ABOUT TOLAN

 

Tolan Shaw is an award-winning artist who has risen in the Southern California music scene as a pop/soul singer-songwriter who will stop at nothing to build a career with his original music. Both a solo acoustic troubadour and the frontman of his own band, Shaw’s music is catchy and soulful, bluesy and melodic, poppy and sincere.

It is also highly inspired by his yearn to travel and to learn about the world and its people. In the last year, Shaw won "Best Singer-Songwriter" at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards, became a Taylor Guitars official artist, wrote music with notable hit writers, and took a 4 month journey to Southeast Asia (endorsed by Taylor and GoPro) to write music and create a travel-music video series called “Wandersong.” Having shared the stage with international acts such as Gavin Degraw, Nate Ruess, and Switchfoot, toured nationally and internationally, and achieved success placing and licensing songs with various TV networks and music libraries, Shaw is well positioned to become a career artist and a songwriter.

“Shades” is Shaw’s newest project; an EP consisting of sets of songs with different moods and production. Shade 1 is the first stage, with the sunny "Golden State of Mind" and "Comfortable" out now.

 

Shaw(s) lyrics and melodies and reminiscent... of an American style Ed Sheeran, with the calming flavour of Jack Johson and a lot of positivity thrown in, similar to Michael Franti. Blend it all together for a truly great combination. Contemporary, but a definite crossover of styles from bluesy to pop. Tolan Shaw captures the attention of all ages.
— Cheryl Alterman, Bay Area Magazine, 2017

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