American singer songwriter Shawn Phillips has worked with industry greats like The Beatles, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Michael Kamen over the past 40 years.
With 25 albums and several DVDs to his name, he remains an artist who has stayed true to himself regarding the style and composition of his work. Shawn Phillips was described as "The best kept secret in the music business" by the late rock impresario Bill Graham.
Backed by four Quebecois musicians, Shawn played twenty sold-out dates in Quebec this summer, making stops in Shawinigan, Sorel-Tracy, Mont-Tremblant and tons of spots in between. He also played Montreal's Botanical Gardens, drawing a crowd of more than 2000 people. Throughout his tour, Shawn made multiple media appearances, including stops at Global Morning and Belle & Bum. For the latter, he offered an incredible performance, broadcast on October 9 via Télé Québec, which included his i iconic track Woman and the song C’Mon Round from his new album.
Shawn recorded his 25th album of 12 songs, Continuance, with top-level musicians like Brockett Parsons (Lady Gaga's main keys player). The album was mixed by Joe Primeau (REO Speedwagon, Mary Margaret O’hara, New Found Glory, Anvil) and mastered by Chas Ferry.
"It has 3 pillars - anger, wonder and technique,” explains Phillips, "and skirts around topics like US and world politics, but reminds the listener that happiness is a state of mind and no one can take away our capacity to feel joy".