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Shane Cooley

Nothing moves Shane Cooley like writing a song. "I don't know how I'd function if I wasn't a songwriter," said Shane, "It's my way of coping with life." It is because of this that Shane's songs are so easy to connect with; it is why they can give you chills. They are songs of innocence and experience. Most of all, there is a heartbreaking honesty to them. "My songs are just as much yours as they are mine," he said.

Shane's second love is clearly performing. Self-proclaimed to be "obsessed with the road," he books his own tours of the United States and Europe. The 25-year-old Virginia native's career has spanned over a decade. Since graduating from the College of William and Mary, he has been touring full-time. He formed rock bands early on, eventually landing on his feet as a solo performer. Even though he is always in tune with his many influences (from Smokey Robinson to Neil Young), Shane's years of honing his craft have branded him with his own distinctive sound.

The prolific artist has recorded 13 albums and EPs, showcased at festivals such as SXSW, received critical acclaim from publications such as The Alternate Root Magazine and performed onstage with Mercury Records' Parachute. He was also 1st Runner-Up for "Best Male Artist" in the International Acoustic Music Awards. His songs have been spun on countless radio and internet stations, and have been placed on over 300 IHeartRadio websites.

Shane, if anything, is more driven than ever. "I pick up a pen and Blondie (his guitar), and I know that this is right; this is what I'm made for," he said. He is the kind of artist who drives out to meet his fate at all costs, and he is not about to be forgotten.