Born in Trinidad and raised in Barbados, there are no limits for this artist and songwriter. Hip hop, reggae, and pop seamlessly cascade within his infectious and inimitable sound. Acoustic guitar can give way to a dance floor beat just as easily as a reggae groove can float with rap flavor. It's as free as music can possibly be.
Shane Free's spirit can be
felt on each of his songs.
The artist describes his personal blend best: "There's definitely a free-minded approach," he declares. "My sound is a fusion. I love hip hop and reggae, but I'm from the islands and I sing with a Caribbean edge. There are dimensions to the songs that have a raw, organic feeling."
The music arises naturally...
...because he's been a musician for as long as he can recall. Born to legendary Barbadian singer Mickey Dee, Shane began playing piano almost as soon as he could speak. In high school, he discovered rap music, and his world flipped upside down. Releasing his first single "Sharp Style" at only 15-years-old, he dominated the charts in Barbados, reaching #22 most played. Soon after, he co-founded Baytown Crew, released the group's debut on Magnetic Image Records, and toured the United Kingdom for a year. All of these experiences simply prepared him for his forthcoming first solo record though.
Relocating to Toronto,
Shane teamed up with producer extraordinaire Inotchz, creating his 'Moving Forward' project.
Shane Free decided to take more control of his music, teaching himself to produce and mix his own records. Shane is now focused on releasing songs directly to his fans.
Everyone is going to love Shane because he's so open and honest. "I approach music from my heart," he smiles. The songs express how I feel, and I'm true to myself. If you tap into your sixth sense, the art should just come out of the air. Living in Barbados has a big impact on me. Being in the islands gives you a spiritual awareness. It keeps me grounded. I'll write in nature with acoustic guitar and take in everything around me."
Ultimately though, the music is about the freedom to cut loose and live in the moment. He concludes, "I want people to have a good time. This whole existence on Mother Earth is about feelings, whether or not people realize it. I want listeners to connect to this. I hope it inspires them and gives them that good positive energy."
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