Thursday, 16 March 2023

Single Review: Shawny - Justin Time

Shawny is an exciting new artist from Montreal in Canada, who has been creating music since the early pandemic days of 2020. He writes fun and meaningful songs that provide appeal to both the young and young at heart. He describes himself as an "edu-tainer", in that his background resides in early childhood education, which provides the bedrock for many of his educational themes.

Although he has only been around for a relatively short time, he has already made a huge splash on the children's music scene, having been featured on numerous radio shows and podcasts, and become increasingly active live.  Drawing inspiration from a long line of superb Canadian musicians including the likes of Raffi, and Sharon, Lois & Bram. He is clearly in good company.

His latest release "Justin Time", shows him venturing into rock territory, with pristine vocals, delightful harmonies and as catchy a tune as you are ever likely to hear. The song utilises a play on words, where the central character of the song will 'never keep you waiting because being late is a crime'. 

The song features live instrumentation throughout, including bass, drums, keyboards and what sounds like a slightly distorted guitar firing away in the background. One of the major strengths of the song is the lead vocals, which have a purity of intent, and resonate superbly throughout. There are also opportunities for counting throughout the song incorporated neatly into an inspired arrangement.

All in all a significant new talent here, who has set a hectic pace in the short time he has been treading the boards. I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more from him in the future.

Shawny - just in time to dance.