Shane Cooley isn’t concerned about the voices in his head. For half of his 29 years, they have given him answers in the form of song. He has officially released seven albums and EPs, and currently has over fifty songs that have not been recorded..and counting. His sound, a majestic blend of mainly folk, rock and blues, has a seasoned uniqueness. His tell-tale voice and emotionally driven live performances can give you goosebumps, both solo and with his band. The poetry in his lyrics, however, are what give him his high caliber.
His seventh and latest release, Kings Highway, was produced by Bob Rupe (Sparklehorse,Cracker), and received critical acclaim from Austin Chronicle writer Jim Caligiuri, hailing him as a “substantial songsmith.” The album also received airplay from radio stations in the U.S. and Europe, including NPR station KUTX in Austin. His work has been recognized by songwriting contests such as the International Acoustic Music Awards and Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. His songs have also been placed on television shows including NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” and IBC’s “The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman.” He also composed the music for the Amazon/Onion Creek Productions’ book preview for “Tough Love,” by New York Times Bestseller Lori Foster.
Shane wrote his first song when he was ten years old, in a rural part of Virginia known as the Northern Neck. He played his first show at age thirteen. After graduating with an English degree from the The College of William and Mary in 2010, he took to the road, booking his own tours throughout the U.S. and a European tour in 2012. He has spent the past few years in Austin, TX, where he has been honing his skills and marinating his sound in one of the world’s most active music scenes. Over the years, Shane’s prolific songwriting has become an impressive catalog, and he has been known played four-hour shows of his own original music.