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Emmy-nominated Composer & Bestselling Author

At 15, Shaun Barrowes was ready to give it all up and quit, but one inspirational teacher, Mr. Brooks, changed everything. Shaun's remarkable journey led him to become an American Idol top contestant, an Emmy-nominated composer, a successful songwriter, and a bestselling author. His career has been filled with high-profile collaborations, including work with Jackie Chan and performances alongside Imagine Dragons, showcasing a thrilling and adventurous career.

Shaun is known for his innovative approaches, his outside-the-box solutions, and his unwavering resilience. He's a bestselling author of the first YA Musical Fantasy Book series of its kind, "The Paradise Planets!"

When we accept the failures of our past,

we allow ourselves to succeed in the future!

Thanks to the support of dedicated teachers, mentors, and a wonderful set of parents, Shaun has thrived in the music and entertainment industry for nearly three decades.
Over the years, Shaun has performed events for countless groups of students, parents, and educators – with audiences as large as 40,000 – and to date has performed live in front of more than thirty million people. Viral videos of his have been viewed an estimated 500 million times online.

Shaun is deeply committed to sharing his insights on resilience, aiming to empower educators, administrators, and students to bounce back quickly from their challenges. 

A thrilling message and musical performance

Shaun trains educators on how to truly harness the power of creativity and inspirational tools to inspire and lift others. Shaun is one of the most entertaining and inspiring talents of our time. Mix in an Emmy-nominated artist, add his captivating storytelling and wild musical challenges, top it off with a message that'll pierce you directly to the heart, and you have Shaun Barrowes. His content and performance are both youth-tested and parent-approved! 

"Shaun's a master of his craft and a wonderful role model for all people, not just students." - Earl Hurrey, former Walt Disney Entertainment Manager and Deputy Executive Director of the National Association for Music Education. 

Students, teachers, and parents constantly praise Shaun's powerful insights and unique approach to bouncing back from life's hardest challenges.


About Shaun Barrowes

Award-Winning, Bestselling YA Fantasy Author


Emmy-Nominated Composer for his song, "Army of Kings"


Top 30 Contestant on 
American Idol, Season 7

Performer with Bands/Artists including: Janelle Monae
Imagine Dragons 
Lindsey Stirling

Songwriter for Jackie Chan and his Green Heroes tour

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Songwriter, Music Producer, and Video Co-Producer for "Being Awesome", with almost 430 Million Views on YouTube

Singer and Songwriter for the theme song "Light of the Day/Dark of the Night" for Shadow Complex by Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite. 

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Winner of $30,000 Songwriting contest, Slice the Pie

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Featured Guest performer for Drum Corps International and Bands of America at Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis), and for Fame ShowChoirs National Championship

Producer and Performer of Reel Sessions at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London

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