SLACKER LAUNCHES SHOWCASE STATION PROGRAMMED AND HOSTED BY SHAWN HOOK
Emerging Canadian Artist Shares Personal Stories Behind the Music That Has Influenced Him Most
SAN DIEGO – May 8, 2012 – Slacker Inc. today launched the Shawn Hook Showcase, an exclusive station on Slacker Radio curated and hosted by the emerging singer- songwriter Shawn Hook. Highlighting the songs that inspire and influence him the most, Shawn Hook Showcase is now available in the Artist Showcase station category on Slacker applications for all major smartphones, the iPad and on the web at: www.Slacker.com/station/Shawn-Hook-Showcase.
Slacker was introduced to Shawn Hook in Toronto during Slacker Canadian Music Week 2012. After recording three “1-take” tracks that can be seen and heard on Slacker’s YouTube channel, they teamed and set up an impromptu performance for an unsuspecting crowd in the hotel lobby of Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Slacker invited Shawn Hook to visit their studio to hand-program his own Artist Showcase station. Shawn performed several incredible acoustic performances in the studio and selected hundreds of his favorite songs for the station, while recording personal stories and candid commentary that can be heard throughout the station. Bands and artists on the Shawn Hook Showcase include Elton John, Jeff Buckley, Deadmau5, Beastie Boys and more. In addition, music from his debut album, Cosmonaut and the Girl, is also featured on the station – including Canadian Billboard Hot 100 single “Every Red Light.”
“When I was asked to put together my own station for Slacker Radio, I was really excited. I basically put together the playlist of my life – every song means something personal to me,” said Shawn Hook. “I remember where I was, who I was with and what I was doing the first time I heard each song. I guess that’s why we all love great music, and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy music than Slacker Radio.”
To watch exclusive performance videos from Shawn Hook’s time in the Slacker studios, as well as an impromptu performance of “Every Red Light” and additional performances during Canadian Music Week 2012, watch the Slacker video playlist at: bit.ly/ShawnHookSlackerRadio.
“When we connected with Shawn Hook at Canadian Music Week, we saw firsthand the raw talent he possesses,” said Scott Riggs, senior director of radio at Slacker. “We were excited to have Shawn create his own station on Slacker Radio and give his fans unique and personal insight into his life experiences and the music that shaped the artist he is today.”
Slacker Artist Showcase stations are hosted and curated by the artists, giving listeners insight into the musical influences and personal stories of teenage rebellion, family memories and career triumphs of their favorite musicians. Artist Showcase stations feature a diverse and growing array of genres, further emphasizing Slacker’s dedication to being the ultimate music discovery resource.
Artist Showcase stations can be enjoyed anywhere that Slacker is available: on all major smartphones, the iPad, in Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, connected home devices including Sonos and online at www.Slacker.com. Wherever they tune in, Slacker listeners have instant access to their favorite music, artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art. On-demand access to the Slacker music library is also available with Slacker Premium Radio. To get the free mobile application, simply direct your mobile web browser to www.Slacker.com.
About Shawn Hook
Shawn Hook’s EMI Music debut, Cosmonaut and the Girl, out on May 8, says a lot about the artist, his direction and the music. Blessed with a stratospheric vocal range, heard right off the bat on the lead track, “Planet Earth,” and particularly on “Rockstaria,” the pianist and guitarist from Nelson, British Columbia shot for the stars on this recording, adding modern electronic elements to his organic singer-songwriter base. The album, produced by Jon Levine (The Philosopher Kings, Nelly Furtado, Kreesha Turner), is a constellation of electro-spiked pop, like meteors of Paul McCartney and Elton John hurling through space collecting particles of One Republic and Muse. The first single, “Every Red Light,” is a pumping race to get to your girl, while new single “So Close” offers a more inspirational message and was recently featured in promo spots on Global Television for Kiefer Sutherland’s new hit show Touch.
To learn more about Shawn Hook, visit: www.ShawnHook.com
About Slacker, Inc.
Slacker offers the world’s most complete range of radio services, from millions of songs to custom content from ESPN Radio, ABC News and much more. Whether it’s the award-winning free Slacker Basic Radio, the fully-loaded Slacker Radio Plus, or Slacker Premium offering on-demand access to Slacker’s music catalog, listeners enjoy a unique, custom listening experience. Slacker enables music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site, in Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, on connected home devices or on-the-go with free Slacker Personal Radio applications. Slacker mobile applications are available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry smartphones and more. For additional information visit: www.Slacker.com/about.
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