I'm excited to say, "When I Take Your Hand", is quickly becoming one of the more popular wedding songs across the globe. Here's an idea of some of the recognition is has already received:
-Many in the music industry have already deemed it a classic and look forward to hearing it sung in various languages. -Celine Dion once said it made her want to renew her wedding vows. -There are currently over a dozen other professional singers performing it in their LIVE concerts. -It recently won International songwriting contest, "Song of the Year". -Many have already used this song as their first dance song for their own weddings, and many others have mentioned hearing this at someone else's wedding.
All these things have happened over the last two years, and I look forward to watching it continually spread and become more well-known. It's quite an honor to see people use this song for such a special occasion as the First Dance of their very own wedding!
There's another song of mine that I hope will also reach a similar level of success. A new song of mine, called, "You're All My Reasons". It could also become one of the popular wedding songs performed by DJ's and Cover bands alike. It has already been nominated for a Hollywood Music Award and is beginning to receive recognition from various filmmakers. But only time will tell if this song has the potential to become a "classic".
For many years, I had been known as the “pianoman”. However, every time someone labeled me with that moniker, I knew I was getting compared to the great Billy Joel. As proud as I was with such a comparison, Pianoman would always refer to him, and not me. So in order to carve my own sonic niche, I always knew I’d need my own nickname.
After one of my shows, a few fans of mine were complimenting my piano style, and in their description of my hard-hitting fashion, they started using the term, “Hammer Hands”. At the time, I thought it was a funny term used to describe my merciless pounding of the keys. But then, “Hammer Hands” started coming up more and more among my fans. During my pre-show visualization exercises, I started to envision “Hammer Hands” performing for the crowd, rather than Shaun Barrowes. It would be “Hammer Hands” who got the crowds to their feet; it would be “Hammer Hands” who swooned the women; and it would be “Hammer Hands” who earned a deafening applause when the curtain fell. Not Shaun Barrowes the pianoman. I started to like the sound of that.
As a kid, I always fantasized of becoming a superhero. Wolverine was always my favorite, as I’d read X-Men comic books and let my imagination run wild. With this new nickname, I can’t help but feel as though I’ve acquired a piece of that fantasy. Sure, I may not have retractable bone claws or a healing factor that allows me to recover from all wounds, but when I step onto that stage, and the crowds start to cheer, I’m no longer that goofy kid who talks too loud or has a faulty attention span; I am “Hammer Hands”!
The name suits me well—I perform with all reckless abandon, and it’s only fair to let fans know what they’re getting themselves into when they purchase a ticket to see Shaun Barrowes in concert. They should know that Shaun Barrowes is merely my alter ego, and when I dawn my superhero persona, “Hammer Hands”, only then am I ready to rock the stage!