Discipline: Music

Based In: New York

Website: tomshaner


Tom Shaner is a critically acclaimed songwriter based in New York City. His sound varies, but it is his own. There are electric and acoustic elements to his music; ballads, waltzes, rockers, and narrative songs blending into sonic forays. Might be described as some space in between Elvis Presley and Leonard Cohen, with a nod to Blues, 70′s new wave, punk, and a dash of urban soul with a hip hop awareness. He is a New Yorker after all.


Shaner often plays in downtown Manhattan, East Village, and the Lower East Side as well as around the U.S.A. and Ireland. He calls his music “Ghost Songs, Waltzes, and Rock & Roll.”That is also the title of his debut full-length solo release, out October of 2012. The album is a 15 track track journey produced by Shaner and Charles Newman of Mother West (Magnetic Fields, Soko, Stephin Merritt, Gospel Music). Tom also directs many of his own videos as well. This follows his 2011 acclaimed EP, “Get Real Or Get Gone EP“.


“…his dusty Americana has a fresh and modern sound. Like his namesake Mr. Waits, Tom’s songs often have an undercurrent of humor running through them; even the more somber numbers have an eccentricity to them that few artists can muster. Tom Shaner’s music has an infectious swagger and underlying positivity that seems effortless.” – Galway Independent