We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawn Minor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shawn, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have always done music and been around musicians because every member of my family either plays an instrument or sings. It’s still hard to say if I chose it, or it chose me, but I believe I pursue an artistic career because it is the only line of work in which I feel truly fulfilled – nothing beats making a genuine connection with your audience and providing a sound experience they’ll commit to memory.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m most proud of the feedback I receive from listeners and fans. A lot of the time I’m hearing “this sounds good, but I can’t think of a genre for it”, or “Man, why hasn’t this gone viral?!” I’m probably most proud of the uniqueness that my feedback confirms. If I can make something that moves someone, I think that’s always the goal.
Getting to a point where I’m playing music to pay the bills has been a rollercoaster to say the least. I’ve been playing music since a young age, but the lucrative-ness of it, I was unaware of until recently. Up until I started booking gigs, I was doing property manager and maintenance work which can be very demanding both with time and energy, but I think staying committed to the vision I had is the only thing that pushed me through challenges as they arose – and the grace of God of course.
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you have to be your biggest fan and your biggest critic, and that requires huge commitment to your vision. So if I could offer any advice to upcoming creatives, it would be to stay committed and keep God first, people are janky.
Before it’s all said and done, Shawn Minor will have brought immense light and love to his listeners and fans via genre-defying vibes and positive affirmations. I want the world to know that no matter where people are from, we can learn something from everyone, and I think music is a powerful tool when it comes to learning.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s hard for me to claim just one city being a government brat, That being said, a few places that have had impacts on my creative development over the years are Denver, Colorado, Richmond, Virginia, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Denver – Maybe it’s because the air is thinner a mile high, or because it receives so much sun, but this city just radiates happiness and wellness. For tourists, I don’t really have much to suggest other than the local dispensaries. The culture of the city is slipping ever so slightly with the influx of fad chasers, but the sun still feels the same…idk, just go Broncos! Growing up here was a blessing. The city is bursting at the seams with active, life-loving people.
Richmond – I have to represent RVA! Churchill up! OK, the thing about Richmond is that it was going to be the capitol of the United States had the confederacy won. That being said, imagine DC, and New York and Florida all in one. Yep, that’s a recipe for awesome. Now if you’re in my city, go to Broad st and grab something to eat at the waffle house, and make sure yall get a fresh cut by my cousin, @jayymiracle. No seriously, this is my city…I’m taxing!
Virginia Beach – Great place to settle down and have a family especially for military. Everyone should check out my friends at Elevation 27 and LunaSea if you guys are looking for a lounge or club. These two places have been hubs of social life and hot events for a while now. We used to play at The Boxx off of Atlantic, but they turned it to a police station. After Pharrell stepped back his investments in “Something in The Water”, sadly a lot of hope has left the city, but I have faith the toxicity will come to an end, and the people will vote in leaders that understand the need for creative and artistic expression!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutouts to The Minor Family, Old Dominion University Music Faculty, Ari Herstand, ASCAP, Ben and Friends, and MrBobbyMandela, and of course to the artists that inspire me as well.
I think primarily I have to thank my father, Walter Minor, for introducing me to praise and worship. For me, it all started with hymns and gospels and he has always nurtured my learning like Obi Wan Kinobi,