Shawn Hook is coming out to play

Shawn Hook is taking his latest EP My Side of Your Story out for a spin.

The popstar joins Hedley as a special guest on their Cageless tour and the nationwide trip is scheduled to hit arenas across Canada in early 2018.

My Side of Your Story, released back in June, chases the success of Shawn’s 2015 album Analog Love and its hit singles “Million Ways” and “Sound of Your Heart.”

“It was a lot of hard work and a lot of time in the studio,” Shawn says of his most recent effort. “There were 80 songs I wrote to try to get the best songs I could put out.”

Those double digits might sound excessive, especially when it comes to recording for an extended play which contains far less tracks than the average album (often as little as three), but Shawn tells me that it’s all part of his creative process.

“I’m a numbers guy,” he explains. “If I’m not flexing that creative muscle, I’m not going to get to that top stage that I’m aiming for. Sometimes it falls flat. You’re not going to write a hit song every single day.”

Among the four tracks that made the final cut for My Side of Your Story is the lead single “Reminding Me,” a duet with actor/singer Vanessa Hudgens.

Even with that added star power, Shawn admits he was nervous when it came time to release the song and give his public the first taste of his new music.

“It’s always a balance between anxiety and excitement when putting out a new project because when you’re in the studio, you’re working your butt off and hoping that this is going to be great. That’s all I can really do, hope the world is going to enjoy this, hope people are going to like it.”

Shawn can rest easy now. People are loving it.

“Reminding Me” made the top 10 on multiple Canadian Billboard charts including the Canada Hot AC chart where it peaked at No. 4. The song is also certified platinum in Canada and its sexy black and white accompanying video featuring the two singers has over 10 million views on YouTube.

Shawn clearly has a hit on his hands and that success is a shared one. The pop-ballad that has everyone swooning was co-written by singer-songwriter Ethan Thompson of Ocean Park Standoff and Danish songwriter and producer Jonas Jeberg famous for working with Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj.

Shawn also got some help penning and producing “Never Let Me Let You Go” and the two other tunes that make up My Side of Your Story from a handful of talent including OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and Jason Evigan, the man behind hits like Madonna’s “Ghosttown” and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.”

“I got to collaborate with a lot of great people, a lot of heavy hitters in the songwriting and production community and it was a lot of fun making this music,” Shawn says.

Now Shawn is ready to tour in support of My Side of Your Story and as he looks at the finished product he thinks of just one word that perfectly sums up his release, emotional.

“Emotional because that’s where I am as a songwriter,” he says. “I like to write true stories, things that I’ve gone through and stuff that I think people can relate to.”

Shawn adds that the words hard work also come to mind. As the songwriter mentioned, he came up with 80-some songs before creating the perfect collection that he is now so very proud of.

“The older I get and the more experience I get as a writer, the pickier, more self-critical I get,” says the 33-year-old. “I’m very analytical, I have to be, because once I have a song out there it has to speak for itself, it has to be amazing.”

Shawn’s EP My Side of Your Story is available on iTunes now.

Shawn joins Hedley on their Cageless Tour. See dates below.

November 23 – Imperial – Vancouver, British Columbia
February 05 – Abbotsford Centre – Abbotsford, British Columbia
February 06 – Save On Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria, British Columbia
February 08 – Prince George CN Centre – Prince George, British Columbia
February 09 – Revolution Arena – Grande Prairie, Alberta
February 10 – Enmax Centrium – Red Deer, Alberta
February 12 – Stampede Corral – Calgary, Alberta
February 14 – Canalta Centre – Medicine Hat, Alberta
February 15 – Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
February 16 – Brandon Keystone Centre – Brandon, Manitoba
February 19 – Barrie Molson Centre – Barrie, Ontario
February 20 – TD Place Arena – Ottawa, Ontario
February 21 – Place Bell – Laval, Quebec
February 23 – Scotiabank Centre – Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
February 24 – Credit Union Place – Summerside, PE, Canada
February 26 – Centre Videotron – Québec City, Quebec
February 27 – Rogers K-Rock Centre – Kingston, Ontario
March 01 – Powerade Centre – Brampton, Ontario
March 02 – Peterborough Memorial Centre – Peterborough, Ontario
March 03 – Hershey Centre – Mississauga, Ontario
March 06 – FirstOntario Centre – Hamilton, Ontario
March 07 – Meridian Centre – St. Catharines, Ontario
March 09 – Tribute Communities Centre – Oshawa, Ontario
March 10 – Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex – Kitchener, Ontario
March 11 – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor – Windsor, Ontario
March 13 – Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre – Owen Sound, Ontario
March 14 – Sudbury Arena – Sudbury, Ontario
March 17 – Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, Manitoba
March 19 – Sasktel Centre – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
March 20 – Imperial Oil Place – Cold Lake, Alberta
March 22 – Rogers Place – Edmonton, Alberta
March 23 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, British Columbia

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