Shawn Hlookoff also known by his stage name Shawn Hook (born September 5, 1984, South Slocan, British Columbia, Canada) and originating from Nelson, British Columbia is a Canadian singer, songwriter and producer. Hook is signed to Kreative Soul Entertainment, Inc. under exclusive license to EMI Music Canada. He has a worldwide deal with Hollywood Records for releases outside of Canada.
He studied piano through the royal conservatory from as early as age 4. In high school, he played piano and trombone in a jazz combo and jazz big band under the guidance of Rick Lingard. Shawn enrolled in a music composition course at Mt. Sentinel High School and started writing and recording his own music.
His first release using his real name Shawn Hlookoff was in 2004 after Colin Davison aka Jude Davison, his vocal teacher at Selkirk College Music School offered to produce it. He also gigged with the disco cover band Shag as a trombone player and back-up vocalist. Enrolling at The Art Institute in Vancouver, he studied audio engineering. He released a second independent 11-track album in 2006 titled Both Sides also credited as Shawn Hlookoff.
He was the first artist/songwriter to sign to ABC Studios in Los Angeles in 2008. During that time, he made a live appearance on Good Morning America. His compositions were featured on several ABC TV including "Life in Faith" on Eli Stone, "She Could Be You" on Kyle XY and "Be Myself" in Greek. His song "Without You" premiered on MTV's series The Hills. His music was also featured in other series like Samurai Girl, General Hospital etc. During his time in Los Angeles, he landed his first acting role as a guest star on the Fox TV show Bones.
Adopting the artistic name Shawn Hook, he released his official debut album Cosmonaut and the Girl produced by Jon Levine on EMI with "So Close", "Every Red Light" and "Two Hearts Set on Fire" as singles from the album. He released a holiday song called, "Follow the Lights" in 2012. In 2013 He collaborated with DJ Poet Nam Life and Chebacca on a song called "Laser Ray", released on Listen Deep Records. It was with his 2014 hit single "Million Ways" released on 2 September 2014 that he gained popularity and following becoming his then most successful charting single on Billboard Canadian Hot 100 giving him three simultaneous hits on the Canadian Hot 100. His highest charting single is "Sound of Your Heart", which has peaked at #23 as of June 6, 2015. "Sound of Your Heart" was featured in promotional commercials for Season 20 of The Bachelor.
On December 21, 2015 it was announced that Hook had signed a deal with major US label Hollywood Records. Hollywood and ABC share the same Parent company bringing Hook's US Songwriting and Recording contracts together under one deal.
He established the charity "Feed The Need" with longtime friend Kara Martin, and collected donations for various charities as well as performing at various regional high schools to raise food for the local food bank. Today, he continues with the charity registered and rebranded as "Live To Give".
|Cosmonaut and the Girl|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|2008||"Without You"||—||—||—||Non-album singles|
|2012||"Follow the Lights"||—||—||—|
|"So Close"||68||—||—||Cosmonaut and the Girl|
|"Every Red Light"||65||—||—|
|2014||"Million Ways"||44||—||—||Analog Love|
|2015||"Sound of Your Heart"||23||—||24|
|"—" denotes a recording which failed to chart or was not released to that format.|
- "Without You" was released under the name Shawn Hlookoff.
- "Sound of Your Heart" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number 5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles extension chart.
- as Shawn Hlookoff
- 2008: Kyle XY - "She Could Be You"
- 2008: Eli Stone - "Life in Faith"
- 2009: The Hills - "Without You"
- 2009: Greek - "Be Myself"
- 2009: Bitter/Sweet - "Straight to You"
- 2009: The Suite Life on Deck - "Wonderful Surprise"
Awards and nominations
|2013||Juno Awards||Breakthrough Artist of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|2016||Fan Choice Award||Nominated|