Hailing from Massena, NY, Singer-Songwriter Shawn D. Stoddard has been playing instruments since he was a young lad. "I used to tear apart my race tracks and use them as sticks and beat on cardboard boxes," laughs Stoddard. "My parents finally got sick of it and gave me a set of Candy Apple Red Remo PTS drums when I was eight-years-old. This not only deterred me from tearing apart my race tracks,
it also stopped me from beating on my parent's pots and pans."
Stoddard contributes his drumming style to the likes of Carter Beauford, Tim Alexander, and Mike Portnoy. "In junior high I was a huge Dave Mathews, Primus, and Dream Theater fan," Stoddard said. "So I studied their drumming techniques and adapted my own style from that." It was during these formative years that Stoddard started playing drums left-handed in various bands with local kids in the Massena, Norfolk, Norwood, and Raymondville areas. It was also during this time that he got his first electric guitar, a Tobacco Sunburst Harmony Stratocaster copy to be exact. "As a teenager I didn't understand the intricacy of the guitar yet, but I did understand the drums”, said Stoddard. "When I was 16-years-old a good friend of mine, Tim Wilson, started teaching me how to play guitar. He was very influential in the starting of my career. When I turned 21-years-old, I switched gears from playing the drums and started playing the guitar in bands, as well as writing my own music."
For the next eight years, Stoddard went on a rock-and-roll quest, as both a full-piece band and a solo act, entertaining fans in clubs, bars, coffee shops, and private parties throughout New Hampshire, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Maine, Vermont, and Niagara Falls. To improve his musicianship and showcase his original music, Stoddard entered several Battle of the Bands competitions, all of which proved to be beneficial to his career. "Somebody once told me to stick to one instrument that I am good and not go off that path,” recalls Stoddard. “But since I wanted to be a versatile musician, I decided to venture outside the box and learned how to play bass and keyboards, in addition to songwriting, singing, guitar, and drums.”
A right-handed guitarist, Stoddard won the Battle of the Bands competition that was held at SUNY Canton with his original song "Talk about it” in September 2002. This win made it possible for his music to be featured on several area radio stations throughout St. Lawrence County and Canada. Over the next three years, this particular win also paved the way for Stoddard’s original music to take first place in two more Battle of the Band competitions held at the Turning Stone Casino, as well as three first place runner-up prizes at competitions held at The Turning Stone Casino, the Penny Arcade in Rochester, and the Penny Arcade in Buffalo.
Stoddard is working on his debut acoustic cross-over album "Further Down That Road" featuring music ranging from country to hard rock and everything in between. Thus far he has released the music video version of “Further Down That Road” with accompanying guitarist Roman Salas, as well as the song “Are You Out There” from his debut album. He has also re-released the songs “You Don’t Know” and “Talk About It,” both of which will be including on the album, and is working on the music video for the title track "Futher Down that Road."
Currently Stoddard is ranked #1 on the Alternative/Pop Rock/ Country Grunge charts on ReverbNation for Ogdensburg, NY with 2,635 fans and counting. He is also ranked #1 in the all genres charts on ReverbNation for Ogdensburg, NY.
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