The Nova Scotia Mass Choir welcomed its newest Musical Director, Shawn Downey, in January 2019. Shawn is well-known to the choir, first as its past bass player and now as its Director.
A native of North Preston, Shawn lives and breathes music. Shawn plays bass guitar, keyboards/piano, and drums at a professional level.
Shawn has a proven record of skillfully directing bands, musical shows, choir events and programs. Shawn is currently the music minister at East Preston United Baptist Church and a former music minister of Saint Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston. While with St. Thomas, Shawn co-produced a CD with the Hallelujah Praise Choir titled: For You I Am Praying - which won an ECMA (Gospel Group of the Year) in 2004.
Aside from gospel music, Shawn has an extensive music career. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as: Gary Beals, Woody Woods, Owen Lee, The Gospel Heirs, Sanctified Brothers, Carson Downey Band, and Shane Dunn, to name a few.
Shawn has spent significant time at Blessed Hope Ministries in Cleveland Ohio, USA, collaborating with Javert Haynes (bass player with Bobby Jones Gospel).
Since 2013, Shawn has been the Owner/Producer of Sharp #5 Productions where he does everything from musical arrangements to mixing and mastering.
In 2017, Shawn was presented with the prestigious ANSMA Industry Award for his well-deserved accomplishments in the music industry.