Musical Director

Shawn Downey

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.

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