Born in Dublin, Ireland, Shane spent much of his youth shuttling between gigs and dead end jobs before setting up his own recording studio. The only constant in his life was music, an inspiring soundtrack that included artists ranging from U2, Peter Gabriel, Adam Ant and John Lennon. He released the pressures of his life in his song writing, at the same time developing his signature vocal style while fronting a number of local rock bands.
As the driving force of Irish group Joe Public, Shane Butler is widely acknowledged as one of the most distinctive vocalists and gifted songwriters in contemporary music. As Joe Public's primary composer, Butler has penned a string of singles released worldwide, including "Love's so bad", "Alive" and "Why Do You Love Me".
Shane's growing reputation as an exceptional songwriter has led to invitations to collaborate with an elite list of artists and producers, most notably Taylor Mesple, a producer and studio musician who has worked with stars like James Taylor and Keb' Mo'. Taylor co-produced Butler's first (and soon to be released) debut album as a solo artist entitled "1107", with co-producer Pete Nelson, who also played the electric guitars on the CD. The whole album was assembled and mixed in Taylor's studio near Portland Maine, USA. Shane and Taylor met over internet when Shane was looking for a producer to record his debut album. The pair had never even spoken over the phone or even met in person throughout the whole recording of his album, the only communication they ever had was by emailing each other back and fourth via Gmail with different files. They were never in a studio together, which is quite remarkable.
In 2007, the British song writing Academy recognized Butler's track "Headlong" as one of the year's top songs, an accolade which recognizes a songwriter in the early years of his or her career that is already making an impact. With his debut solo album "1107", Butler begins a new chapter in his remarkable musical journey, with the sun shining upon him and the wind at his back.
"1107" is produced by Pete Nelson and Taylor Mesple who recently released his new album "All the While".
You can download these two album at OLD PORT RECORDS.