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Shawn Chrystopher

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The Inglewood, California native has spent a lifetime perfecting his craft with hopes of one day showcasing his gifts to the masses Growing up, Shawn Chrystopher (Born Shawn Christopher Garrett, II) fell in love with music at a very early age; taking a liking to Kriss Kross, 2Pac, Puff Daddy, and Michael Jackson—to name a few. As a kid, Shawn would take a small radio into his backyard and pretend as if he were performing for a sold out stadium, using his television remote as his microphone.

“I remember having one of my ‘performances’ in my backyard one afternoon, and glancing over and seeing my mom watch me. She kind of had this ‘what the hell is this boy doing?’ look on her face…but I still finished my show.”
-Shawn Chrystopher

In 1997, during his first day at Foshay Learning Center, Shawn was introduced to music in a different light as he enrolled into his very first music class. In this class, he was not only taught the fundamentals of music—such as melodies and music theory—he also acquired the knowledge of music history as well as the skills to not only play, but master many different instruments.

It was that same year that Shawn met industry exec and life-long mentor/friend Tom Sturges. At the time Tom, who was head of Shaquille O’neal’s record label “TWisM,” came to Shawn’s school to meet with another student who he was sponsoring in a mentorship program. Coincidentally, during his visit Tom was able to see Shawn perform at one of the many assemblies he took part in, and instantly saw the talent and star-power Shawn possessed.

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