Shawn Wells
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Hello, my name is Shawn Wells I'm from Oceana WV, I'm 36yrs old I'm married with 3 beautiful children. I'm a drummer I've been playing for 31yrs drums are my passion.

I was born with amnyoplasia congenita which is a form of arthrogryposis, basically I have no hip or knee joints and my hands are fused at my wrists. When I was little drums always captivated me, anytime I went by s store that had a drum set in the widow or I saw one I had to go check it out. I started playing on my mother's pots and pans and then eventually moved up to a bongo drum which I played so much I wore a hole in it.

I was 5 when I received my first set, I had so much to figure out like how I was going to hold my sticks and how I was going to work my bass drum and hi hats, but I was determined and wanted to be a drummer and I wasn't going to let my differences stop me. I don't use the standard techniques like match grip or traditional grip, heel toe, heel up, heel down, swivel, I use the Shawn Wells techniques as I like to say. I played backwards for years see I'm a lefty but I had everything set up like a righty so I never used my hi hat pedal so I came up with a stick technique that made it sound like I was opening and closing them. When I was 18 I was playing in the church band in Oceana and the music director asked "Shawn have you ever tried setting your kit up like a true lefty". I said no I hadn't and we set them up like a true lefty and that's how I've been setting up ever since believe me it was weird at first lol.

Over the years I've played in many types of bands, country, rock, hard rock, alternative, heavy metal, and contemporary Christian Rock/blues.

Right now I'm in a band called CORE, we formed back in 2012, we are an indie rock band, we are getting ready to finish up our official debut album with producer and wonderful friend Paul Rockwell. Whenever someone asks me how I'm able to play I always say God is the reason! Drums are my passion!

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New album

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 5:43pm 0 Comments

My band CORE is about to start recording our official album, we are excited to get started and see what reactions we get. We are hoping everyone will enjoy the album and start gaining some momentum. May we go to FL to shoot a scene in a major motion picture and also one of the songs off the new record will be for the movie!

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At 3:30pm on April 22, 2016, Kei Bland said…

Awesome news! Please keep us updated as to the release date! Peace

At 12:38pm on March 30, 2016, Sue Walton said…

To long Shawn,hope all is well:)

At 2:32am on March 30, 2016, Kate McRae said…
Love the determination and passion! You're an inspiration. Great to get to know more about you! - Kate
At 8:03pm on March 28, 2016, Michael Kay said…

Dang brother we just watched your youtube video of you playing drums!!! WOW you rock!

At 8:01pm on March 28, 2016, Michael Kay said…

You are getting the word out!  Good Job!




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