Crushable Exclusive: Interview With Disney Actor Turned Pop Star Shane Harper

Under the radar pop singer Shane Harper made a huge impression on Crushable when he won the reader’s choice up-and-coming musician poll for our 25 Crushable Guys Under 25 feature by a landslide. The former Disney actor’s working hard to make the transition from acting to singing and it’s obvious to us that he already has the fan base to make that happen. Seriously, his fans came out in droves to make sure he made it to the official list. What spot did he get on the list? You’ll have to check back with us tomorrow to find out!

I got the opportunity to speak with Shane about his experiences working on television and the music industry and I’ve got to say I’m pretty stoked to see all the exciting places his career will take him this year.

You’ve  transitioned from child actor to adult musician, but how did you decide to make that career change and were there any unexpected challenges?

Shane Harper: I don’t really feel like it was a purposeful career change, but rather just a natural transition because of my age, and the fact that I’ve considered myself an actor and a musician since my musical theater days, which began when I was 9.

How does life as an actor compare to life as a musician?

My heart really is in both places all of the time. When I’m on the road doing shows, I definitely think about potential acting projects, and when I have an acting job, I look forward to the next time I get to perform a live show. They are two totally different aspects of the performing arts, and yet both allow me to express myself in different ways. For me, the passion for one fosters the passion for the other.

How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard of you before reading this interview.

Soulful pop/acoustic.

When you say soulful and pop, what does that mean? Who would you compare yourself to?

It’s hard to compare myself to anyone, but I’ve always been inspired by artists like Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Phil Collins, Adele, etc. I think those are a few of the places where the soulful pop influence comes from.

Fill in the blank. You should listen to Shane Harper’s music because he writes his own music, and performs it live.

Go to the next page to see the rest of the interview, the music video for his song “Rocketship” as well as a video message from Shane to all his Crushable fans!

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