Shawn Downey (Present)

The Nova Scotia Mass Choir welcomes its newest Director, Shawn Downey.  Shawn is well-known to the choir, first as its bass player and recently as its Acting 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 Baptist Church and former music minister of St. Thomas Baptist church in North Preston.  While with St. Thomas Shawn co-produced a CD with the Hallelujah Praise Choir entitled: 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 and has collaborated and performed with such artists as: Gary Beals, Woody Woods, Owen Lee, The Gospelaires, 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.