SHPHRD strives with each song he writes to capture the inherent beauty and present pain of life, relationships, faith and doubt. Songwriting is his passion, nurtured in childhood by a love of playing and listening to the music of Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and other old favorites of his father, and discovered in adolescence as a form of prayer and protest under the influence of Dave Matthews, Jars of Clay and many other folk and alternative artists introduced to him by his older, and much cooler sister. Now a husband and father of two, SHPHRD continues to seek meaning in the landscapes and the people he encounters, finding hope in his craft of gorgeous melodies and thoughtful lyrics.