A skilled hospital director, passionate musician, and committed runner, Shawn Brady, PT'99, is a study in how to balance competing priorities.
As a skilled hospital director, passionate musician, and committed runner, Shawn Brady, PT’99, is a study in how to balance competing priorities, a skill he says he learned as a student-athlete at Queen’s.
“Being a part of the Cross-Country and Track and Field teams was definitely as valuable an experience as my academic work,” says Shawn, who was captain of both teams during his busy final year at Queen’s, reaching OUA All-Star status in cross-country.
These days, he often runs 14k to work at Providence Healthcare in Toronto, where he manages a team of such diverse Providence Healthcare professionals as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, and therapeutic recreation therapists.
His varied interests don’t stop there. In November, after 10 years of performing as Bono in the acclaimed U2 tribute group Elevation, Shawn finally released his own upbeat, energetic, debut album, Electric Blood.
“My work at the hospital has definitely helped my musical career,” Shawn reflects. “The fact I have a day job definitely provides me with a professional image and an edge in terms of organizational skills, something I think some musicians forget about. Conversely, the experience I’ve gained as a performer has enabled me to be more confident with public speaking and also has helped spark creativity in the work environment.”
For Shawn, writing his own musical material had been a goal for many years, but finding the time was a challenge and he had struggled to feel confident in his own song-writing abilities. Then, in October 2009, he lost a close friend who had always encouraged him to try song-writing. For his friend’s memorial service, Shawn performed the first song he’d ever written to completion. Soon afterwards, he enlisted another friend to help him record and produce his first solo album -something the pair achieved in eight days.
“I was overwhelmed by the support I received from Queen’s friends at the CD release party in November,” Shawn says. “My friend Matt McInnes (Artsci’97) said it best, and I paraphrase: ‘We could go ten years without seeing each other, but the bonds we formed at Queen’s and the friendships we made are more powerful than the time apart.’”
Electric Blood is available on iTunes. CD versions can also be purchased by contacting Shawn through his website, www.shawnbrady.com