Shane Connery Volk Shares Thoughts On First-Ever Solo Single “Shiver”

Kat Harlton

Calgary-based singer-songwriter Shane Connery Volk, lead vocalist of the chart-topping Canadian rock band One Bad Son, recently released his first-ever solo single “Shiver” on October 22 via all streaming platforms. 

Best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band One Bad Son, his commanding stage presence and soaring vocal range has put him in a league of his own as a Rock N Roll frontman for the last 18 years. OBS have toured with incredible artists such as Def Leppard, Judas Priest, and Shinedown, and landed a coveted spot on the only Canadian stop of the 2019 Rolling Stones tour.  

In embracing the full spectrum of his art, Shane has also embarked on a career as a professional comic book artist. His first series, the medieval noir Nottingham with Florida publisher Mad Cave Studios, has already gained great success, shattering all of the company’s previous sales records, with each book receiving multiple printings.  

To coincide with the single release Shane is also releasing a 20-page graphic novel that he created called “Shiver”.

We had the opportunity to chat with Shane about his first solo single, his creative process and what’s next. (Hint: more comic art!)

Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your latest single “Shiver”?

Shane: I wrote Shiver at a time when I felt lost in my own creativity. The band had been writing, recording, and touring for 16 years, and I was burnt out. After our last long tour, I began the process of rediscovering my connection to music and art, and Shiver was created directly out of that process. I’ll always have a special connection to this song. 

Kat: What do you hope fans take from the track?

Shane: I hope people connect to the lyrics. Especially anyone who has pursued a dream or a goal and lost themselves along the way. Mostly I just want people to crank it up and enjoy! 

Kat: What did you find was the most challenging part of your creative process on this solo project?

Shane: The toughest part was making all of the decisions on my own. I’m so used to working collaboratively as a group. That part was daunting, but I also really enjoyed it. It was really freeing, but I wouldn’t want to do it full-time. I definitely missed the band dynamic!

Kat: What has been a career highlight for you so far? What have you learned along the way?

Shane: Opening for the Rolling Stones was definitely a highlight. There are a lot, that I am so grateful to have experienced. It’s tough to narrow them down! The biggest thing I’ve learned is to be open to other people’s ideas and to celebrate other people’s wins. It’s natural to be very self-focused in this industry, but it’s a quick path to self-destruction.  

Kat: What’s next?

Shane: Next up I will be playing a few solo shows. OBS is back writing again and KD and I are pumped to get back in the studio and on the road! I’m also deep into the second series of Nottingham, so a ton of comic art is on the go as well! 

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