Isaac Shepard is a pianist and composer who lives in Orange County, California. He has composed and performed for over 25 years, released nine piano albums, written music for over a dozen games, and composed hundreds of songs across many genres. He runs The Music Maze, a site to help independent musicians navigate the music business, and owns Shepard Audio, an indie label and music production company. Shepard was chosen by Pandora Internet Radio to represent independent musicians to members of Congress and to perform in the U.S. House of Representatives. His music can be heard in games, film, TV, online radio, and more. Shepard’s piano music has been played hundreds of millions of times around the world on music services such as Pandora, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Shepard’s piano music reached #1 on the iTunes New Age charts in the US, Canada, Taiwan, Spain, Malaysia, Ukraine, and Slovakia; #1 on the iTunes Classical charts in Indonesia; #11 of all music on iTunes in Finland; #20 of all music on iTunes in Indonesia; #1 on Amazon’s Wedding Music category; #3 on the iTunes Classical charts in Taiwan; #3 on the iTunes Holiday charts in Mexico; #4 on the iTunes New Age charts in Singapore; #4 on Amazon’s Modern Classical category in the US; #4 on the international radio airplay chart; #6 on the iTunes Easy Listening charts in Hong Kong, and for New Age in Poland; #8 on Amazon’s Classical and New Age / Meditation categories in France; #9 on Amazon’s Easy Listening category in the US; and #9 on the iTunes New Age charts in Hong Kong. Shepard’s music also reached #137 of all music on iTunes in Malaysia.
Growing up in a musical family, Isaac Shepard began playing piano and keyboards by ear at the age of twelve and very soon thereafter joined a band called “Dave and the Reverbs” with his father, James. Shepard played keyboards at various soup kitchens, homeless shelters, social gatherings, church events, and random venues throughout Southern California in the early 1990’s.
Within a few years, Shepard’s family (father James, mother Debra, and brother Elijah) joined together to form a family band they named “Four Shepards and a Lamb,” and in 1996 they produced a self-titled CD of original contemporary Christian music. In 1998, Shepard released his first solo album, “On Subtle Ground,” featuring original keyboard instrumentals. Over the years, Shepard has played piano for numerous church worship teams and has continued to collaborate with James, adding piano to the rock “Moment By Moment” CD and to the Beatles/Everly Brothers love-songs tribute album called “From Me To You.”
In 2005, Shepard produced his first live piano album, Swept Away, a collection of relaxing compositions. Shepard released his second easy-listening solo piano album, called Deep Joy, in 2008; it reached #1 on the iTunes New Age charts. In late 2009, he released his third solo piano album, The Renewing, which made it to the #4 spot on the international radio airplay chart two months in a row. In 2010, Shepard released his fourth neo-classical piano album, Awaken.
In 2011, Shepard collaborated with ethereal vocalist Amethyste on “Tout Est Si Beau”, a song from her fourth new age album, “Deliverance”.
A year later, Shepard published Knights and Damsels, his fifth solo piano CD, and then later in 2013 published a piano single, “Love and All”.In mid-2015, Shepard announced his sixth solo piano album, Mosaic, and then later that year he surprised his fans with his first Christmas album, Christmas Piano. Christmas Piano represents Shepard’s seventh solo piano release.
Shepard released Wandering Home, his eighth solo piano album, in August 2016. The track names and album cover artwork refer to many of Shepard’s life experiences while growing up in California. Wandering Home was nominated for SoloPiano.com’s “2016 Contemporary and Modern Album of the Year.”
In May 2017, Shepard released “Quiet,” an EP containing 5 intimate and ambient piano tracks with peaceful cinematic accompaniment. Unlike Shepard’s previous 8 solo piano albums, “Quiet” offers an up-close and personal piano experience, supported by sparse orchestral instruments.
Through a partnership with Wind Music, a leading independent music company in the Chinese-speaking markets, fans can purchase many of Shepard’s CD’s, including a beautiful 4-CD box set of his first four solo piano CD’s, in Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea.
Shepard’s music is played hundreds of thousands of times a day across various online internet music streaming and radio programs, such as Pandora, Apple Music, Spotify, and Whisperings. In fact, in April 2015, Shepard announced that his solo piano music has been played over 50 million times on Pandora Internet Radio. Later that year, Pandora announced on the MorningConsult.com that Shepard’s music passed 60 million streams. Shepard now has well over 70 million plays on Pandora.
On October 28th, 2015, Shepard was invited by Pandora to speak with members of U.S. Congress on behalf of independent artists everywhere who are in the pursuit of making musical composition their way of life. In addition to meeting with lawmakers and their staff to discuss the state of music streaming and things like transparency in music reporting for musicians, Shepard also had the opportunity to perform a few of his songs in the U.S. House of Representatives during a luncheon.
In 2017, Shepard created The Music Maze, a site to help independent musicians navigate the music business. You can read a lot more about Shepard on TheMusicMaze.com, including more info about his music background, technical background, and personal life. Shepard is also the owner and composer for Shepard Audio, a music production company for film, TV, games, and other media. Steve Hoganson is also a composer for Shepard Audio. In April 2016, Shepard Audio released their first album, called Atmospheric: Music for Film. Later that year, they released their second album, called Soundscapes: Cinematic Underscores. In 2017, Shepard Audio released their third album, called Chill Factory. Shepard’s music and orchestrations can be found in over a dozen games, including Sev Zero, Air Patriots, Airport Mania, Music Catch, and many more. In all, Shepard has composed many hundreds of songs across many genres.
Shepard currently resides in Southern California with his wife and two kids. In addition to music, Shepard had a successful career in computers as a software engineer. His last role was as a senior developer for Amazon. He holds ten patents and has another five patents pending.
For more information about Isaac Shepard on various topics, check out his “Ask Me Anything” post on Reddit.