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SHAED Releases Stirring Ballad “Once Upon A Time” – Featuring Strings from FAME’S Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra – with Stunning Music Video

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As Multi-Platinum DC trio SHAED approaches 2 BILLION streams worldwide, the family band has released their brand-new single “Once Upon A Time,” available now on all DSPs (LISTEN HERE). SHAED’s Chelsea Lee, and twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst (Lee’s husband) self-produced the stirring ballad in their home-studio and directed the 13-piece FAME’S Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra alongside renowned composer Jherek Bischoff (Brian EnoAngel Olsen) via Zoom. Carried by Lee’s warm vocals, verses build with plucking and swaying strings before crashing into the song’s wide-open choruses, culminating in a final, soundtrack-worthy, orchestral movement. The track comes from the band’s highly anticipated debut album – due out April 16th, 2021 via Photo Finish Records.

“Once Upon A Time” is accompanied by an otherworldly and beautifully cinematic music video co-directed by Daniel St. Ours and SHAED. 

Watch the video HERE

“Once Upon A Time” is about the tragic nature of being young and in love. In our youth, there’s an untapped well of ever-changing emotions that wants to spill out. First relationships are filled with intense feelings of love, hope, doubt, and regret. In the blink of an eye, you go from believing you’ll die in that person’s arms, to watching the walls of the foundation you built crumble around you.

Remembering our first relationships feels like swimming in a golden haze of fragile beauty. We wanted this song and the music video to capture that feeling. – SHAED

SHAED released the first taste of new music from their forthcoming debut LP in October with single “No Other Way.” Bolstered by a World Premiere from iHeartRadio and their breakout global hit “Trampoline,” “No Other Way” – produced by SHAED and 2x GRAMMY Award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIMVampire WeekendAdeleCarly Rae Jepsen) – was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in 35 countries and continues to climb the Alternative Radio chart (#18), where it was the #1 most-added single for two consecutive weeks.

SHAED’s “Once Upon A Time” is out now – watch the music video HERE and stream the single HERE. The band’s debut album is due out April 16th, 2021 via Photo Finish Records. For all up-to-date information on new music, stayed tuned to

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