Genre: British Heavy Metal
Hometown: Austin, TX
It's all about the music. The brainchild of bassist Dave Kulikowski, Judas And The Beast was formed by combining members from previous bands. Dave, James and Roland played in an 80's hair metal cover band called Evil Petting Zoo. Dave, John and Roland also played in a heavy metal cover band called Roadhed. Dave tossed out the idea of forming a tribute band, that covered not one, but two of the most influential British heavy metal acts of all time: Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. Dave, already involved with multiple projects in Austin, sought to put together dedicated musicians that took their craft seriously. Enter James & John on guitars and Roland on drums. The hunt was on to find a vocalist to deliver the goods.
Shawn Austin first auditioned with the band in January of 2017. One of six vocalists who tried out, her passion for classic metal was evident. With a substantial résumé to boot, including touring with Blaze Bayley, and The Foundry, Shawn's extensive stage experience and overall great attitude won her the gig, and the lineup for Judas And The Beast was finally set. With influences ranging from Aerosmith to Stevie Nicks and everything in between, Shawn's love for singing and performing is evident.