I have been performing as a solo artist for over four years at local festivals, restaurants, and private events. Using a guitar, loop pedal, and occasionally harmonica, I cover songs from the early fifties all the way up to hits of today.
My band, The Big Deal, has a rich sound that can cover everything from Motown to Classic Rock to Pop. We released our debut album, The Youngtimers, in March of 2017.
I have been playing guitar for eight years and give beginner guitar lessons to all ages. Yes... I'll teach you Stairway to Heaven.
I picked up my first guitar in fifth grade and still haven't put it down. In 2013 I attended the Fernando Jones Blues Camp and fell in love with performing. Since then I have led several bands on many stages around Hampton Roads. The blues, being the roots of American music, led me to discover motown, country, rock, pop, and jazz. You can see me around town performing by myself or with my band The Big Deal. I am also a member of the Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra. Personally, I have won Williamsburg's Got Talented and have been ranked the number one high school jazz guitarist in the state of Virginia two years in a row.
Andrew Shield & The Big Deal take on some of your favorite artists from Marvin Gaye all the way to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. This album includes nine tracks that will rock your socks off.
Track one from the album The Youngtimers recorded by Andrew Shield & The Big Deal
Andrew Shield & The Big Deal performing Franki Valli & The Four Seasons' Can't Take My Eyes Off You at The Virginia Beer Company
Andrew Shield & The Big Deal Live at The Big Bluesy Festival, Williamsburg, VA Presented by Culturefix 11/4/17 November 4, 2017
"Andrew Shield is barely 16 years old, but he already works the stage as if he owns it. Shield, who has been a regular lately at local 1950s rock-and-roll revival shows, took the top prize in last weekend's Williamsburg's Got Talent contest at the Kimball Theatre" - Mike Holtzclaws in The Daily Press
"I served as one of the judges, along with musician and band director Everett Collins and dance instructor Denise Ridley-Johnston, and we all had the same impression of Shield. He gave a confident, powerful solo performance of "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," but he truly wrapped up first place about two-thirds of the way through — when he used a foot pedal to put his guitar on a loop, and then reached into his pocket and pulled out a harmonica. That nailed it." - Mike Holtzclaws in The Daily Press
"He's really intuitive into music. He understands it. He's always working on it. (guitar)" - Ron Fetner, leader of Blue House
"But young musicians compose the minority. Opportunities for young musicians to play are also rare...Every chance he gets, he'll play. From a 2-year old's birthday party to a chilly, late night set at a local Relay for Life fundraiser. He's driven." - Shirley Vermillion, music booker
"The mother of 13-year-old guitarist Andrew Shield gives the Blues Camp concept a ringing endorsement. Andrew, a Williamsburg resident, attended last year. The mother said the camp ignited in her son a passion for performing. "He cannot wait to go back this year," said Kathy Shield. "It gave him confidence we hadn't seen as parents ... Since then, he's been on a mission to perform." - Sam McDonald in The Daily Press