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The Shadowboxers

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The Shadowboxers
The Shadowboxers - Billboard Exclusive.jpg
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
GenresPop, Soul, R&B
Years active2008–present
  • Adam Hoffman
  • Matt Lipkins
  • Scott Tyler
  • Cole McSween
  • Carlos Enamorado
  • Nick Rosen
Past members
  • Jamie Reilly
  • Jaron Pearlman
  • Ben Williams
The Shadowboxers leap during their performance on Justin Timberlake's MOTW Tour
The Shadowboxers leap during their performance on Justin Timberlake's MOTW Tour

The Shadowboxers are an American pop band formed in Atlanta, Georgia. The founding members —Adam Hoffman (vocals, guitars), Matt Lipkins (vocals, keyboards) and Scott Tyler (vocals, guitars)—met at Emory University in 2008.[1]



The band began at Emory University where Scott Tyler (from Nashville, Tennessee), Adam Hoffman (from Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Matt Lipkins (from Larchmont, New York) met during their freshmen year in 2007.[2]

Band name

Hoffman, Lipkins and Tyler decided on the group's name in 2009. The term "shadowboxer" can be defined as someone who makes the motions of attack or defense, and for the band it represents rhythm and method. The group is rhythmically driven, describing their sound as anything "soul". Their music is composed of substance, layers of tempos and harmonies.[3]

Indigo Girls

The band was writing extensively, booking shows around Atlanta, and honing their sound.[4] In 2010, Tyler met Emily Saliers, one half of the Atlanta-based Indigo Girls at a Passover Seder. The two began talking about music and Saliers asked to hear him play. Tyler picked up a guitar and played her some of his original material with The Shadowboxers. Saliers recalls saying when she heard Tyler sing, "I just remember being stunned by it."[5] The following week, Saliers attended a performance by the band. One year later, the band went on tour with the Indigo Girls, serving as their backing band and opening act for over two years.[6]

Self-titled EP

In 2011, the band released a self-titled EP produced by Shawn Grove, Dan Hannon, Will Mitchell, and the band.[7] It includes six recorded songs and two live songs, recorded at Eddie's Attic.

The Shadowboxers performing on Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods Tour
The Shadowboxers performing on Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods Tour

Red Room

From February 14 – March 30, 2012, the band ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first full-length album.[8] They raised over $32,000 (of a $18,000 goal), and recorded various cover songs on their YouTube channel to thank financial backers of the project.

The money went to studio time with producer Brady Blade, and engineer Chris Bell as well as the addition of the horn section Grooveline Horns to some of their new songs.[9] The 14 track album was released by Vanguard Records and Welk Music Group on January 22, 2013.[10] Two weeks later, Red Room was named as a top music pick from the New York Daily News.[11]

Justin Timberlake

On December 3, 2013, Hoffman tweeted to Justin Timberlake from band's Twitter account, telling him he needed to check out their cover of his song "Pusher Love Girl". It caught his attention and Timberlake posted a tweet about the video.[12] The trio met with Timberlake a couple of weeks later during his 20/20 Tour[13] and he offered to mentor them and help them shape their sound.[14] Later, he signed them to his artist development label, Villa 40,[15] and in June 2017, the band joined Justin Timberlake and K-Kov at a studio in New York to record new music.[16]

In 2018, The Shadowboxers were asked to join Timberlake on his Man of the Woods tour, as openers from March 13 2018 - January 29 2019. [17]

Woman Through The Wall

On May 5, 2016, the band released the single "Woman Through The Wall", which was co-written by Gabe Simon from Kopecky.[18] A sequential video was released on June 6, 2016,[19] and a remix by Midoca was released on May 2017.[20]

Build The Beat

The single "Build the Beat" was released in 2016 and currently has over 2.6 million streams on Spotify. This song features Rashawn Ross on horns.[21] The song charted on Spotify's Global Viral 50 and United States Viral 50 playlists.

Hot Damn!

Recorded at The Loft Studios in New York City, the single "Hot Damn" was co-produced by Timberlake and K-Kov.[22] It was released on September 22, 2017,[23] and was featured on Spotify's United States Viral Top 50 playlist. The track was the first song the band recorded that captured the energy of the live show and sums up who they are as a band right now.[15]


On January 16, 2018, the band released the single "Runaway" produced by The Shadowboxers, Timberlake and Rob Knox.[24] It was performed live on The Today Show[25] and The Talk [26] and placed on Spotify's United States Viral Top 50 playlist.


The Shadowboxers released an EP of original works titled Apollo on March 23, 2018. Included are previously released singles "Hot Damn!" and “Runaway" and features the focus track, “Timezone,” which debuted on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.[27][28]


Current lineup

  • Adam Hoffman – vocals, guitar (2008–present)
  • Matt Lipkins – vocals, keyboards (2008–present)
  • Scott Tyler – vocals, guitar (2008–present)
  • Cole McSween – drums (2013–present)
  • Carlos Enamorado – bass guitar (2013–present)
  • Nick Rosen - keyboards (2016 - present)

Former members

  • Jamie Reilly – drums (2008–2010)
  • Jaron Pearlman – drums (2010–2012)
  • Benjamin Ryan Williams – bass (2010–2013)



  • The Shadowboxers (2011)
  • Red Room (2013)
  • Apollo (2018)

Other contributions


  2. ^ Jackson, Emily. "Shadowboxers Dish a Soulful Slice of Emory History". The Emory Wheel. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  3. ^ Haller, Val. "'Still Crazy After All These Years,' Two Ways". New York Times. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  4. ^ Schwarz, Kurt. "Indie Artist Spotlight: The Shadowboxers". Six String Theories. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  5. ^ Miller, Jared T. "Chosen Music: The Shadowboxers". Heeb Magazine. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  6. ^ Turk, Brian. "An Interview With The Indigo Girls". RVAMAG. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  7. ^ Kaur, Harmeet. "The Shadowboxers return to the group's stomping ground". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  8. ^ "The Shadowboxers Make Their First Album!". Kickstarter. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  9. ^ Miller, Jared T. "Atlanta's The Shadowboxers tour the East Coast both as backing band and opening act for the Indigo Girls". New York Daily News. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  10. ^ "The Sandboxers release "Red Room" on January 22nd" (PR release). Vanguard Records. 14 January 2013. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  11. ^ New York Daily News Music Critic. "The Top 10 Picks In Music For The Week of Feb. 3, 2013". New York Daily News. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Listen to the Justin Timberlake Cover That Even Justin Timberlake Loves". Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  13. ^ "Interview: The Shadowboxers talk working with Justin Timberlake and their love of pop music". AXS. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  14. ^ Florio, Gina. "Drop Everything and Listen to This Band That Justin Timberlake Discovered". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  15. ^ a b "Have You Heard About The Shadowboxers?". 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  16. ^ "The Shadowboxers, Justin Timberlake's New Act, Debut New Single 'Hot Damn!' (Exclusive Premiere)". Just Jared. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  17. ^ Florio, Gina. "It's Official! Breakout Band The Shadowboxers Is Going on Tour With Justin Timberlake". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  18. ^ "Native Magazine". Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  19. ^ "Wonderlist | Wonderland Magazine". Wonderland. 2016-06-06. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  20. ^ Listen Free to The Shadowboxers - Woman Through the Wall (Midoca Remix) Radio on iHeartRadio, retrieved 2017-11-23
  21. ^ "The Dynamic Harmony of The Shadowboxers (Exclusive Interview)". Screen Reels. 2017-09-11. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  22. ^ "Soundigest •". Soundigest. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  23. ^ TEGNA. "GMT Exclusive! The Shadowboxers perform their new single produced by Justin Timberlake". WFAA. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  24. ^ Florio, Gina. "This New Song Justin Timberlake Produced Is as Catchy as It Is Heartbreaking". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  25. ^ "Critical Mention". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  26. ^ "Critical Mention". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  27. ^ "The Shadowboxers To Release Debut EP 'Apollo' March 23". MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication - News, Songs From Music City. 2018-03-16. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  28. ^ "New Music Friday, a playlist by Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved 2018-03-23.

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