California pianist gets 50 million plays on Pandora without a record label

Isaac Shepard, a California-based indie solo pianist, recently passed 50 million plays on Pandora Internet Radio. As an independent artist, this milestone was accomplished without having the backing of a record label. His contemporary piano music was first introduced to Pandora listeners in 2009 and the streams have steadily increased over the years.

“I’m truly honored, and I want to give a huge thanks to my fans for their wonderful support,” said Shepard. “Whether it’s at work, at dinner, on a hike, or even trying to fall asleep, there is something universally peaceful about listening to this type of piano music. People crave peace for good reason, and I’m humbled that they choose my music to help them find some peace in their lives.”

Shepard’s easy-listening piano music is often played on Pandora’s personalized radio stations with similar artists such as Jim Brickman, George Winston, David Lanz, and Yiruma. Shepard’s profile on Pandora can be viewed at


Author: Buddy Iahn

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