The story behind the quartet...
Inspired by artists like Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra and Elvis, OC Times breathes new life into swing standards, rock and roll classics, and even some country favorites.
Hailing from Orange County, CA, Shawn York (tenor), Sean Devine (lead), Pat Claypool (baritone) and Cory Hunt (bass) take barbershop harmony back to where it started over a century ago: pop-culture.
In 2008, OC Times won the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet Championship. They have been featured in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Saturday Evening Post and SPIN magazine. The quartet is also featured prominently in a documentary film entitled “American Harmony.”
Their first studio album, “Let’s Fly” (2007), has reached critical acclaim, winning Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards for both Best Barbershop Album and Best Barbershop Song. Their sophomore album “Destinations” (2010) quickly became another award-winning fan favorite – while their highly anticipated third album “The Road” will be released in July of 2014!
OC Times has toured extensively throughout the United States, headlining shows in venues such as Honolulu’s historic Hawaii Theater, Los Angeles' Disney Concert Hall and the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. The quartet has also toured internationally with performances in Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Russia, New Zealand, Japan – upcoming engagements include a return visit to New Zealand, and their first appearance at the British Association of Barbershop Singers convention in Harrogate, England!
Shawn York | Tenor
Born in Rescue, California, Shawn currently resides in South Corona, CA. He began singing barbershop shortly after seeing a bumper sticker that read “Want to sing barbershop? Call 1-800-876-SING.” The rest is history. Shawn earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Vanguard University, and currently owns and operates a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Corona. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys spending time with his lovely Hawaiian wife, Lani, and their four children, Kalea, Kainoa, Kapono and Kahana. We’re not sure if he’s trying to grow another quartet, or just recruiting for his restaurant... but either way, he’s got his hands full.
Sean Devine | Lead
Originally from The Sweetest Place on Earth (Hershey, PA), Sean moved out west to California in 2001 to perform full-time with a professional doo-wop group - The Alley Cats. In July 2008 he relocated again to the Barbershop Harmony Society headquarters in “Music City, USA” to work as a Director of Development with their fund raising arm - Harmony Foundation International. Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and is now excited to be back in his hometown of Hershey working in executive development. He is also a certified Barbershop Harmony Society Presentation judge, and in his spare time enjoys serving as a clinician for vocal and performance workshops all around the world.
Cory Hunt | Bass
Born and raised in the gem of the Silver State, Reno, NV, Cory is the “biggest little bass in the Society,” and pound for pound, he just might be the best in the business! Cory is a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, in Political Science and Cultural Geography and is currently working towards his Masters Degree at the University of Southern California. After working for 3 years with an environmental policy and management-consulting firm in South Lake Tahoe, Cory returned home to Nevada where he now serves as a member of Governor Brian Sandoval’s staff.
Patrick Claypool | Baritone
Our only native to Orange County, Pat was born and raised in the city of Orange, CA. He was introduced to barbershop at age 12, joining his grandfather in the Orange Quartet Chapter. Pat has yet to finish (or even start) college, although he frequently boasts of the honor roll status he achieved throughout his high school years. Pat lives in Los Angeles, CA, and is currently employed as a trainer at The Yard House, where he provides ‘unbridled’ guest service and requests that you ask for him by name for your dining pleasure.