Shaed (stylized SHAED, pronounced "shade") is an American indie pop trio based in Washington, D.C. The group consists of lead vocalist Chelsea Lee and multi-instrumentalists Max and Spencer Ernst. They released their breakthrough single "Trampoline" in June 2018.

Shaed at the Constellation Room in 2019
Shaed at the Constellation Room in 2019
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C.
Years active2011–present
LabelsPhoto Finish
Associated acts Edit this at Wikidata
  • Chelsea Lee
  • Max Ernst
  • Spencer Ernst


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Twin siblings Max and Spencer Ernst grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and showed an interest in music from a very young age. In middle school, they and some friends formed a rock band called Upslide. Upslide performed locally in the Washington, D.C., area for several years, which eventually led the twins to attract the attention of a New York-based management company, Magus Entertainment, who secured them a publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music. While attending Gonzaga College High School, they formed a pop duo called Trust Fall and began touring other parts of the country.[3] It was also during high school, circa 2006, that they first met vocalist Chelsea Lee. Around 2009, Lee began dating Spencer Ernst, and she signed as a solo artist with Atlantic Records.[4]

At the end of high school, the Ernst twins deferred attending college in hopes of getting a record deal with Epic Records. The deal ultimately fell through, and they both went to the University of Maryland in the spring. While attending college, the twins formed a folk rock duo called The Walking Sticks. The Walking Sticks released their debut EP World So Bright on June 27, 2012, when the twins were in their senior year of college.[3] The songs on the album were all recorded live, and featured an acoustic roots rock sound.

Having ended her solo contract with Atlantic Records circa 2011, Lee joined The Walking Sticks sometime after World So Bright was released.[5] In late 2013, The Walking Sticks released their second EP, Send the Night. With this release, the group completely changed their music style, transitioning from folk rock to dream-pop.[6]

In March 2016, The Walking Sticks changed their name to Shaedah Dube, in recognition of their new stylistic leanings.[7] They signed with Photo Finish Records by June 2016, and toured with Marian Hill and Vérité in the fall of 2016. In September 2016, Shaed released Just Wanna See, their debut EP under their new name.[8] Their single "Name On It" was the featured track for a Victoria's Secret commercial which debuted on May 15, 2018.[9] In April 2017, Shaed went on tour again as an opener for Bishop Briggs.[8]

In September 2017, the band moved into a house together, and began recording in a home studio for their second EP, Melt. On May 18, 2018, Shaed debuted their first single from the EP, "Trampoline".[10] The group released Melt on September 21, 2018 via Photo Finish Records. On October 30, 2018, Apple debuted their MacBook Air commercial featuring "Trampoline".[11] Chelsea Lee and Spencer Ernst were married in Arlington, Virginia during the first weekend of October 2018.[4]

Their new single "No Other Way" was released on October 16, 2020, via Photo Finish Records.[12]

Band membersEdit

  • Chelsea Lee – lead vocals (c. 2011–present)
  • Spencer Ernst – keyboards, drums, guitars, vocals (2011–present)
  • Max Ernst – keyboards, drums, guitars, vocals (2011–present)


Extended playsEdit

  • World So Bright (2012)
  • Send the Night (2013)
  • Pop Dreams (2014)
  • Just Wanna See (2016)
  • Melt (2018), No. 132 US,[13] No. 163 FRA[14]


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album



"Name On It"[A] 2016 Just Wanna See and Melt
"Too Much"[A] 2017 Melt
(original or remix with Zayn)
2018 13 1 27 24 4 39 29 21 18 52
"You Got Me Like"
(with Snny)
"Thunder"[A] 2019 20 Just Wanna See and Melt
"2 in a Million"
(with Steve Aoki and Sting)[30]
[B] Neon Future IV
"No Other Way"[31] 2020 17 TBA
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released


  1. ^ a b c d This song only appears on the deluxe edition of Melt.
  2. ^ "2 in a Million" did not enter the Wallonia Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 36 on the Ultratip chart.[19]


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  2. ^ Hampp, Andrew (March 20, 2019). "Songs for Screens: Shaed Is the Latest Act to Get Rocket Fuel From an Apple Ad". Variety. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Raghavendran, Beena (October 14, 2012). "Staff writer Beena Raghavendran profiles Max and Spencer Ernst, who play in local band The Walking Sticks". The Diamondback. Arc Publishing. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  4. ^ a b DeMarco, Nicole; Ongley, Hannah (October 3, 2018). "Shaed makes hypnotic pop songs in a tiny family home". i-D. Vice Media. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Reed, Dawn (October 3, 2013). "Interview with the Walking Sticks: DC Deli's Band of the Month (Oct.)". The Deli. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Ostrin, llana (October 23, 2013). "Rising Artists: The Walking Sticks". D.C. Music Download. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Rudow, Bryce (March 2, 2016). "A Debutante Interview with SHAED". Random Nerds. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Barr, Natalie (January 30, 2017). "SHAED". Interview Magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Victoria's Secret (May 15, 2018), Victoria's Secret Stretch Cotton Collection Commercial, retrieved December 14, 2018 – via YouTube
  10. ^ Draughorne, Kenan (May 17, 2018). "PREMIERE: Ahead of New EP, Melt into SHAED's Atmospheric 'Trampoline'". Ones to Watch. Live Nation Worldwide. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Kress, Bryan (November 16, 2018). "SHAED and Dounia Deliver Scorching Performances at Billboard Industry Nights Showcase". Billboard. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Band, SHAED (October 12, 2020). "SHAED - No Other Way - Out Friday, Oct 16 - teaser clip". YouTube. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "Billboard 200: Week of November 30, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Discografie SHAED". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "Chart Search: Shaed – Trampoline". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  16. ^ Peaks on Billboard Alternative Songs chart:
  17. ^ "Shaed in Australian Charts". Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  18. ^ "Discografie SHAED". Ultratop. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Discografie SHAED". Ultratop. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  20. ^ "Chart Search: Shaed – Trampoline". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  21. ^ "Discography Shaed". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  22. ^ "Shaed". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  23. ^ "Shaed full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  24. ^ "Certifications for Shaed". RIAA Gold and Platinum Certification Database. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2020 Singles". Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  26. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". – Swiss Charts. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  27. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  28. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Shaed and Zayn – Trampoline". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  29. ^ "Les certifications". SNEP (in French). Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  30. ^ "2 In a Million – Single by Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED". Apple Music. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  31. ^ "No Other Way – Single by SHAED". Apple Music. Retrieved October 16, 2020.

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