Shams has a joyous, infectious energy that can turn a group around instantly! Not to mention his arranging skills always impress.
— Scott Hoying, 3-time Grammy winner, Pentatonix
Shams is a stellar director. His mastery of arranging vocal music and his love for the human voice combine to create the most insightful pieces of work. I am a huge fan.
— India Carney, NBC’s The Voice
His ability to get people excited is truly extraordinary. Shams is a joy to work with and to be around.
— Avi Kaplan, 3-time Grammy winner, former Pentatonix member, co-founder of A Cappella Academy
Shams has a thirst for excellence, impeccable taste, and a tireless work ethic, a rare trait combo which makes him one of the best arrangers and coaches in the game!
— Ben Bram, Grammy-award winning producer for Pentatonix, co-founder of A Cappella Academy
Shams is one of the few arrangers to ever truly change the game in collegiate a cappella. His work is as influential as it is awesome.
— Robert Dietz, vocal coach for The Sing Off, co-founder of A Cappella Academy
One of the true standard bearers of 21st century a cappella… able to arrange, direct, coach...do it all!
—Deke Sharon, a cappella consultant for Disney’s D-Cappella, Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off
Shams was one of my first a cappella friends and clients; since then, we’ve created four award-winning albums together with The Nor’easters and he’s my right-hand man when it comes to overdubs for any project. He’s one of the fastest and most creative musical minds in the business and he knows exactly what a track needs to really make a sparkling impact!
— Angela Longo, CEO of The Vocal Company
I am consistently inspired by Shams' determination, creativity, innovative ideas, work ethic and passion and to top it off, all of these inspiring qualities come wrapped up in an energetic, kind, HILARIOUS and loving man that just so happens to be one of my favorite people I've ever met. From beautiful arrangements to motivational masterclasses, whatever the project may be, you can depend on immaculate quality in everything Shams does!
— Mario Jose, Post Modern Jukebox
Shams is a powerhouse of talent and heart in the a cappella community. Not only is he a thoughtful, gifted arranger, he's also a beautiful singer, a masterful director, a thorough organizer, a creative brand manager, a savvy marketer — even a choreographer in a pinch! Everything he touches just absolutely sparkles, and I'd encourage anyone to work with him if they get the chance.
— Amanda Newman, Executive Director of Varsity Vocals
I’ve been able to work with Shams for many years and his ability to surpass the high expectations he sets for himself inspires me to be better in everything I do.
— VJ Rosales, lead singer and arranger, The Late Late Show’s The Filharmonic
Shams’ ability to positively influence those around him - both personally and musically - is unmatched in the a cappella community. In my role as an event producer, I have partnered with Shams as a clinician at festivals across the country. I am amazed by the energy he brings to each event and the individualized attention he brings to each student. Singing Shams’ arrangements, both at BetsyAcaFest and in VXN, has elevated my skills as a performer and arranger; I look forward to working with him for many years to come!
— Jessie Louise Mark, Scholastic Festival Producer, The Betsy’s A Cappella Festival, Arranger, VXN
I only use the absolute best arrangers in the business with Forte. Shams is on a very short list of people that I can trust to deliver every single time.