Shane Barakan (born 3rd February 1987; Age: 35) is a British-American singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist, and the only child of Mackenzie Philips, the popular American actress, and singer.
Barakan’s mom had him at a time when she was a cocaine addict and continued using drugs in the years after he was born. This threatened his survival, but his father, Michael Barakan, proved to be a stabilizing influence. His mother also later went to rehab, and they were able to have a good relationship. Shane Barakan has grown up to inherit his parent’s passion. He is a singer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist. He has several tracks to his name and has also collaborated with his dad.
Shane Barakan is the Only Child of Mackenzie Phillips, the American Actress and Singer
Shane Barakan was born on the 3rd day of February 1987 in California. He has dual British and American nationalities, and his ethnicity is Caucasian. Barakan gets his American nationality from his mom, Mackenzie Phillips. Phillips is a native of Alexandra, Virginia, and was born in 1959.
She began acting at the age of 13 and has featured in several movies and TV series to date. They include American Graffiti, One Day at a Time, So Weird, ER, Orange is the New Black, Cold Case, 7th Heaven, Without a Trace, and Double Teamed. She has also performed as s singer with some bands, including Mamas and Papas.
His father is Shane Fontane, the Famous English Rock Guitarist
Shane Barakan’s father is Shane Fontane, the popular English rock guitarist. Shane Fontane‘s real name is Michael Barakan, and he was born on the 29th of April 1954 in London. He began his music career in the 70s and has thus far worked for artists such as Joe Cocker, Mick Ronson, Marc Cohn, Ian Hunter, and Graham Nash.
Shane also played the guitar for popular American singer Bruce Springsteen during the latter’s tour in 1992 and 1993.
Shane Barakan’s Parents were Married from 1986 to 2000
Shane Barakan’s parents, Mackenzie Phillips and Shane Fontane, got to know each other and began dating in the 80s. They later tied the knot in 1986 and got pregnant with their son that same year. At the time that Philips was pregnant with Shane, she was a drug addict.
She used cocaine and other harmful substances. She was, however, lucky that Barakan turned out to be quite alright after he was born. She was also lucky that the hospital did not get the authorities to take away the child, and so she and Fontane returned home with their son.
Shane Barakan grew up in places such as Pennsylvania and Los Angeles. His father often toured with bands, and so his mom primarily cared for him. She, however, neglected him on several occasions, forgetting to bathe him or give him food because of her drug dependency issues. This neglect caused a rift between her and his dad, and they split. They later formalized their divorce.
Taken today. My ex hubby Shane Fontayne. Father of our lovely son. pic.twitter.com/oY1L9Z8ijL
— Mackenzie Phillips (@MackPhillips) April 6, 2013
They Split in 2000 But Maintained an Active Presence in Their Son’s Life
Shane Barakan’s parents divorced at the time that he was 13 years, but they made an active effort to be present in his life. His mom, on her own part, went to rehab and tried to clean her act up, and all this positively impacted the young boy. Shane was able to have a normal childhood and completed his high school diploma in regular time.
It is not known if Shane attended college, but he maintained a good relationship with both parents. He and his dad were pictured together on several occasions. He and his mom also attended a couple of red carpet events, including a 2005 opening night of Annie to benefit a charity organization known as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Los Angeles.
— Mackenzie Phillips (@MackPhillips) February 3, 2014
Shane Barakan is now a Musician, Guitarist, and Composer
Shane Barakan is now a musician, guitarist, and composer. The close relationship that he had with his parents made him fall in love with the various passions of their life, and he started exploring them from an early age. In his late teens and early 20s, Shane joined several bands. One of them was named Avarice, and they performed at several places, including in Hollywood in 2006.
Shane Barakan continues to pursue his music career to date. He collaborated with singer James John on the latter’s 2014 EP, Heaven’s Right Here with You. He also has his own solo work titled Sleepin’ In, which he dropped in 2016. Shane has also worked together with his dad, Shane Fontane, on several occasions.
One of their collaborative efforts is the 2010 album titled Light and Fresh Underscores. It has 23 tracks in total, and one track that they worked together on is titled Santa Barbara. Barakan’s dad also dedicated to him a track titled For Shane.
Mackenzie Phillips’ Son Prefers Living His Life Out of the Spotlight
Despite having famous parents and being a budding musician himself, Shane Barakan prefers to live his life out of the spotlight. His red carpet appearances are few and far in between and are limited to the ones that he made with his parents back in the day. His social media activity is also limited to his musical work, with little or no insights into his private life.
As a result, is difficult to tell who Shane has dated or whether he is in a steady relationship now. It is also difficult to tell whether he has ever been married. One thing that is for sure is that he has a lot of loved ones, most notably his parents. His dad once described him as one of the most memorable highlights of his life. On the occasion of his 27th birthday, his mom described him as wonderful and wished him a happy birthday.