Shaun Cassidy on Helping Those Who Are Hurting

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

“How can I help? That was the question I kept asking myself,” says former teen idol and acclaimed television writer and producer Shaun Cassidy. Cassidy shares how he is helping during COVID-19 by supporting No Kid Hungry and the Santa Ynez community through his wine label, My First Crush. “COVID came along and I saw a lot of our friends… farmers, growers and winemakers suddenly really hurting. Then I saw our schools close. I saw our restaurants close and I knew a lot of people were going to be in trouble,” explains Cassidy. “I thought, here’s an opportunity to not only help the folks I live with, but to help all of these kids,” he says.

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Shaun Cassidy

Shaun Cassidy

Singer, actor, writer and producer
Shaun Cassidy is an American singer, actor, writer and producer. He has written and/or produced a number of critically acclaimed television series over the last two decades including "American Gothic" (produced with Sam Raimi), "Roar," "Cold Case," "Cover Me," "The Agency," “Invasion,” and “Emerald City.” Cassidy wrote and executive produced "Hysteria" for Amazon and is currently serving as executive producer and writer for “New Amsterdam" on NBC. Cassidy grew up in Los Angeles and New York City. While still in high school, he signed a recording contract with Warner Brothers. This led to three million-selling albums and a handful of top ten hits. Almost concurrently, Shaun starred on the ABC television series "The Hardy Boys Mysteries." While working on Broadway, Shaun wrote his first pilot, "American Gothic." When the show debuted on CBS, The New York Times called it "The most original new show of the season." After this, Cassidy permanently transitioned behind the camera as a writer and showrunner. He is currently collaborating with award-winning winemaker Steve Clifton to produce My First Crush wines in support of No Kid Hungry.

My First Crush

My First Crush is proud to donate $2 from the sale of every bottle of wine sold to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.