classic soul & gospel
Despite his age, this young singer doesn’t feel at home with the current processed R&B, but gets inspiration from the raw and passionate soul of the 60’s and 70’s. The Deep South boy
interprets classics by Wilson Pickett and Bobby Womack and brings to light lost gems from obscure bands, like the Combo Kings and the Sharpees, while also doing his own material.
26 year old Ryan Shaw hails from Decatur, Georgia. Coming from a religious family, he started in the church choir at five and founded a gospel band, the Shaw Boys, with his brothers. Later he performed in
gospel musicals and then joined in New York a band that played hits from the 50’s & 60’s, from Sinatra and Nat Cole to Stax and Motown. For a church boy a lot of those songs were new, but
their emotional impact on people made a deep impression on him.
While Ryan was in the Fabulous Soul Shakers, he was noticed by New York- guitarist Johnny Gale, who has worked for everybody from Hank Ballard to the Ramones, and percussionist Jimmy Bralower (Peter
Gabriel, Madonna, Steve Winwood). Together the two produced his debut album This Is Ryan Shaw. It will charm anybody who loves real soul.