Thursday, June 23, 2011
Jean Shy - Amazing Grace
Released : 1999
01 - Search Me Lord
02 - You Got To Move
03 - I Bow On My Knees
04 - Just A Closer Walk With Thee
05 - Elijah Rock
06 - He's My Light
07 - When The Saints Go Marchin' In
08 - How Great Thou Art
09 - We Shall Overcome
10 - Go Tell It On The Mountain
11 - Somebody Bigger Than You And I
Jean Shy is an internationally acclaimed Soul, Blues, Jazz, and Gospel Singer; Songwriter, Music Producer, Actress, and Author. With four Top Ten Hits under her belt, the 2009 Blues Music Award Nominee for Soul Blues Female Artist Of The Year, is definitely a multi-talented, truly unique Artist, and audiences are overwhelmed by her powerful vocal delivery, and entertaining Show.
On Oct. 31.2008 King Edward Records released the Jean Shy & The Shy Guys CD The Blues Got Soul. In conjunction with this Album Jean Shy received a nomination from the Blues Foundation for the 2009 Blues Music Awards in the category of Soul Blues Female Artists of the Year.
The Music of Jean Shy & The Shy Guys are comparable to The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith.
Born in Chicago, Jean's vocal background had it's beginning in Gospel Music. Elvis Presley was her first inspiration to become a professional Entertainer in commercial Music. Later she was also greatly influenced by Mahalia Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae, and others. Jean was already receiving awards for her musical talents by the time she reached High School. At the age of twelve she was signed by Leonard and Phil Chess to the legendary Chess Label in Chicago. The release of spring Fever by Tim & Jean became a Regional Hit.
Just before leaving High School Jean was signed by Carl Davis for Brunswick Records. With various regional Record successes she toured as an Opening-Act with Otis Leavill, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, The Chi-Lites, The O'Jays, Al Green, The Stylistics, and Jackie Wilson, gathering a tremendous amount of Stage Experience.
Jean wrote her first Album which was produced by Hense Powell; Executive Produced by Emerson Featherstone. One Single from that production Speak Talk About It was signed by Jay Butler to Playboy Records.
Jean Shy was later produced by Harvey Fuqua who was the founder and lead singer for seminal R&B/doo wop group The Moonglows. He was an early mentor of Marvin Gaye, (co-producing "Sexual Healing" and Gaye's hit duets with Tammi Terrell), helped to develop several Motown acts, and helped to launch the careers of '70s soul-pop group New Birth, and disco superstar Sylvester(Disco Heat, You MakeMe Feel Mighty Real). The Songs Harvey produced on Jean were released on Honey Records, and a few others in conjunction with Fantasy Records.
Jean formed her own Band Streetblues with Vladimir Rada (Bass), Gerd Freymann (Drums), Hannsjoerg Scheid (Guitar), and Mike Hoffmann (Piano). With the finishing of their first Album together in 1984 entitled Tough Enough the Band Name was changed to "Bordell". When King Edward Records signed a licensing deal with Record Shack Records for a UK release of the Album, the Band Name was changed once again: Jean Shy & The Shy Guys was born. Soon after, The Shy Guys consisted of new members only.
Two original members of -The new Shy Guys- Klaus Zimmermann (Guitar), and Martin Hoette (Guitar) as well as long time members Bernhard Spiess (Drums), Sascha Kuehn (Keyboards), and Bernd Winterschladen (Sax) are still performing as part of the Band today.
The newest addition to the Group was Michael -Schnuff- Strohm (Bass.) and a few years later Georg Mahr on the B3 Hammond Organ, who had been a Guest Musician on many Jean Shy Shows during the last 15 Years.