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About Jean Shy

Jean Shy is an internationally acclaimed Soul, Blues Singer; Songwriter, Music Producer, and Actress. She is definitely a multi-talented and truly unique Artist, and audiences are overwhelmed by her powerful vocal delivery.

Born in Chicago, Jean's vocal background had it's beginning in Gospel Music. Mahalia Jackson was her first musical Idol. Elvis Presley inspired her to become a professional Entertainer in commercial Music.

Later she was also greatly influenced by Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Etta James, 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 on the "Chitlin Circuit" 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 Producer - 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 ("Dance (Disco Heat)" , "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real"). The ongs Harvey produced on Jean were released on Honey Records, and a few others in conjunction with Fantasy Records.

In 1978 Jean branched out and went to Europe. Soon after she arrived in Frankfurt, Germany she performed at the famous Jazz Kneipe owned by Musician Wolfgang Dosch. There she met Dr. Carlo Bohlaender one of Europe's acclaimed Jazz Critics, Trumpet Player and Book Author who introduced her into Frankfurt's Jazz Scene as well as to one of Germany’s Top Jazz, Blues & Gospel Booking Agents "Dieter Nentwig". Carlo included Jean in his series of Jazz Encyclopedias as the youngest Jazz Vocalist, which Jean is very proud of.

After the performance of a few Jazz Concerts the Cultural Department sent Jean as a cultural Ambassador to represent the city "Frankfurt am Main" in the Partner City Milano, Italy, with an Open Air performance in front of the world famous Skala which Jean performed with one of Frankfurt’s Top Jazz Bands Herbert Christ & The Jazz Babies.

Shy met Producer Bernt Moehrle (Chilly) in Frankfurt who produced two Singles "Layla" and "Do The Locomotion" on her, which were released on Polydor Records.

Soon after Jean signed a contract with Al Coury, President of R.S.O. Records through her Business Manager Nick Sevano, who also managed Artist such as Glen Campbell and Julia McGuinnes. Producer Bob Esty was brought in to produce Shy while he was working on Albums with Barbara Streisand and Cher.

The release of this now considered "classic" 12" Single production of the Song "Night Dancer" written by Bob Esty, and Michael W. Brooks, brought Jean her first national Record success, which was a number nine US Hit in the Billboard Top 100 Disco Charts.

"Night Dancer" also became one of the Soundtracks in the Movie "Roller Boogie" starring Linda Blair. The B-Side was the classic Jazz Song "That Old Black Magic" which was #13 in the US Dance Charts.

After her success with R.S.O. Jean returned to Europe making Germany her second home. Soon after, she signed an exclusive Booking Contract with the Dieter Nentwig International Musikagentur. Because a well known Colleague had to cancel a performance at the Lahnstein Blues Festival presented by SWF Radio, Jean was booked to perform with

The Frankfurt City Blues Band, this concert, which was also recorded and broadcast by SWF Radio, exceeded all expectations. After that, countless performances at national and International Jazz & Blues Festivals with The Frankfurt City Blues Band, and other known Bands such as The Blues Company, The Barrelhouse Jazz Band, Climax Band Cologne, and Jazz Band Ball Orchestra followed.

Since 1982 Jean has been working with the German Label King Edward Records. Her first Album produced by Hense Powell entitled "Maze (I Just Wanna Escape)" was released in 1983.

Believing in Jean Shy in every aspect of her musical Talent the Label has supported her diverse Music Styles, therefore releasing various Cd’s by her over the Years, which, just like her Concerts, range from Rhythm & Blues/Rock to Jazz and Gospel.

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 made a contract with "Record Shack Records" in England for the release of "Tough Enough" 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.

In between Touring, and Recording in Europe, Jean has gone back and forth between Germany, and Los Angeles. In 1988 she signed a five year contract with Lever Brothers, to do a :15 and :30 Sec. Commercial for Dove Soap. She became the National Dove Soap Lady Of The Year. The Dove Soap Spot won the CEBA Award Of Excellence. Shy was then represented by one of Americas biggest Commercial Agencies Sutton, Barth & Vennari, through which she landed other major Commercials for Silo Electronics, US West Communications and Ames Department Stores.

Jean also played a Leading Role in the Soap-Opera "Secret Passions" as Council woman June Tshwaila. During that same time period Jean hosted her own TV Talk Show "The Jean Shy Rhythm & News Show" produced by Walker Entertainment which aired weekly on Cable TV.

After the Germany release of her CD "Ready For Love" produced by Michael McGregor, and besides performing with her Shy Guys, Jean joined an interesting project in 1994. She was the featured Singer for the Dutch formation T-Spoon which prior had two Top 10 Hits.

T-Spoon featuring Jean Shy landed a No. 5 Hit with the very jazzy oriented euro dance track "Where R U Now", and with the remake of the Janis Joplin Song "Mercedes Benz" in an euro reggae style, they made it to No. 7 in the Benelux.

With the following Project N678ALL featuring Jean Shy she landed at No.32 on the British Dance Charts with the Song "Summernation".

Upon the request of many Fans over the Years, Jean Shy & The Shy Guys finally recorded a -Live-CD- in 1998 entitled "Unchain My Heart".

Because Jean almost always performs at least one Gospel Song during her Concerts whether high powered Rhythm & Blues or Jazz, many of her European Fans requested her to do a traditional Gospel Album. Finally in 1999 Jean recorded her first Gospel CD "Amazing Grace" with a smaller "Shy Guys" formation.

Going back to her Roots, with "Amazing Grace" Jean has gone on many Gospel Tours in Germany, presenting her Special Gospel & Spiritual Program "Jean Shy sings Mahalia Jackson" live as well as on this CD.

Her next CD "Still Swingin' (After All These Years)" was recorded Live in Cologne with The Climax Band with whom she prior recorded the Albums "The Night Time Is The Right Time" and "Just The Way We Are".

Performing with THE CLIMAX BAND has been a continuous Special Project for Jean over the Years keeping her Jazz Roots alive in Germany and in The Netherlands.

The CD "Still Swingin' (After All These Years)" was recorded in celebration of their 20th Anniversary.

In May 2002 Jean toured as a Special Guest with the Jazz Band Ball Orchestra (JBBO) from Krakow for the first time, even though they had been playing on many of the same Stages for over twenty Years. The JBBO is Poland's oldest and Internationally best known European Jazz Formation. During their Tour they performed at Jazz Festivals in Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.

In Hungary the Concert at the Salgotarian Jazz Festival was recorded and broadcast by Magyar Radio.

Since the Tour was such an excellent success they recorded a Jazz & Blues CD together at the Radio Krakow Studio entitled "The Other Side Of Blue". The CD was released in Poland in 2003. Other Tours within Poland and adjacent countries followed, along with national Live-TV Performances including the Polish Oscars at which the JBBO won an Award once again for being "The Best Jazz Band of the Year" presenting Jean Shy as their Special Guest. The performances and the CD received a great response from critiques and audiences alike.

In September 2004 Jean got a leading part in a National TV Spot as well as the Print Advertisement for Target which is one of the largest Department Stores in the USA. She also hosted her new Cable TV Talk Show "In the Spotlight with Jean Shy".

Jean Shy’s second Gospel Album production entitled "One Day" is a mixture of Live and Studio recordings with her Shy Guys. The USA CD release was a joint Venture between King Edward Records and Featherstone Records. The Album as well as the first Radio Single entitled "Precious Memories" was released in the USA on April 14.2005 and received much Airplay on Gospel Radio Stations across the country.

In September 2007 "The Other Side Of Blue" CD was released in the USA.

On Oct. 31.2008 King Edward Records released the new Jean Shy & The Shy Guys CD "The Blues Got Soul". The first Single to be promoted from this dynamite Rhythm & Blues / Blues-Rock CD is an original Song written by Jean Shy entitled "I Can't Save You From Yourself"

On Dec. 16.2008 Jean Shy was nominated by the Blues Foundation for the 2009 Blues Awards in the Category of "Soul Blues Female Artist Of The Year", in conjunction with the release of "The Blues Got Soul". This is Jean Shy's first nomination.

The Blues Music Awards ceremony and concert will be held May 7, 2009 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. The awards ceremony and concert will be broadcast live by Sirius XM Satellite Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville channel. The Blues Music Awards will be shot in HD for a DVD to be released in 2010.

For more information please visit www.jeanshy.com
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Genres:
Blues, Christian-gospel, Gospel, Rhythm, Christian/gospel
Hometown:
Chicago, Illinois

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About Jean Shy

Jean Shy is an internationally acclaimed Soul, Blues Singer; Songwriter, Music Producer, and Actress. She is definitely a multi-talented and truly unique Artist, and audiences are overwhelmed by her powerful vocal delivery.

Born in Chicago, Jean's vocal background had it's beginning in Gospel Music. Mahalia Jackson was her first musical Idol. Elvis Presley inspired her to become a professional Entertainer in commercial Music.

Later she was also greatly influenced by Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Etta James, 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 on the "Chitlin Circuit" 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 Producer - 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 ("Dance (Disco Heat)" , "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real"). The ongs Harvey produced on Jean were released on Honey Records, and a few others in conjunction with Fantasy Records.

In 1978 Jean branched out and went to Europe. Soon after she arrived in Frankfurt, Germany she performed at the famous Jazz Kneipe owned by Musician Wolfgang Dosch. There she met Dr. Carlo Bohlaender one of Europe's acclaimed Jazz Critics, Trumpet Player and Book Author who introduced her into Frankfurt's Jazz Scene as well as to one of Germany’s Top Jazz, Blues & Gospel Booking Agents "Dieter Nentwig". Carlo included Jean in his series of Jazz Encyclopedias as the youngest Jazz Vocalist, which Jean is very proud of.

After the performance of a few Jazz Concerts the Cultural Department sent Jean as a cultural Ambassador to represent the city "Frankfurt am Main" in the Partner City Milano, Italy, with an Open Air performance in front of the world famous Skala which Jean performed with one of Frankfurt’s Top Jazz Bands Herbert Christ & The Jazz Babies.

Shy met Producer Bernt Moehrle (Chilly) in Frankfurt who produced two Singles "Layla" and "Do The Locomotion" on her, which were released on Polydor Records.

Soon after Jean signed a contract with Al Coury, President of R.S.O. Records through her Business Manager Nick Sevano, who also managed Artist such as Glen Campbell and Julia McGuinnes. Producer Bob Esty was brought in to produce Shy while he was working on Albums with Barbara Streisand and Cher.

The release of this now considered "classic" 12" Single production of the Song "Night Dancer" written by Bob Esty, and Michael W. Brooks, brought Jean her first national Record success, which was a number nine US Hit in the Billboard Top 100 Disco Charts.

"Night Dancer" also became one of the Soundtracks in the Movie "Roller Boogie" starring Linda Blair. The B-Side was the classic Jazz Song "That Old Black Magic" which was #13 in the US Dance Charts.

After her success with R.S.O. Jean returned to Europe making Germany her second home. Soon after, she signed an exclusive Booking Contract with the Dieter Nentwig International Musikagentur. Because a well known Colleague had to cancel a performance at the Lahnstein Blues Festival presented by SWF Radio, Jean was booked to perform with

The Frankfurt City Blues Band, this concert, which was also recorded and broadcast by SWF Radio, exceeded all expectations. After that, countless performances at national and International Jazz & Blues Festivals with The Frankfurt City Blues Band, and other known Bands such as The Blues Company, The Barrelhouse Jazz Band, Climax Band Cologne, and Jazz Band Ball Orchestra followed.

Since 1982 Jean has been working with the German Label King Edward Records. Her first Album produced by Hense Powell entitled "Maze (I Just Wanna Escape)" was released in 1983.

Believing in Jean Shy in every aspect of her musical Talent the Label has supported her diverse Music Styles, therefore releasing various Cd’s by her over the Years, which, just like her Concerts, range from Rhythm & Blues/Rock to Jazz and Gospel.

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 made a contract with "Record Shack Records" in England for the release of "Tough Enough" 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.

In between Touring, and Recording in Europe, Jean has gone back and forth between Germany, and Los Angeles. In 1988 she signed a five year contract with Lever Brothers, to do a :15 and :30 Sec. Commercial for Dove Soap. She became the National Dove Soap Lady Of The Year. The Dove Soap Spot won the CEBA Award Of Excellence. Shy was then represented by one of Americas biggest Commercial Agencies Sutton, Barth & Vennari, through which she landed other major Commercials for Silo Electronics, US West Communications and Ames Department Stores.

Jean also played a Leading Role in the Soap-Opera "Secret Passions" as Council woman June Tshwaila. During that same time period Jean hosted her own TV Talk Show "The Jean Shy Rhythm & News Show" produced by Walker Entertainment which aired weekly on Cable TV.

After the Germany release of her CD "Ready For Love" produced by Michael McGregor, and besides performing with her Shy Guys, Jean joined an interesting project in 1994. She was the featured Singer for the Dutch formation T-Spoon which prior had two Top 10 Hits.

T-Spoon featuring Jean Shy landed a No. 5 Hit with the very jazzy oriented euro dance track "Where R U Now", and with the remake of the Janis Joplin Song "Mercedes Benz" in an euro reggae style, they made it to No. 7 in the Benelux.

With the following Project N678ALL featuring Jean Shy she landed at No.32 on the British Dance Charts with the Song "Summernation".

Upon the request of many Fans over the Years, Jean Shy & The Shy Guys finally recorded a -Live-CD- in 1998 entitled "Unchain My Heart".

Because Jean almost always performs at least one Gospel Song during her Concerts whether high powered Rhythm & Blues or Jazz, many of her European Fans requested her to do a traditional Gospel Album. Finally in 1999 Jean recorded her first Gospel CD "Amazing Grace" with a smaller "Shy Guys" formation.

Going back to her Roots, with "Amazing Grace" Jean has gone on many Gospel Tours in Germany, presenting her Special Gospel & Spiritual Program "Jean Shy sings Mahalia Jackson" live as well as on this CD.

Her next CD "Still Swingin' (After All These Years)" was recorded Live in Cologne with The Climax Band with whom she prior recorded the Albums "The Night Time Is The Right Time" and "Just The Way We Are".

Performing with THE CLIMAX BAND has been a continuous Special Project for Jean over the Years keeping her Jazz Roots alive in Germany and in The Netherlands.

The CD "Still Swingin' (After All These Years)" was recorded in celebration of their 20th Anniversary.

In May 2002 Jean toured as a Special Guest with the Jazz Band Ball Orchestra (JBBO) from Krakow for the first time, even though they had been playing on many of the same Stages for over twenty Years. The JBBO is Poland's oldest and Internationally best known European Jazz Formation. During their Tour they performed at Jazz Festivals in Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.

In Hungary the Concert at the Salgotarian Jazz Festival was recorded and broadcast by Magyar Radio.

Since the Tour was such an excellent success they recorded a Jazz & Blues CD together at the Radio Krakow Studio entitled "The Other Side Of Blue". The CD was released in Poland in 2003. Other Tours within Poland and adjacent countries followed, along with national Live-TV Performances including the Polish Oscars at which the JBBO won an Award once again for being "The Best Jazz Band of the Year" presenting Jean Shy as their Special Guest. The performances and the CD received a great response from critiques and audiences alike.

In September 2004 Jean got a leading part in a National TV Spot as well as the Print Advertisement for Target which is one of the largest Department Stores in the USA. She also hosted her new Cable TV Talk Show "In the Spotlight with Jean Shy".

Jean Shy’s second Gospel Album production entitled "One Day" is a mixture of Live and Studio recordings with her Shy Guys. The USA CD release was a joint Venture between King Edward Records and Featherstone Records. The Album as well as the first Radio Single entitled "Precious Memories" was released in the USA on April 14.2005 and received much Airplay on Gospel Radio Stations across the country.

In September 2007 "The Other Side Of Blue" CD was released in the USA.

On Oct. 31.2008 King Edward Records released the new Jean Shy & The Shy Guys CD "The Blues Got Soul". The first Single to be promoted from this dynamite Rhythm & Blues / Blues-Rock CD is an original Song written by Jean Shy entitled "I Can't Save You From Yourself"

On Dec. 16.2008 Jean Shy was nominated by the Blues Foundation for the 2009 Blues Awards in the Category of "Soul Blues Female Artist Of The Year", in conjunction with the release of "The Blues Got Soul". This is Jean Shy's first nomination.

The Blues Music Awards ceremony and concert will be held May 7, 2009 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. The awards ceremony and concert will be broadcast live by Sirius XM Satellite Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville channel. The Blues Music Awards will be shot in HD for a DVD to be released in 2010.

For more information please visit www.jeanshy.com
Show More
Genres:
Blues, Christian-gospel, Gospel, Rhythm, Christian/gospel
Hometown:
Chicago, Illinois

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