MEMPHIS, TN - The Blues Foundation nominates King Edward Records Artist JEAN SHY for the 2009 Blues Music Awards in the category of “Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year,” with her new CD The Blues Got Soul.” The Blues Music Awards are recognized as the highest honor given to Blues Artists. This is Jean Shy’s first nomination.
Born in the Blues capitol of the world Chicago", her vocal Background had its beginning in Gospel Music. Jean is definitely a multi-talented Artist, and audiences are overwhelmed by her powerful vocal delivery.
Mahalia Jackson was her first musical Idol. Elvis Presley inspired her to become a professional Entertainer in commercial Music.
Jean was already receiving awards for her musical talents by the time she reached High School. At the age of twelve Jean was signed by Leonard and Phil Chess to the legendary Chess Label in Chicago. The release of her original composition “Spring Fever” recorded 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 in the Chitlin Circuit" with Otis Leavill, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, The Chi-Lites, The O'Jays, Al Green, The Stylistics, Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, and Gene Chandler, gathering a tremendous amount of Stage Experience.
Releases with Playboy-, Honey-, Fantasy Records, and No 9 & No 13 Billboard Hits Night Dancer" and That Old Black Magic" produced by Bob Esty with Robert Stigwood's R.S.O. Records followed. Night Dancer also became one of the Soundtracks in the Movie Roller Boogie starring Linda Blair.
After her success in the US, Jean branched out and went to Europe, making Germany her second home in 1980. There she formed her own Band The Shy Guys", with which she has been performing for thousands of Fans at major Festivals, Concert Halls, and Churches throughout Europe for more than twenty Years.
Jean joined an interesting project in 1994, when she was invited to be 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. The Songs became a Hit in a splattering of other countries as well.
Her newest CD The Blues Got Soul" is a compilation of some of the hottest Rhythm & Blues/Rock material recorded on Jean Shy and her German Band “The Shy Guys,” which was partially performed Live at an Open Air Concert in Duisburg, Germany.
This classic CD is a timeless work of art, which consists of original compositions and covers, performed in their own unique style.
Jean Shy is a brilliant, and one of a kind" Artist. A critique once described Jean's performance as follows: Jean Shy has the conciseness of a Tina Turner, the vivid Northern-Soul feeling of a Van Morrison, the expressiveness of an Etta James, and she convinces above all with one thing honesty."
Voting for the Blues Music Awards is now open to all current and potential new members of The Blues Foundation at http://www.blues.org/bluesmusicawards/vote.php4. For more information on The Blues Foundation, visit http://www.blues.org.
Winners in all categories will be announced at the 30th Annual Blues Music Awards Show on May 7, 2009, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
The awards ceremony 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.