The European Press glorifies her with headlines like The Queen of the Night, Blues-Pipe, Black Volcano, The Voice of the Lord, and Golden Throat. The Lady they are talking about is internationally acclaimed Recording-Artist/Songwriter JEAN SHY.
With four Hits under her belt, Shy is a 2009 Blues Music Awards Nominee in the category of “Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year” for the Jean Shy & The Shy Guys CD "The Blues Got Soul." In 2011 the Jean Shy & Friends follow up Album "Blow Top Blues" was nominated by the Independent Music Awards for "Blues Album of the Year." Latest highlights include a seven page Feature in the US Magazine "Living Blues" and a live performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2013 with her longtime Band "THE SHY GUYS."
Jean Shy is a brilliant, 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."
Born in Chicago, Jean's vocal background had its beginning in Gospel Music. Elvis Presley was her first inspiration to become a professional Entertainer in commercial Music. Mahalia Jackson was her first musical Idol. Later she was also greatly influenced by Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Carmen McRae, and others.
Jean already received awards for her musical talents by the time she reached High School. At the age of twelve Leonard and Phil Chess signed Jean to their legendary Chess Label in Chicago, where the release of her original composition "Spring Fever" (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 the chitlin' circuit alongside many Artists including The O'Jays, Al Green, Jackie Wilson and The Stylistics, and was Opening-Act for The Chi-Lites Otis Leavill, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, to name a few; gathering a tremendous amount of Stage Experience.
Productions with renowned Producer Harvey Fuqua, releases with Honey-, Fantasy-, Playboy Records, and the 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 was also 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 1981. She formed her own Band "The Shy Guys" in 1984 with which she has been performing at major Festivals, Concerts Halls, Events and Churches throughout Europe for thirty Years. Two of the original members Band Leader Klaus Zimmermann (Guitars), and Martin Hoette (Guitars), as well as long time members Bernhard Spiess (Drums), and Sascha Kuehn (Keyboards) are still performing as part of the Band today. The newest addition to the Band was Michael "Schnuff" Strohm (Bass) in 1999. In 2008 Jean Shy and her in Germany based "Shy Guys" have gone through some musical changes to where they are now completely grounded in the Blues.
Besides performing with her Shy Guys, Jean joined an interesting project in 1994. 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.
In conjunction with the release of the Jean Shy & The Shy Guys CD "The Blues Got Soul," Jean was nominated for the 2009 Blues Music Awards for "Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year." The Blues Got Soul is a compilation of some of the hottest material recorded on Jean Shy & The Shy Guys, which was mostly performed Live at an Open Air Concert in Duisburg, Germany.
The 2010 Jean Shy & Friends CD release "Blow Top Blues" was nominated for "Blues Album of the Year" by the Independent Music Awards.
We are exited to announce two new Jean Shy releases In the spring of 2015 which are an EP as well as a live CD recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival.