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Through the Fire

by Shay Dillon

Blues infused R&B and Soul with effortless vocal segues of sweet soulful sounds to powerful earth shaking belts.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Happy, Every Day
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2. Breathing
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3. Through The Fire
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4. Wide Awake
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5. Drink Instead
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6. Slippin' Away
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7. Holdin' On
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8. Cry
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9. Black Crows
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10. People Say
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11. I Been Good
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12. Maybe Tomorrow
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13. Love & Hate
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Shay Dillon, the 2006 International Award winner for the Best Female Solo Artist from the Music Aid International Music Awards began as a young performer with her first appearance on Nashville television at the age of 13. Dedicated to her art, the self taught artist secured work with other artists in the Nashville area and began a long journey to finding her style. Working with Country Bands to Top 40 cover bands and singing any where and every where including seedy Honky Tonks, Shay began to develop her niche. With influences ranging from Country and Southern Gospel to Rock and Blues, somewhere in between all of these genres Shay emerged with her own voice.

Shay returned to Northern California after her short 4 year stint in the Nashville area and began writing with Paul Kraushaar from Para-Sight Studios and Productions in Nevada City. Shay and Paul have compiled a large catalog of songs available for licensing.

Shay conveys not only a soulful and passionate delivery but one that is sure to make you believe that she believes what she is singing. Fans and critics alike are enthralled by Shay’s earthy, raw mix of Blues, Soul and R&B. Her effortless segues from sweet soulful sounds to a powerful earth shaking belt are evidence of the command Shay has over her craft and her delivery most definitely evokes emotion in the listener. The songs Shay writes move you, plain and simple. You will not come away from a listen without an emotional response. Of course a positive emotional response!

Currently, on her Debut Album Release "Through the Fire", several of Shay’s original songs are receiving international airplay, licensing and have been included on 3 compilation CD’s ( Music Aid, Shmusicmusic and Research Music’s ‘Just Talent’) to be distributed Internationally for 2007.

She has been a consistent Blues and R&B chart topper on, and earning her a larger International fan base and exposure. Shay has published works with Thomas Nelson Publishing and Aknackformusic based in Nashville and is presently included in MamaPUBlooza Publishing catalog, Blue Pie Productions, Songs with Vision and Audiosparx.
Shay’s debut album has numerous cuts being played on Internet as well as public
Radio, including On the Horizon Radio which boasts 4 million plus listeners a week.

There are multitudes of independent musicians vying for a music niche but Shay’s incredible heart felt vocals are winning the hearts and respect of fans as well as other musicians all over the world. She has been likened to artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Lydia Pentz, Janice Joplin, Aretha Franklin and even Norah Jones, yet is unique in her sound and delivery. Even though Shay has been around long enough to “pay her dues” she is being discovered as one of the “newest” Indie talents on the block.


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Judy Davison

I love the CD....Thank you so much for sharing.....

Christine Bode

This 13-track album is worth its weight in loonies and toonies folks
I discovered the wonderfully classy Nashville chanteuse Shay Dillon on MySpace and am thrilled that I had my account there long enough to bump into her because she’s one hell of an awesome find! Shay’s debut release Through The Fire is a blues, jazz, R&B and soul collection of expertly crafted, hot blooded songs that are marvelously highlighted by Shay’s sensual, sultry voice. Fans of Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Joss Stone, Norah Jones, Deanna Johnston and Susan Tedeschi will be immediately drawn to beautiful blonde Shay’s intrinsic style. This self-taught artist made her first appearance on Nashville television at the age of 13. Over the years her influences have ranged from country to gospel to rock and blues and Through The Fire is an excellent composite of them. Shay is the 2006 Music Aid International Award winner for Best Female Solo Artist and will be included on Music Aid’s compilation CD. She is making a name for herself all over Internet radio and could possibly be opening for Sheryl Crow in the not too distant future.

Shay’s band for this album consists of partner Paul Kraushaar contributing all instrumentation, Tim Riley on lead guitar and bass, Craig Palmer on piano, Joe Thayer on bass and Michael Paul sings back-up vocals on a couple of tracks. Shay provides all vocals and most of the back up and has written all of the songs with Paul except for “Slippin’ Away” and “I Been Good” which Tim Riley also contributed to.

Through The Fire opens with the smoky, lovey-dovey jazz ballad “Happy…Every Day” and is followed by a scorching R&B number called “Breathing”. The title song and one of my favourites on the album, “Through The Fire”, is a bluesy torch ditty punctuated by Tim Riley’s guitar solo:

“Join in the melody of lonely souls
in this burning sea…something’s
Bound to set them free…
Or drown them in their own misery…
Beauty from the ashes,
Life from the dust…
We all walk through the fire”

“Wide Awake” is a superlative full-out blues raunch that would make Bonnie Raitt herself proud. Buddy Leach’s skilful baritone and tenor saxophone solos permeate “Wide Awake” and effortlessly make it my favourite track. Buddy also plays sax on another sexy mid-tempo blues lament, “Drink Instead” and by the sixth track, “Slippin’ Away”, Shay confirms her gift as a natural, hip sashaying blues vocalist. A slow, sad mist of heartbreak invades “Holdin’ On”, a song I imagine Billie Holiday would have enjoyed singing and “Cry” is a Southern Fried rock confession featuring Brad Davis’ sizzling slide guitar. “Black Crows” is an Alison Krause-reminiscent country spell caster and “People Say” a Texas style blues/rock ballad. Put your cowboy boots on and get down to “I Been Good”, the best boogie beat shit-kicker on Through The Fire and I for one would like to hear Shay rock out a little harder on her next album. “Maybe Tomorrow” seems just a little out of place as it’s a largely pop-influenced song and the album ends with a similar downer “Love and Hate”, which sounds like something Mariah Carey might sing on a seriously depressed day. Over all though Through The Fire is an exceptional debut that Shay can always be proud of and should pave the way for a lengthy music career.

This 13-track album is worth its weight in loonies and toonies folks so dig deep and order your copy now through Shay’s official website at and stop by and tell her what you think at By the way, note to the Kingston Blues Society: We need to hire this woman for one of our upcoming events!

Christine Bode


A long wait but worth it
Opening with "Happy Every Day", we did have initial reservations. Veering dangerously close to Ramada Inn jazz in its production, we wondered if the wait had indeed been worthwhile. Fortunately, it was a blip on the radar. The next song "Breathing" was truly compelling. "Wide Awake" treated us to a solid piece of blues on the subject of betrayal. "Holdin' On" is a heartfelt tale of having to share the love of a man. "Black Crows" features some excellent country flavoured guitar. The uptempo "I Been Good" was a highpoint but she saves the best for last with the ballad "Love and Hate". Accompanied by only a piano, her voice just soars. A strong song and proof positive that keeping it simple works. In fact, we would go so far as saying that we have the making of a genuine torch singer here.

So, this is one classy recording. Urbane rather than urban, Ms Dillon shows polish and no small amount of style in her performance. Add in the rather fine songs and you have an album that is indeed worthy of recommendation.