years we have had several male artists make their mark in the
neo-soul arena. The likes of Maxwell,
have all made a big impression but perhaps none might make an even
bigger impression than that of newcomer Remy Shand.
The 23 year old Canadian
native's time has come to light with 'Way
I feel ', (his debut
release on Motown Records) a masterful collection of songs that is
of both the pride and joy of the young man's work. The lead off
single is 'Take a
message ' a
wicked track that's laced with guitar licks and organ keys with a
thumping bass line to boot a very charming and
irresistible track that's both soothing and relaxing to the
started writing songs for the album 'Way I Feel
at the age of 19.
Songs like the "Everlasting,"
and the lovely "Rocksteady
were among the first to be completed but he needed to be heard, get
a deal. Said Remy "I wanted to
get some feedback, so I put some songs on a tape and a friend sent
the tape to his brother (a manager in Toronto)". Out of the
blue, Steve Warden, (now Remy’s manager), called to assure him
that he could be signed to an artist deal within a year. I said,
"Yeah, right". But in just three months, two labels had
offered development deals. Remy took a deep breath and declined,
choosing to press his luck and insist on a contract to make a full
album. Soon there were several labels knocking at his door. He chose
who signed him as an album artist, and gave him
all the time he needed to complete the work himself. Remy
worked on his album for the next four years recording and mixing it entirely from home in Winnipeg.
Being an admirer of what Kedar Massenberg has
done with Motown
he decided to sign with Motown.
finished product is some of finest array of songs to come from the mind of the
man, every note shows emotion and strength, every song a pleasure to
listen to. Notables include 'Burning
Bridges ', 'Everlasting
Met Your Mercy ', 'Liberate
Back On Vanity ' and
the title cut.
He will be compared to others (Maxwell
Taylor comes to mind right
he's definitely in a class all by himself to me. Look out for this one it has the potential to be big. A worthy
and most definitely TY-D
View the video
"Take a Message" (Courtesy
Listen to "Take
"The way I feel"