In recent 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 listening ear.
started writing songs for the album 'Way
I Feel ' at the
age of 19. Songs like the "Everlasting,"
and the lovely "Rock steady
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
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 Universal,
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
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 ',
'Looking Back On
Vanity ' and
the title cut.
will be compared to others (Maxwell
Taylor comes to
mind right off) but 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
Listen to "Take
"The way I feel"