THIS IS RYAN SHAW is the 2007 debut of vocalist Ryan Shaw, a young troubadour with his gaze set firmly on the classic soul and R&B of yesteryear. In sharp distinction to a lot of his neo-soul contemporaries, Shaw genuinely channels the spirit of Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and other Stax and Motown legends, without the gloss of urban contemporary beats and production compromising the vibe. Shaw has the style and the pipes to pull off the feat, giving the contemporary soul scene an old-school shot in the arm that's surprisingly refreshing.
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