About Jean Shy & The Shy Guys
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. Later she was also greatly influenced by Mahalia Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae, and others. Jean was already receiving awards for her musical talents by the time she reached High School. At the age of twelve she was signed by Leonard and Phil Chess to the legendary Chess Label in Chicago. The release of “Spring Fever,“ by Tim & Jean became a Regional Hit.
Jean was signed by Carl Davis for Brunswick Records, just before finishing High School. With various regional Record successes she toured as an Opening-Act with Otis Leavill, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, The Chi-Lites, The O'Jays, Al Green, The Stylistics, and Jackie Wilson, gathering a tremendous amount of Stage Experience.
Jean wrote her first Album which was produced by Hense Powell; Executive Produced by Emerson Featherstone. One Single from that production “Speak Talk About It,” was signed by Jay Butler to Playboy Records.
Jean Shy was later produced by Harvey Fuqua who was the founder and lead singer for seminal R&B/doo wop group The Moonglows. He was an early mentor of Marvin Gaye, (co-producing "Sexual Healing" and Gaye's hit duets with Tammi Terrell), helped to develop several Motown acts, and helped to launch the careers of '70s soul-pop group New Birth, and disco superstar Sylvester (Disco Heat, You Make Me Feel Mighty Real). The Songs Harvey produced on Jean were released on Honey Records, and a few others in conjunction with Fantasy Records.
In 1978 Jean branched out and went to Europe. Soon after she arrived in Frankfurt, Germany she performed at the famous Jazz Kneipe, owned by Musician Wolfgang Dosch. There she met Dr. Carlo Bohlaender one of Europe's acclaimed Jazz Critics, Trumpet Player and Book Author who introduced her into Frankfurt's Jazz Scene as well as to one of Germany's Top Jazz, Blues & Gospel Booking Agents Dieter Nentwig. Carlo included Jean in his series of Jazz Encyclopedias as the youngest Jazz Vocalist, which Jean is very proud of.
After the performance of a few Jazz Concerts the Cultural Department sent Jean as a cultural Ambassador to represent the city "Frankfurt am Main" in the Partner City Milano, Italy, with an Open Air performance in front of the world famous Skala which Jean performed with one of Frankfurt's Top Jazz Bands Herbert Christ & The Jazz Babies.
Shy met Chilly Producer Bernt Moehrle (pictured right) in Frankfurt who produced two Singles “Layla,” and “Do the Locomotion” on Jean, which were released on Polydor Records, Germany.
Soon after Jean signed a contract with Al Coury, President of R.S.O. Records through her Business Manager Nick Sevano, who also managed Artist such as Glen Campbell and Julia McGuinnes. Producer Bob Esty was brought in to produce Shy while he was working on Albums with Barbara Streisand and Cher.
The release of this now considered "classic" 12" Single production of the Song Night Dancer, written by Bob Esty, and Michael W. Brooks, brought Jean her first national Record success in the US. It became a #9 Hit in the Billboard Top 100 Disco Charts. "Night Dancer" also was one of the Soundtracks in the Movie Roller Boogie starring Linda Blair. The B-Side was the classic Jazz Song That Old Black Magic which made it to #13 in the US Dance Charts.
After her successes in the US Jean branched out and went to Europe, making Germany her second home. In 1984 she formed her own Band THE SHY GUYS with which she has been performing to thousands of Fans at major Festivals, Concerts Halls and Churches throughout Europe for more than twenty five 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.
On Oct. 31.2008 King Edward Records (now located in Los Angeles, CA. ) released the Jean Shy & The Shy Guys CD entitled "The Blues Got Soul." The CD is compilation of some of the hottest material recorded on Jean Shy & The Shy Guys,” much of which was performed Live at an Open Air Concert in Duisburg, Germany. This classic CD is a timeless work of art, which consists of original compositions and covers, performed in their own unique sound. In conjunction with this Album JEAN SHY was nominated for the 2009 Blues Music Awards in the category of “Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year.” The Blues Music Awards are recognized as the highest honor given to Blues Artists.
The Blues Got Soul Tour 2013 is currently in the planning for USA, Canada, Germany, and other parts of Europe. Jean Shy & The Shy Guys will present an explosive Mix of the Music that burns in their Blood; everything from Blues Stompers to Goose bump raising Ballads, performed in an original and innovative Style.