A two-time San Diego Music Award winner for Best Blues Artist, vivacious young vocalist Whitney Shay sings with a commanding authority that's usually associated with artists twice her age. No less an authority than soul legend Candi Staton called Shay "one heck of a singer" and asserted "She really has heart." The Beach and Bay Press further stated, "Shay is one of San Diego’s most electrifying artists, with a sassy, brassy stage presence that makes her one of the area's top performers to watch.”
The excitement that Shay is currently generating, through her live performances and her new album, A Woman Rules the World, has its roots in the artist's lifelong love for music and performance. Her high energy and great passion for soulful music is contagious and her audiences find her absolutely irresistible. Those assets have won her an enthusiastic audience on her home turf, where she performs more than 200 shows per year.
Shay’s talent and charisma are on display throughout A Woman Rules the World, her first new album in six years and her first to showcase her original songwriting. The album is a smart mix of original tunes and covers of soul classics by Little Richard, Dinah Washington, Candi Staton, Little Denise and Bill Coday, with a compelling undercurrent of female empowerment.
Marty's review: Whitney Shay delivers in a powerful and relentless style on this 10 track collection of bold and brassy blues-soul numbers that showcase her up-front vocals and passion for the blues. With a tight and dynamic production and a solid choice of material, including 4 she co-wrote with Adam J.Eros, this album announces that she is back in a big way and wants you to know it.
“The album mirrors my journey, and this year it seems like a lot of things are coming to fruition with the women’s rights movement,” says Shay. “I think it really resonates right now because people are sick of the status quo.”
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