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Ryan Christopher Shaw (born December 25, 1975) is a soul musician from Georgia, USA.

Ryan Shaw
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Ryan Shaw in 2007.
Background information
Birth nameRyan Shaw
Born (1975-12-25) December 25, 1975 (age 43)
OriginDecatur, Georgia
Years active1998–present
LabelsRED, Columbia, Razor & Tie, OneHaven, Dynotone


Shaw began singing in the Pentecostal Free Church of God in Christ at the age of three in Lithonia, Georgia, having been raised in a deeply religious household. Shaw won a spot in a gospel musical at Georgia State University, and in 1998 he dropped out of college to take part in Tyler Perry's play I Know I've Been Changed. At the end of the play's run he began doing Motown covers in New York, joining the group Fabulous Soul Shakers in 2004. He recorded a demo in 2006, won the ear of Columbia Records, and was signed to said label. The album, This is Ryan Shaw, mixes new material with covers of songs by Wilson Pickett, Bobby Womack, and Jackie Wilson. He was the opening act for the Van Halen tour 07-08. At the end of 2009 he reached some fame in the Netherlands with his single It Gets Better, which peaked at number 2 on the single top 100 charts. On May 15, 2012 Ryan Shaw released Real Love on Dynotone Records.[1] In June 2015, Shaw advanced from the auditions to Judge Cuts Week on season 10 of America's Got Talent. However, in July 2015, he was eliminated from the competition during Judge Cuts Week 2.[2]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy Award
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 "I Am Your Man" Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2011 "In Between" Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2014 "Yesterday" Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Nominated


  • This Is Ryan Shaw (2007) #22 Billboard Heatseekers)
  • It Gets Better (2010)
  • Real Love (2012)


  1. ^ "Shore Fire Media - Boutique Public Relations Firm". Shore Fire Media.
  2. ^ "Judge Cuts 2". America's Got Talent. Green Bay, Wisconsin. July 21, 2015. Event occurs at 8:04pm. NBC. WGBA-TV. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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