MICHAEL SHAY is a singer-songwriter, cellist and multi-instrumentalist currently based out of Austin, Texas and Quito, Ecuador. Classically trained as a cellist, but equally steeped in the music of his native Texas, fifteen years of musical travels and work in as many genres finally led him back to a focus on singing - sometimes with guitar, sometimes with cello in hand. His work with world music duo The Just Desserts and country-bluegrass band Texas Express has seen him perform and collaborate in Canada, Italy, Spain, France, England, Denmark, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, in addition to most of the United States.
With 7 previous releases exploring genres as diverse as folk, rock, bluegrass, country, tango, swing, Balkan, Catalan, Indian, Andean, Latin and classical, Shay will release two discs in 2015: The compilation "Decadence - ten years of music 2012-2002", followed by an EP of original songs recorded live in quartet in 2014 in Ecuador. The group (w/Ecudorian accordionist/pianist Daniel Pacheco and Texan bassist Ryan Hagler) will tour Texas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and New Mexico June-August 2015 in support of this release.
- "With a classical musician's nuance but a rocker's intensity, a taste for every kind of music under the sun and an endless appetite for improvisation, Shay's songs and lush baritone voice reflect a vision comfortably outside any "Americana" box while remaining poetically reverent to his roots: Townes, Neil Young, Dylan, the Dead. What's more, you'll never hear a more versatile, original, and expressive cellist in any genre...." -