Biography

Jason Arnold, known by his stage name ShyBoy, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and mashup artist. His music’s been featured in numerous hit TV shows, films and video games including ABC’s Super Fun Night, SyFy’s Warehouse 13, CW’s America’s Next Top Model and Capcom’s multi-platinum game Devil May Cry 4 (for which he performed the end title “Shall Never Surrender”, a song he co-wrote with composer Tetsuya Shibata). ShyBoy has performed on stages in Europe and North America (including a headliner slot at the fourth annual Carmel Art and Film Festival at the Pacific Repertory Theatre’s Golden Bough Playhouse), has shared the stage with artists such as Amanda Palmer, Griffin House, Meiko and Bell X1, and has appeared on numerous radio shows and web series, including Stripped Down Live with Curt Smith (of Tears for Fears).

ShyBoy’s debut solo LP Water on Mars, released through digital retailers worldwide in October 2013, was produced by Mark Nubar and ShyBoy in Hollywood, CA and features co-writes with noteworthy songwriters such as Allee Willis, Wendy Waldman and more. The song “Bird in Flight”[7] (written by ShyBoy, Nubar and Abe Parker) and a cover of Nik Kershaw’s 1984 hit “Wouldn’t It Be Good” were released as the lead singles from the collection, both with videos directed by award-winning filmmaker Michael Bodie and produced by Loretta Ramos (associate producer on Bryan Fuller’s NBC series Hannibal).

The Huffington Post’s review of Water on Mars says the album “makes a bold, tuneful impression on today’s indie-pop landscape” and that it is “one of the year’s smartest, not-to-be-missed debuts.” LA blog BuzzBands.LA notes ShyBoy’s versatility and describes his sound as “wonderfully dramatic.” The Monterey County Weekly describes ShyBoy’s music as “a cross-pollination of RJD2, DJ Shadow and 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arnold’s understated vocals quickly erupt into full-blown soulful crooning that’s irresistible for eardrums.”

In support of the LP launch, ShyBoy performed a series of shows at the 2nd Annual CBGB Festival in NYC and a January 2014 residency at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles (with his live band consisting of Angela Momiyama on bass, Elizabeth Goodfellow on drums and Nubar on piano). The week of the release, the HLN show Raising America (with Kyra Phillips) picked up Water on Mars album track “When I Close My Eyes” (written by ShyBoy, Nubar and Ivo Moring) as its theme song.

ShyBoy is a resident DJ and vocalist at Adrian & the Mysterious D’s club Bootie at The Echoplex in Los Angeles. He’s also performed at other Bootie locations, including New York, Berlin and the award-winning clubs’s home base, the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. Under the DJ ShyBoy moniker, he has produced numerous concept albums (The RuPaul Mixtape, MaDonna Summer), remixes (RuPaul’s “The Beginning”) and original singles, including an artist collaboration with RuPaul on “The Shade of It All,” “Runway Girl,” “Reading is Fundamental,” “It’s Not Personal (It’s Drag)” and “Oh No She Better Don’t” - all released by World of Wonder and featured on seasons 4, 5 and 6 of VH1/Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.

As lead singer for the band Hypnogaja, ShyBoy received a Hollywood Music In Media Award for Best Male Vocal for his performance of the Donna Summer hit “On The Radio.” He toured with Hypnogaja throughout Canada and the U.S. (including SXSW in Austin, Texas), garnering a following of over one million people on Twitter along the way. ShyBoy co-wrote/produced numerous recordings with Hypnogaja, including the concept LP Truth Decay (rated 9 out of 10 stars by Outburn magazine, which described it as “an expertly crafted album”). ShyBoy’s vocal from the Truth Decay track “Welcome to the Future” was remixed by DJs Kristina Sky, Randy Boyer, Darude, Menno de Jong and numerous others, and released in two digital single packages on the EnMass Music label. The song was world-premiered on BBC Radio 1 by DJ Judge Jules.

Edited by hypnogaja on 19 May 2014, 01:24

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