Jason Arnold, known by his stage name ShyBoy, is an American singer-songwriter, producer and DJ/mashup artist.
Music written and performed by ShyBoy has been featured in television shows, films, and video games including SyFy's Warehouse 13, CW's America's Next Top Model, Capcom's multi-platinum game Devil May Cry 4, and in numerous programs on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, MTV, and HBO. He's performed on stages in Europe and North America, including a headliner slot at the Carmel Art and Film Festival (at the Pacific Repertory Theatre's Golden Bough Playhouse), a series of shows at the CBGB Festival in NYC, and multiple residency dates at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles. ShyBoy 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.
ShyBoy's debut solo LP Water on Mars was released in October 2013. Produced by Arnold and Mark Nubar, the album features co-writes with songwriters such as Allee Willis, David Batteau, Ivo Moring, Wendy Waldman and others. The songs "Bird in Flight" and "Wouldn't It Be Good" were released as singles, both with videos directed by filmmaker Michael Bodie and produced by Loretta Ramos. The Huffington Post's review of Water on Mars described the album as one that "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." The Monterey County Weekly described 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." Coinciding with the release of Water on Mars, the HLN news series Raising America with Kyra Phillips selected one of the album's tracks - "When I Close My Eyes" - as the show's theme song.
In July 2014, ShyBoy released The Interstellar Travel Companion Mixtape, containing a collection of mashups, remixes and original material. On October 1, 2014, ShyBoy's second full-length LP, Lost in Space, was released. The recording features collaborations with Emmy Award-nominated lyricist Amy Powers, German electronic music composer/DJ robot koch, Emmy Award-winning composer Jim Dooley, television writer/producer Bryan Fuller and more. The collection also contains a cover of the Donna Summer classic "She Works Hard For The Money."
ShyBoy released three EPs and a mixtape in 2015, starting in January with the Daisy Pusher EP, which contains "Haven't Heard This Song In Forever," featured on ABC's Super Fun Night. The next EP, Zero Gravity, was released in early October 2015 and contains remixes by The Beta Machine and Nubar Brooks. It also features an acoustic version of "Zero Gravity (Lost in Space)," recorded live at Wendy Waldman's Longhouse. The recording was engineered by Rob Hoffman and produced by Mark Nubar & Jeffrey Hoeppner, with ShyBoy on vocals and effects, Nubar on George Winston's grand Steinway piano, Hoeppner on keyboards and Angela Momiyama on acoustic guitar. Released simultaneously on October 30, 2015, The Murder Mixtape and The Murder Ballads EP contain songs from classic thriller, suspense and horror films, including covers of "Love Theme From Eyes Of Laura Mars (Prisoner)" (originally recorded by Barbra Streisand), "(Theme From) Happy Birthday To Me" (originally recorded by Syreeta), and "Theme From (Midnight Express)" (originally recorded by Giorgio Moroder and Chris Bennett).
As lead singer for the band Hypnogaja, ShyBoy received a Hollywood Music In Media Award for Best Male Vocalist and toured with the band throughout Canada and the U.S. He 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 released on the EnMass Music label. The song's world premiere was on BBC Radio 1 by DJ Judge Jules.
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 DNA Lounge in San Francisco. He was nominated for Best DJ in the 2014 and 2015 Best of LA Weekly Awards. Under the DJ ShyBoy moniker, he has produced numerous mashup mixtapes and 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.
CNN featured ShyBoy's music several times in 2015. In April 2015, the song "Water on Mars" was used during a special news report on Mars water discovery; in June 2015, the network featured his song "Bird in Flight" during a story about the 50th anniversary of the first spacewalk by NASA astronauts; and in September 2015, "Water on Mars" was featured twice during the debut of the network's LA Newsroom show, in a special report on NASA's definitive discovery of flowing water on Mars.
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