Ryan Shaw sings “Evermore” from his 2012 album Real Love
We’re pleased to present Ryan Shaw, a recent addition to the cast of tonight’s sold-out 80th Birthday Celebration of Songwriter Mike Stoller and his partnership with lyricist Jerry Leiber, which produced such iconic songs like “Jailhouse Rock,” On Broadway, “Love Potion #9” and “Is That All There Is?”
This weekend Ryan just received his third Grammy nomination, Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Yesterday” in his new CD, Real Love, as well as a collective nomination for Best Cast Album for Motown: The Musical. To introduce Ryan, we asked him our “Stoller Q&A.”
What’s your favorite Leiber and Stoller song?
“I Who Have Nothing.” It was my first audition song in New York. It was my second day in New York City on my own, and I had an audition for Smokey Joe’s Cafe. I did my best to recreate Victor Cook’s rendition—and I received a standing ovation from the panel. But the problem came in the dance callback…yikes!
What other artists would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet?
I would love to perform with Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder (who I now play on Broadway in Motown: The Musical).