Shay Dillon

Shay Dillon

 Nevada City, California, USA
BandBlues

Vintage Inspired Soul, Blues and R&B... Passion and Sophistication with a voice that grabs you immediately and makes you want to hear more. Shay Dillon will "Move You"

Biography

Shay Dillon is an Indie Artist like few others. Her latest CD released in September 2010 is titled "The Skin I'm In". It features 13 new songs that are destined to win many awards. Past awards have included being named:
2007 Best International Female R&B Artist (Toronto Online Music Awards)
2007 Best International R&B Album (Toronto Online Music Awards)
2006 Best International Female Artist (Musicaid)
Top 500 Billboard's Songwriting contest for 2007

Shay's earthy, raw mix of Blues, Soul and R&B and her effortless segues from sweet soulful sounds to a powerful earth shaking belt are evidence of the command Shay has over her craft. The songs Shay sings move you.

Her Debut Album Release "Through the Fire", has garnered several International awards, International airplay, licensing and several songs from the album have been included on various International and National compilation CD's.

There are multitudes of independent musicians vying for a niche in today's new music paradigm but Shay's unique sound and artistry pulls her above the noise to her own place in the world of Indie.

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Lyrics

People Say

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar


Mama say you better run for cover
Mama say you better save your soul
But somehow, I don’t believe what mama say

Papa say you better hide your money
Papa say you better watch your back
But somehow I don’t believe what papa say

I still believe a better day is comin
I still believe love will find a way
I don’t believe what papa say

People say this whole world’s gone crazy
People say this whole world’s gone mad
Somehow I don’t believe what people say

Some folks say there’s a dark cloud above us
Some folks say all they see is rain
Some folks say this world is ending
But I don’t believe what people say

I still believe a better day is comin
I still believe love will find a way
I don’t believe what people say

Holdin' On

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar

Here she comes again, Like a long lost friend
And you just stand there with open arms
She leads you a long with her same sad song
And you intently listen
Holdin’ on

When you gonna let her go
When you gonna to let her know
That you can’t keep holdin’ on
I’ve gotta let you know
If you can’t let her go
I can’t keep holdin’ on….holdin’ on

Here she comes again, is this something I can’t win
Am I holdin’ out, holdin’ on to something that’s not mine
Yeah you live and learn but I think it’s her turn
To stand in the shadows that I’ve grown to know….
Holdin’ on..

When you gonna let her go
When you gonna to let her know
That you can’t keep holdin’ on
I’ve gotta let you know
If you can’t let her go
I can’t keep holdin’ on….holdin’ on

You can’t recognize, you’ve gotta cut the ties
If I’m the one you want to hold onto
I won’t stand behind cuz she still on your mind
I guess loving me is not enough for you

When you gonna let her go
When you gonna to let her know
That you can’t keep holdin’ on
I’ve gotta let you know
If you can’t let her go
I can’t keep holdin’ on….holdin’ on

Slippin' Away

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar

This ain’t no free spin, better think of the mess you’re in
When you think of the tears I’ve cried, better set aside your pride
This ain’t no Jack and Jill, won’t fall down the hill,
can’t take that bitter pill, no

I told you day to day, better hear the words I say
My love just slips away

This ain’t no common ground, don’t matter what’s goin’ down
Don’t matter bout circumstance, what happens to hit you by chance
This ain’t no vacation trip, won’t go down with this ship,
Can’t shoot it from the hip, no, no, no, no

I told you day to day, better hear the words I say
My love’s just slips away
I told you day to day, better hear the words I say
My love’s just slips away
Slippin’ away

I told you day to day, better hear the words I say
My love’s just slips away

Don’t take advantage of the love I gave
But you sacrificed the love I gave
Don’t take advantage of the love I made
But you sacrificed the love I gave

I told you day to day, better hear the words I say
My love’s just slips away
I told you day to day, better hear the words I say
My love’s just slips away
Slippin’ away

Happy..Every Day

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar

I need you more just a little
Adore you more just a little
Love you more and more -
Love you more and more in every way

Hold me close a little longer
Lay here with me a little longer
Oh I feel our love growin’ stronger
I feel our love growin’ stronger in every way

You make me happy
You make me smile
You make me happy
Every day

I lift you up when you are fallin’
I’ll come runnin’ when you ‘re callin’
The only thing that I’m wantin’ is you
Oh every day

You make me happy
You make me smile
You make me happy
Every day

I lift you up when you are fallin’
I’ll come runnin’ when you ‘re callin’
You make me happy
You make me smile every day

You make me happy
You make me smile
You make me happy
Every day….you make me happy

Through the Fire

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

It’s too late to say goodbye
Way too early to hang your head and cry
So don’t you dare even try
To wipe the dream from your eyes
Breaking through the surface into the light
We all walk through the fire, Through the fire

Join in the melody
Of lonely souls in this burning sea
Something’s bound to set them free
Or drown them in their own misery
Beauty from the ashes, Life from the dust
We all walk through the fire, through the fire, (x3)
Water from the desert
Tears from the stone
We all walk alone

Through all the madness
The veils of sadness
We learn this is no place for the weak
Souls are burning, tender hearts learning

Beauty from the ashes
Life from the dust we
All walk through the fire

Come and lay by my side
Find a warm safe place to hide
Nothing can change the face you find
Except the course you choose to ride

Beauty from the ashes
Life from the dust we
All walk through the fire
Through the fire…

Breathing

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar


I had a dream that I was dreaming
I was breathing…or was that just a dream?
I was breathing

I had the strangest of feelings
I was reeling I was feeling
Who’s breath am I stealing
Well, I was breathing

I’ve seen stranger things, sentient beings , thinking machines, impotent kings
I’ve seen stranger things, bedroom lies, last ditch tries, smooth alibis
But I’m still breathing

In the presence of the king
A feast was set before me
What have I become?
I’m on my knees
Begging for the crumbs
But I was singing
Or were you singing to me?
Well I’m still breathing

I’ve seen stranger things, sentient beings , thinking machines, impotent kings
I’ve seen stranger things, bedroom lies, last ditch tries, smooth alibis
But I’m still breathing

Drink Instead

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar

Wake up ‘for the sun rises
Got to pay my dues
Slip on my stockings and my high heeled shoes
Put on my happy face
Pretend I like this place
But I can’t wait to leave out the door
And drink away what I’ve been working for

Scratch and claw my way through the day
The money I make
Doesn't cover the bills I need to pay
Can’t get a step ahead
Should keep my tired body in bed
But I think, I’ll just drink instead

I think I’ll drink, I think I’ll drink instead
No where to rest my weary head
Should have kept this tired body in bed
But I think, I’ll just drink Instead

I should do something with my life
I should buy a house,
Buy a car, become a wife
But I think, I’d rather drink instead

Pass me my brandy , pass me my gin
Hey bartender give me one more round again
So many problems I should think of in my head
But I think, I’ll just drink instead

Born Again

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar

I was born a butterfly
Blue skies, and wings to fly
But the rain came crashing down
Folded my wings, brought me to the ground

I was born a Captain's ship
Pushed from the shore, and set adrift
I couldn't navigate the waves
Brought me down to a watery grave

One day, One day I'll be born again
A pretty flower, brand new skin
One day I'll be born again

I was born a Baker's wife
Same damn thing every day of my life
You wake you rise, you go to bed
Keep your mouth shut, keep the children fed

I was born my Father's son
I grew up with the stories of the battles he'd won
I listened with bewildered eyes
Until he kissed my head and he said goodbye

One day, One day I'll be born again
A pretty flower, brand new skin
One day I'll be born again
One day, One day I'll be born again
Or am I stuck in this life I'm in
One day I'll be born again

Cinderella

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar

Waste away your life, Waiting for your Knight
To come and rescue you, and take you away
You know things will improve, when your prince finds you
And carries you off to his castle in the sky

He’ll wipe a way your tears, protect you from your fears
And somehow make it right , deep down inside
But you spend your days in dreams, unrealistic mystical things
Oh Cinderella, it’s time to open your eyes…

There is no knight, shining on his steed
There is no perfect man, that’s guaranteed
And you can make your wish for better days
And hope that your sweet prince will come and carry you away
But oh, Cinderella, You should know better…

You can’t blame yourself, on anybody else
It’s all up to you , how your story ends….

Waiting for another soul, to complete and make you whole
Oh for Mr. Right to change everything
But there is sweet release, when you find your peace
And ever after means so much more

There is no knight, shining on his steed
There is no perfect man, that’s guaranteed
And you can make your wish for better days
And hope that your sweet prince will come and carry you away
But oh, Cinderella, You should know better…

She's Just Beautiful

Written By: Shay Dillon

If I have to hear just one more time how beautiful she is
If I have to hear you declare your love
I swear to God I'm going to fall to pieces

I soothed your heart with my song
I healed your ears with my words of love
I helped you hold on
What has she done? She's just beautiful

If I have to watch the way you touch her face
The way you kiss her mouth, wish I could take her place
If I have to see the way you look into her eyes
I swear I'm going to scream "I hate you!'

I soothed your heart with my song
I healed your ears with my words of love
I helped you hold on
What has she done? She's just beautiful

You held my hand so tenderly
you told me I was your best thing
We laughed and talked about our lives
Somehow I thought you meant yours and mine

I soothed your heart with my song
I healed your ears with my words of love
I helped you hold on
What has she done? She's just beautiful
I soothed your heart with my song
I helped you hold on
What has she done? She's just beautiful
She's just beautiful
She's just beautiful

Roadside Cafe'

Written By: Shay Dillon & Paul Kraushaar

Roadside Café’, It’s your night on stage
It’s just karaoke night, but oh how you shine

Everybody knows ...that’s just the way it goes...
Another dream down the road

I knew a woman, been married most her life
All she wanted was to be a wife
She made his breakfast, made his bed and kept it warm
Just to wait each night for him to wander home

Everybody knows ...that’s just the way it goes...
Another dream down the road

Charlie owns the local bar, he always dreamed he’d be a football star
He still talks about his glory years, his winning touchdown his senior year

There’s an old man who sat at the corner store for years
And every time he talks his eyes well up with tears
He’s still thinking 'bout what could have been
Remember this, remember that, remember when

Everybody knows... that’s just the way it goes...
Another dream down the road

Cry

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

I gave up my own convictions
Just to serve your foolish pride

I Got a Song

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

I've got a song to remind me
If the memory can't find me
And if someone gets the story wrong
Well at least I got a song
I got a song

I gave you my best years,
I made you my home,
I even stripped my pretensions
And I bared you my soul

I gave you everything
Now I have nothing I can call my own
You gave me, can't talk right now
And I wait by the phone

I've got a song to remind me
If the memory can't find me
And if someone gets the story wrong
Well at least I got a song
I got a song

It's love I was after
And moments of peace
But you just weren't happy
Without having every little piece of me

So if the wind doesn't whisper
And I don't dig up your picture
And if fate doesn't take to long
I'll walk away from this free and strong

I've got a song to remind me
If the memory can't find me
And if someone gets the story wrong
Well at least I got a song
I got a song

Well I guess you think I should thank you
For being my inspiration
But don't give yourself too much credit
I'm singing about how easy I can forget it

I've got a song to remind me
If the memory can't find me
And if someone gets the story wrong
Well at least I got a song
I got a song

Carnival Ride

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

You're like, a silent movie
No words, no sound, no heart
I'm like running water
All emotion, all feeling, no house

You're like so many songs
You're like everything wrong
I'm like, so lost in this light
I'm like, nothing is right
Like a carnival ride

You're like smoke and ether
Vapid, waisted and gone
I'm like a child at Easter
Search for what you hide
Looking deep inside, still nothing, no

You're like so many songs
You're like everything wrong
I'm like the clouds in April
Castles in the sky
Dreams in my eyes
Fall to the side, like a carnival ride

You're like so many songs
You're like everything wrong
You're like so many songs
You're like everything wrong
Like a carnival ride

Mona Lisa and Me

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

He said he was a cowboy,
said he was an old soul...
Said he'd lived a million lives
Felt like he was growing old
Said he was leaving soon
Might not be home
A rolling stone, prefered to be alone

Said he he was a poet
said someday I'd understand
Why he left me standing in the rain
with outstretched hands
Said he's no good for me
But I was his masterpiece
A rolling stone
prefered to be alone

He blamed it on the Mona Lisa

I Am Regret

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

When I was young I had a plan
I'd take this world by storm and then I'd hold it in my hands
And I would never make the mistake
Of ever regretting one single choice I'd make

When I was young, I was strong but I was wrong
Haven't found my dream yet
And the future is set... I am regret...

When I was strong I always knew
I'd set my face like steele and blaze a path right on through
And I'd always have something up my sleeve
But I was young , I was naive

When I was strong, I was wrong , I was wrong
Haven't found my dream yet
And the future is set... I am regret...

Thought i could buy time
Thought it was all mine
Wish I could go back go back go back
Thought the world would stand still
Bend fate to my will
Wish I could go back go back go back

When I was young, I was strong but I was wrong
Haven't found my dream yet
And the future is set... I am regret...

Wish I could go back
I am regret
Wish I could go back
I am regret
Haven't found my dream yet
I am regret
Wish I could go back
I am regret

I May Be Found, The Ballad of Jett Durango

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

You can't bridle or control me
You can't tame, you can't own me
I won't bow down to your self proclaimed glory... no white flag
Upon my tongue

I've laid my road to vindication
That justifies my stance
Your destruction is no consolation
I still have this fire at my back

If the river don't run dry
God doesn't strike me down
If the Devil dust trail stops
this side of town... I may be found

Amazing Grace... how sweet the sound...
If there's redemption, I may be found
And if there's forgiveness,
There is no regret
I won't apologize, I won't lay down yet...

If the river don't run dry
God doesn't strike me down
If the Devil dust trail stops this side of town... I may be found

And if there's a prayer
for a wretch like me
I once was blind but now I see
I may be found

If the river don't run dry
God doesn't strike me down
If the Devil dust trail stops this side
Of town... I may be found

I May Be Found

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

You can't bridle or control me
You can't tame, you can't own me
I won't bow down to your self proclaimed glory
No white flag upon my tongue

I've layed my road to vindication
That justifies my stance
Your destruction is no consolation
I still have this fire at my back

If the river don't run dry
God doesn't strike me down
And the Devil dust trail stops this side of town
I may be found, I may be found

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
If there's redemption, I may be found
And if there's forgiveness, there is no regret
I won't apologize, I won't lay down yet

If the river don't run dry
God doesn't strike me down
And the Devil dust trail stops this side of town
I may be found, I may be found

And if there's a prayer for a wretch like me
I once was blind but now I see

If the river don't run dry
God doesn't strike me down
And the Devil dust trail stops this side of town
I may be found, I may be found

The Knowing

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

From the gutters of wastelands, hard hands and bad deals
The taste of lovin' and losin' on my heels
Dancin' in corners and buried in your battles fields

Delegated white trash, fatherless child
Dreaming in circles, walking through turnstiles
Just a step under, too low to climb over all the trials

You're not my Maker
You're words tie like knots but they can't bind me
Oh, you don't define me
With your notion of who I am, where I stand, where I'm going
Only God has the knowing

You can point, you can judge and laugh if you
You can cut me down, put me out just to elevate you
You can label me washed up, cuz I don't live the way that you do

You're not my Maker
You're words tie like knots but they can't bind me
Oh, you don't define me
With your notion of who I am, where I stand, where I'm going

I'm gonna rise up, walk tall, hold my head higher
Laugh louder, live stronger, run through the fire
Fly high, Dream bold, hold tight

You're not my Maker
You're words tie like knots but they can't bind me
Oh, you don't define me
With your notion of who I am, where I stand, where I'm going
Only God has the knowing
You're not my Maker
You're words tie like knots but they can't bind me
Oh, you don't define me
With your notion of who I am, where I stand, where I'm going
Only God has the knowing
Only God has the knowing

I Go

Written By: Shay Dillon and Paul Kraushaar

I'm a gypsy, I'm a rolling stone
No place under the sun that I call home
I never laid my roots down deep enough
To watch a tree grow
I never hung around long enough to know
The love that some know
I never let myself get backed into a corner
And cage my soul
cuz when the gyspy calls and the northwind blows
I go.... I go...
When the thunder rolls I go
I go... I go..
When the thunder rolls I go
I was born with the wind in my back pocket
leavin' in my veins
I never hung around for my hard lessons
Never liked growin' pains
I go.... I go...
When the thunder rolls I go
I go... I go..
When the thunder rolls I go
Watched my Momma handle more than she needs
Got a house full of kids that she can't feed
Got a dead beat drunkin husbands that she can't save
That's why I'm on my way... on my way
I go.... I go...
When the thunder rolls I go
I go... I go..
When the thunder rolls I go

Discography

September 15, 2010 Latest Release is: "The Skin I'm In"
November 01,2009
Holdin On~ One of 25 finalists for Music City Songwriting Competition and #1 on Noisehead in Country Genre

June 09 - #1 in Blues (People Say), #1 in R&B (Holdin' On) on Noisehead.com

June 09- video Holdin' On viewed 14,804 times on Promotemysong.com

2007 top 500 songs for Billboard Songwriting Contest

Shay one of five top vocalists on SingerUniverse.com July '08 for her single 'Carnival Ride'

"I've Got a Song" single, the song of the month June '08 on Tennesseeconcerts.com

Shay Dillon #3 Blues Artist on Indiecharts.com
6/08

Drink Instead #3, Happy Every Day#4, People Say #5 in Blues on the Indie-Music.com Charts 5/08

Happy Every Day #4, Drink Instead #7, Slippin' Away #11 in Blues on Mymusicstreamcharts.com

Slippin' Away has entered the Production - Mid Tempo Top 10 at Broadjam! 5/27/08

Slippin' Away has entered the Production - Mid Tempo Top 10 at Broadjam! 5/21/08

Slippin' Away has entered the R & B Top 10 at Broadjam! 5/20/08

Slippin' Away has entered the West Top 10 at Broadjam! 3/24/08

Slippin' Away has entered the California Top 10 at Broadjam! 3/20/08

Shay and Paul's version of 'Amazing Grace' released on Goodnight Kiss, 'Alternative Music, Songs of Christian Faith' 2008

"Holdin' On" included on MonsterVox Sampler CD, 2008

"I've Got a Song" Song of the month on TennesseeConcerts.com June 2008

"Carnival Ride" one of top 5 winners for Singer Universe July 2008

"Drink Instead" wins an honorable mention in the Jazz category for the WestCoast Songwriters Contest 2007

Shay's songs Holdin' On and Happy...Every Day selected to be included in the "Expose Your Muse" compilation cd for Midem 2008.

Shay featured on Comcast for "Profiles" Dec. 2007.

Shay Nominated for the 17th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards in the Category of Adult Contemporary/AAA Female Vocal for the song "Holdin' On" 11/06/07.

Shay Dillon Wins the Best International R&B Soul Album "Through the Fire" and Best International R&B Soul Female Artist through the 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards.

Slippin' Away has entered the Age 37-50 : 60-90 days ago Top 10 at Broadjam! 12/1/07

Shay Wins 3rd place in the Vision 4 Music International song Contest, 10/07.

Shay's Live Video Performance of Drink Instead to be included on American Video Sept. 2007

"Happy...Every Day" #2 on Garageband.com Blues Charts July- Aug 2007

"Slippin' Away" #9 on Indie-Music R&B charts 6/07/07.

"Happy Every Day" #10 and "Slippin' Away" #17 in R&B on Indie-Music Charts 6/04/07.

"People Say" #11 in Blues, "Slippin' Away" #15 in R&B on Indie-Music charts 5/26/07.

Rated #45 Artist on Artistopia.com 5/26/07.

"Happy Every Day #9 in Blues and #26 in Jazz on Garageband.com 5/26/07.

Shay's song "Holdin' On" receives an honorable mention in the 2006 International Narrative Song Competition.

The first cut on the album "Happy Every Day" receives an honorable mention in the Jazz category for the West Coast Songwriters competition 2007.

"Happy...Every Day" Included on Indie for Life Compilation CD May 2007.

Special Appearances for the week of May 11th on KVMR Radio FM.

Featured Artist on "Take 5" Comcast Channel 13

Featured on the Dr. Lou Radio Show with Elwood April, 2007.

Through the Fire LP (Official Debut Release)
March 15, 2007

2006 International Best Female Solo Artist Award
International Music Awards~ Music Aid

'Holdin' On' featured on 2006 Music Aid Compilation CD.

Shmusicmusic 2007 Compilation CD, first slot.

Research Music Compilation CD for 2007, second slot.

"Cry" on the first Internet Charts through iSound.com in the Blues category 5/20/07.

"Slippin' Away" is #2 on Midnight Special Blues Radio Daily Charts 3-11-07

"Slippin' Away" is number 1 on Idie-music.com R&B charts in January through the end of Feb. 2007.

"Holdin' On" reached number 1 on Moozikoo Radio Top 10 on Oct.28,2006.

Slippin' Away, People Say, Let Me Go, On Top 10 Modern Blues, R&B Funk, Alternative Pop charts on Broadjam.com for the week of Oct. 28, 2006.

People Say, on Top 10 Blues Chart for Garageband.com.

Set List

Originals "Through the Fire" ' The Skin I'm In'(Concert Set) , R&B classics