Shyan Selah

Shyan Selah

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandHip HopSoul

As an artist, Shyan Selah’s music is both unique and commercial. When his underground mixtape, Godd Game Volume Won, took over Seattle streets in the summer of 2006, Selah was quickly recognized as a “next level” emcee.

Biography

His freshman album, Brave New World, (www.bravenewworldalbum.com) was released through KOCH Entertainment throughout North America – (now E-1). Highlights of the album included songs like the club-bangin’ single “Concrete City,” which was featured on the One Love: Tru Ballin’ 2 DVD along exclusive footage of major NBA and NFL sports stars; and his first single, “Hollywood Blvd,” which went #1 on nationwide college radio and was featured on the CBS/Paramount drama, NUMB3RS. Other songs from Brave New World were licensed by television networks such as MTV and VH1.

A mix of hip hop, rock, R&B and soul, Brave New World was a new combination of sound for a new type of artist: one who can both rap and sing, one who’s both an entrepreneur and an activist - a musician raised in the tradition of Hollywood with a progressive edge. In both business and music Selah is a perfectionist and it is exemplified in the quality sound of Brave New World, which was recorded at the prestigious House of Blues Studios and touched by the most experienced hands of Master Mix Engineer Booker T. Jones III (Boyz II Men, Mary J. Bilge, Destiny’s Child) and Eddy Schreyer of Oasis Mastering (Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Will Smith, Akon).

A self described “Rebel with a Cause” Selah merged the prestige of the tried and true with the rawness of production talent that is brand new to the scene. He handpicked DJ Rocdusa and Joe Dancsak of Tha Trailz, Fred “Freddie Fingerz” Darden and Q. Dot who all brought their own blend of hard hitting beats, old school funk and soul, classic hip hop and edgy rock to Brave New World and immediately elevated the album to classic status by its originality alone.

Recently Selah has signed a label to label deal with Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group to release his sophomore album to the entire global market including 60 plus foreign markets.

Since the beginning Selah has pledged his work will go beyond his recording career. Being a firm believer in education, he has shown his dedication by creating alliances in the inner cities and in the community with the Pacific Northwest Black Chamber of Commerce and the Dr. Maxine Mimms Academy for Suspended and Expelled Youth in Tacoma, Washington. As an artist who strives to reach the youth, Selah has developed a cross-appeal that gives a refreshing point of view of the often-misunderstood art form of hip-hop. He has been on the speaking circuit for years, working with various high schools and colleges around the nation; and he has combined his business savvy with his artistic talents to create a performance workshop that students can relate to and professors can understand. Selah’s ability to communicate to educators and students alike reached a high point when his curriculum on the “Theory of Hip-Hop” was accepted as a course study at Evergreen State College in Washington State.

In September 2008 Selah initiated a partnership between BNW and the Southwest Boys & Girls Club of King County, where he regularly performs and mentors club members. That same year he created the “Stay in sChOOL” tour which was started in Western Washington and has since branched out to include all of the West Coast. He is currently making plans to expand the tour, which is a mixture of motivational speech, music and dance for at-risk youth, across the country. His efforts to fuse entertainment with higher learning in creating a positive message for today's youth caught the eye of Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run DMC who's praised Shyan for incorporating hip hop with education.

Selah was able to mix his love of music and community advocacy further in March 2007 when he joined the board of The Jimi Hendrix Foundation in Renton, WA.

As a representative for the Hendrix Foundation, Selah and Brave New World, Inc were given the mandate to rebrand Jimi Hendrix to the world and introduce the man behind the rock and roll legend. In doing so Selah has negotiated deals with companies such as Friend or Foe and Barneys New York that introduced a newer and bolder image of Hendrix into the marketplace. In addition he is the driving force behind The Foundation, a series of tribute records currently in production featuring original music produced with the essence of Hendrix’s unique creativity and performed by today’s top artists.

In late 2008 Selah left the Jimi Hendrix Foundation but continues his work with the Hendrix name by partnering with Liquid Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix where he has pledged to foster community outreach through music /art workshops and other meaningful social programs.

The programs are further supported by Selah’s foundation, The Brave Foundation – which acts as a full philanthropic arm to Brave New World, Inc. The foundation’s purpose is to inspire health, wealth, and success to at-risk youth by using a fusion of arts, music, and business to re-energize students about the importance of education, thereby allowing them to build confidence and further solidi

Set List

Concrete City - Single
Godd Game Volume Won - Mixtape
Brave New World, the Album - LP (Brave New World Records/Highpowered/Koch Entertainment)