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""Listen to the Rythm of Shytown"" - Starshine Magazine

"Shytown nominated for TWO awards!"


"Know Them Before They’re Famous: Shytown"

By: Katie O’Halloran, Guest Writer

You don’t often hear of a group that goes from busking in the streets of Santa Monica to opening for Demi Lovato at Winterfest, to being featured in the pilot episode of Suge Knight’s new show “Unfinished Business” (a Dick Clark Production), and finally to being nominated for two StarShine Magazine Music Awards in less than one year after forming. This, however, was precisely the case with up-and-coming acoustic/pop/hip-hip duo Shytown.

Consisting of Chicago-natives Eric Johnson and Danny Jacobson, Shytown’s members had experienced a notable amount of solo success prior to forming the group; among other feats, both received significant commercial and college airplay, and Danny had opened for The Roots at Indiana University. However, it was when they were introduced to each other by the music director of one of the nation’s largest radio stations, WBBM, and began working together as a team that things really started to heat up.

After joining forces, the pair was given the opportunity to perform at Chicago’s B96 Pepsi Summer Bash, an event at which artists like Rihanna, Gym Class Heroes, Akon, Ne-Yo, and T-Pain also performed. Eric then rode this momentum to Los Angeles to work with several California-based producers and, while there, met Sean Kingston. The two collaborated together and wrote what would become Kingston’s song “Shorty Got Back” (produced by Danny), which went on to receive commercial airplay in several major markets. Soon after, Eric was contacted by HOT 105.5 FM and was asked to open for Soulja Boy; he did so in front of 5,000 + people at the US Cellular Coliseum. Danny, who was still in Chicago, decided to join Eric in L.A. so they could work more closely together. Their music began to take an increasingly acoustic-based direction, and they formed a new group dubbed Shytown. After adding a third member, Tarah New, and performing with a live band in the early months following its formation, Shytown has since reverted back to the duo of founding members Eric and Danny as Tarah is now pursuing a solo career.

The group recently shot its first music video, which can be viewed on their MySpace page, for the song “Back in the Day.” Currently, Shytown is in the studio working on its debut album. If early demos “Angel” and “In Love” are any indication, we can expect the 2010 release to be chock-full of summery, hook-driven catchiness. However, the recording process has also seen Eric and Danny work with Laze & Royal, a buzzing production team signed to Warner Bros. Records by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. This alliance has brought an even more polished, popish element to their forthcoming material as they strive to launch Shytown into the competitive Top 40 market. Keep an eye on the group’s MySpace page for specifics on the release date, a new batch of songs including the soon-to-be-released “Call You,” and another music video in the new year. If you’re in Southern California, you can also catch Shytown performing regularly at Universal CityWalk Hollywood over the next few months.

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Two albums written but still working on the debut album.



Brought together in 2004 by the music director of top 40 station WBBM B96 in Chicago, rapper Eric Jay and singer/songwriter and producer Danny Jay have been working together ever since. Since then, they have consistently played together and began recording in studios all over Chicago. DJ�s began playing their hits in all the hotspots of Chicago. In 2007 they were given the opportunity to open the Pepsi Summer B-Bash which headlined artists such as Hilary Duff, Gym Class Heroes, Akon, Ne-Yo and T-Pain. Soon after, Eric packed up and moved to Hollywood. It was there that he met an up and coming singer, Sean Kingston. The two formed a close relationship and wrote and recorded a hot new song "Shorty Got Back� featuring Kingston, Eric Jay & Francisco. With Kingston�s increasing notoriety, the song became a hit and was posted by hundreds of fans on myspace, YouTube, and even A-Z lyric websites. An anonymous fan created a YouTube �music� video for the song that has been viewed by over a million people. Still working together but from different cities, the duo realized their fan base was growing and wanted to continue their growth. In April of 2008 Danny decided to join Eric in Hollywood. After months of writing and performing Eric�s solo material, the two decided to venture into a completely different sound. Because of Danny�s multiple talents producing, singing, and playing the guitar the duo decided to switch their style to an acoustic feel mixed with Eric's rap vocals. They are now working with producers Laze and Royal and J. Danielz on their new Pop/Rap/Dance album. Look them up on and