"Shynes has the rare ability to blend shades of every genre over an acoustic landscape, and his voice has a depth rarely paired with such mainstream appeal. Having performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City over the past year, he is a talent to watch in the years to come. Vastly emerging from his humble beginnings as a Singer/Songwriter in a small central Minnesota town, he has recently opened up for National recording artists Howie Day, Eric Hutchinson, and Tyler Hilton. All the while Shynes continues to independently write and produce his own albums, and maintain the down to earth nature that allows him to appreciate every facet of the musical journey."
"Obsessed. I am Obsessed." -Jennifer Lyneis President of UE3 Promotions
"Musically, I'm in love. His light, accessible, passionate sound is one that had me hitting the repeat button on one song for almost an hour." -Rebecca Cicione A & R Columbia Records
"The rising star creates an intimate environment through his music." -Diana Bonilla of the LA Examiner
"If you're looking for a new artist to get hooked on, Michael Shynes has got you covered."
"He may be one of the most talented people I've ever met. The guy just keeps getting better and better."
"Shynes has worked to maintain a unified intimacy in his lyrical content, while expanding the dynamic nature of his sound. The result is original songs that are easy to relate to, and have legitimate staying power."
"Songs like these are why being a music head in Minnesota is so wonderful." -Michelle Los Minneapolis Examiner
"While growing up in a small town in central Minnesota, music played only a small role in the life of singer/songwriter Michael Shynes. "I can't say that it was my first love, but I am honestly glad that it wasn't. I found it when I was drawn to it, and that's the best and most natural way for anything to take place." So what then, led to the musical transformation? Although I was expecting an elaborate and lengthy response, his answer was simply, "A black garbage bag." Shynes then explains.
"When we would take trips up north to visit family on weekends, I would venture around the house in search of things that my uncles had left behind. And on a trip I found this bag full of old cassette tapes. So I began throwing them in the stereo one after another. U2, Journey, The Police, Don Henley." Shynes then pauses to reflect. "And it wasn't necessarily a feeling like I had to go out that instant to buy a guitar and start writing music. It was more of a fascination with the fact that every track had the potential to alter my mood or take me to another place." In terms of his own beginnings, Shynes utilized what was available.
After several years of writing and performing with various bands and projects, Shynes began to sense a dissonance growing inside of him. "For me it has never been about just having a good time. I try to get into that head space I can never stay for long." Another long pause to gather perspective. "It is simply my life. Its what keeps me up at night and wakes me up early in the morning." When I appear discerning of his statement, Shynes simply laughs and says "I can't help it."
So far, that unrelenting passion has enabled him to accomplish some truly noteworthy feats. In his brief tenure as a songwriter, Shynes has performed on some of the most recognizable stages in the Midwest (The Dakota Jazz Club, The Excel Energy Center, The Taste of Minnesota Mainstage, and Mississippi Music Fest to name a few). He has also shared the stage with countless National acts such as Howie Day, Eric Hutchinson, Tyler Hilton, Connie Lim, Caleb Hawley, Jenn Bostic, and Soul Asylum.
Listing these accolades off to him one after another, he seems unmoved by the content. "If I was satisfied I would have stopped by now, but I feel like I'm just getting started.
As for what the future holds for the gifted singer/songwriter, his outlook is simple. "Its not as much about looking ahead as it is about savoring every moment. If you're out there playing a show with your next show in mind, you are missing the opportunity to reach people." When I asked him how, he goes about reaching an audience, his answer was quite provocative. "You have to reach yourself first, and then assume that as humans we are all fighting the same battles." Shynes believes that if he is able to do that, that success ultimately follow. I, for one, will not be betting against him."
-Tyler Evans RX Magazine