Interview with Three-time Grammy Nominee RYAN SHAW

Three-time Grammy nominee RYAN SHAW on his upcoming concert ‘Aretha: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul’ with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as well as his critically acclaimed performance as Judas in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar and the soon to be released new song “Strong Men Can” co-written by Valerie Simpson. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra begins 2020 with two performances of ‘Aretha: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul’ on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2 & 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Theater. Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased online at, by calling 407.770.0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

Ryan Shaw is a three-time GRAMMY nominated artist. He recently appeared as Judas at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the U.S. premiere of the critically-acclaimed London/Regent’s Park’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which won the Olivier for Best Musical Revival. He has starred as the original Stevie Wonder in Motown: The Musical on Broadway, and on London’s West End as the Soul of Michael Jackson in Thriller Live.

As a recording artist, Ryan has released three solo GRAMMY-nominated projects: 2008’s This is Ryan Shaw on Columbia Records, 2011’s It Gets Better, and 2014’s Real Love on Dynotone Records. He has toured the world and shared the stage with such artists as Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, John Legend, B.B. King, Bruce Hornsby and Jill Scott, to name a few. On television, Ryan has been a guest artist on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen’s Really Big Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Martha Stewart Show. His music has been featured on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s Dancing with The Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lincoln Heights.

His music has also been featured in the films My Blueberry Nights and Bride Wars, as well as on the Sex and the City soundtrack. As a concert soloist, Ryan made his Radio City Music Hall debut at the Dream Concert benefit to build the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. His Carnegie Hall appearances include Elton John and Bernie Taupin Tribute, A Celebration of The African American Cultural Legacy, Curated by Jessye Norman, and a recent Nat King Cole centennial concert with the New York Pops. Ryan continues to be a return featured special guest with the Houston Symphony. His orchestral pops concert schedule also includes performing with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philly Pops, Colorado Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Helena Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and numerous others.

Ryan’s current solo project entitled, Imagining Marvin honors Marvin Gaye in his 80th birthday year by performing songs from the legendary artist with new original songs influenced by Marvin’s imitable style. Premiered live to a recent sold-out crowd in New York City, the show features the soon to-be-released new song, “Strong Men Can.” The song is co-written by Ryan and the iconic songwriter, Valerie Simpson, who, with her late partner Nick Ashford, wrote numerous hit songs for Marvin Gaye.


The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program,\ and sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. The Accommodations Sponsor is Comfort Suites Downtown Orlando.

Celebrating its 27th Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and is comprised of creative musicians and artists from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents the FAIRWINDS Classics Series and Pops Series at Bob Carr Theater and its Focus Series at The Plaza Live, a historic Central Florida venue. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to enrich and inspire the diverse communities of Central Florida through the transformative power of live music, and it presents more than 170 live concerts and impacts more than 70,000 children, youth and families annually through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, Notes in Your Neighborhood program, and free outdoor community concerts. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic will perform in Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020. Learn more at