Remy Shand

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Remy Shand
Born 1978
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres R&B, neo soul
Years active 2001-present
Labels Motown, Universal Music

Remy David Shand[1] (born 1978) is a Canadian R&B/soul singer, who released his debut album, The Way I Feel, on Motown Records in 2002.

Early life[edit]

Shand was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Doug and Lana Shand. His father was of Scottish/English descent and his mother was of Italian descent. By the age of 12, Shand had learned to play the guitar and acoustic bass. While many people during the 1980s and 1990s were influenced by early hip hop and pop, his father was into soul. According to Shand, his father influenced and exposed Shand to R&B/soul acts including Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

During his home schooling in Winnipeg, he listened to his parents' R&B, blues and soul albums, spending a lot of time in his basement sampling retro music. Shand's love of funk music made him an outcast. His parents encouraged him to earn his GED, and to work on his music as a project. He also attended Garden City Collegiate for his Grade 11 year of studies.

Music career and The Way I Feel[edit]

At the age of 19, Shand sent a demo tape to Steve Warden. Warden then became his manager and helped to find Shand a prominent record deal. Two different labels gave Shand offers for a recording deal but he turned down the offer. Fortunately Universal Music Canada had signed Shand to a record deal with Motown Records in the United States.

Album cover

Shand began recording and mixing his debut album, The Way I Feel, during the spring of 2001 at his home in Winnipeg, performing and recording the tracks for vocals and every instrument on the album. The album features songs such as "The Colour of the Day" and "I Met Your Mercy", examples of his particular style. Shand was quoted as saying the track "Everlasting" was the blueprint towards the content of The Way I Feel, as it was the oldest track on the album, recorded in 1998.

The Way I Feel was released on March 12, 2002, and Shand won a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording at the 2003 Juno Awards. The album was successful in Canada and sold roughly 250,000 of its 750,000 copies in the United States. Shand received four Grammy nominations for his work.

In May 2013, a "Remy Records" page appeared on YouTube, with two new videos posted: WhereAreWeGoing? recorded in 2013, and Mark Gonzales, recorded in 1996.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Shand was married to Maiko Watson. They were divorced in August 2009.[3]

On March 4, 2010, Shand's mother Lana Shand died in Winnipeg, MB, after a brief battle with cancer.[4][5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN
[6]
U.S.
[6]
U.S.
R&B

[6]
The Way I Feel 1 39 15
Executive Decisions TBD

Singles[edit]

  • "Take a Message" (2002), Universal
  • "The Way I Feel" (2002), Universal
  • "Rocksteady" (2002), Universal
  • "Ripened and Consumed" (2002), Universal
  • "Where Are We Going" (2013), Remy Records
  • "The Best In Me" (2014), Remy Records
  • "Son Of Night" (2014), Remy Records
  • "Politicians" (2014), Remy Records

Awards and nominations[edit]

Juno Awards[citation needed]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2003 The Way I Feel Best R&B/Soul Recording Won

Grammy Awards[citation needed]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2003 The Way I Feel Best R&B Album Nominated
2003 "The Way I Feel" Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male Nominated
2003 "The Way I Feel" Best R&B Song Nominated
2003 "Rocksteady" Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Nominated

References[edit]

General[edit]

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