Eryn Shewell

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Eryn Shewell
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Eryn Shewell performing at the Asbury Park Music Awards ceremony at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, New Jersey, in 2007
Background information
Born (1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 34)
Washington, D.C., United States[1]
Origin Jackson, New Jersey, United States
Genres R&B, jazz, soul, blues
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist and vocalist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Rewbie Music LLC, Therewolf Records
Website http://www.erynshewell.com/fr_home.cfm

Eryn Shewell (born June 26, 1984) is an American self-taught[2] jazz and blues guitarist and vocalist from Jackson, New Jersey,[3] whose influences range from Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, Eva Cassidy, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Al Green through Bobby Blue Bland.[4] A BELK southern musician showcase winner, an 18 time Asbury Park Music Award Nominee and 3-time winner, has developed a reputation as one of the premier up and coming voices on the scene today. Eryn has performed her unique blend of blues rooted americana infused with a taste of years gone by all over the east coast and beyond. Known as the Jewel of New Jersey Eryn's incredible vocals have the capability to give even the most hardened critic chills. She has recorded and shared the stage with artists such as Gregg Allman, Don McClean, Gin Blossoms, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Little River Band, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Marsha Ball, Eric Lindell, Sonny Landreth, Steve Ferrone, Bernard Purdy, and many more.[5] Shewell's parents were both singers and her grandfather is a bluegrass musician.[2] She has been performing since she was ten years old. By the age of thirteen, she was singing for country band Sundance, which she continued to do for ten years.[2] She has also been a backing vocalist for Jody Joseph and the Average Joes of Asbury Park, New Jersey, and recorded vocals for Soul Project's Cristian Duque and Walter "Wolfman" Washington

Early life[edit]

Eryn Shewell was born on June 26, 1984 in Washington D.C. to a family of Dutch, German, and English ancestry. She is the daughter of Larry Shewell of Takoma Park, MD and Dawn Jennings of Freehold, NJ. Granddaughter to William and Martha Shewell on her fathers side and William and Jane Jennings on her mothers side. Her paternal grandfather, William Shewell, was an artist for the US Navy as well as a police officer in Maryland. Her Maternal grandfather, William Jennings was a multi-instrumentalist and introduced Eryn to the guitar at a young age. Eryn has two siblings, a brother, William Shewell and a sister, Jordan VanArsdale.

In 1989 Shewell's parents divorced and she moved with her mother to New Jersey. She traveled back and forth from New Jersey to Maryland till her father finally moved to New Jersey in 1992. The family settled in Jackson, NJ. Where Shewell went to high school and graduated in 2002.

Personal life[edit]

Shewell was married May 27, 2003 to William Schneider shortly after she graduated high school. They have one child named Emily Schneider. Feeling pressure to return to the music business after Emily was born. Shewell separated from the marriage in early 2004.

Shewell is now currently married to guitarist Matt O'Ree who played rhythm guitar for Bon Jovi's Bon Jovi Live tour throughout South East Asia for 3 weeks.[6][7][8]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Shewell grew up around music and learned how to sing from her grandfather, mother, and her aunts Lori Jennings and Deana Jennings. Eryn received her first guitar as a gift at age 13 from her father. Who was so influenced by Eryn musically that he became a local singer as well.[9] As a young child Eryn would watch her aunt Lori's country band Sundance and eventually became a permanent member at age 14.

Eryn studied music theory and voice at Jackson Memorial High School in Jackson, New Jersey. She was a member of the Ensemble Choir and the All-State Chorus. During her high school years Eryn started honing her song-writing skills with the guidance of Jody Joseph, She then joined Jody's band as her back up vocalist for a few years. Meanwhile, continuing to sing with Sundance.

After high school Eryn joined the New Orleans funk band The Soul Project and began traveling to New Orleans on a regular basis. Here she met well known New Orleans artist Walter "Wolfman" Washington. He took a liking to Shewell and asked her frequently to perform with him as well as record backing vocals on one of his latest album releases.

Recent years[edit]

Shewell started the Eryn Shewell Band in 2006. Performances often featured nine pieces, including a horn section. Shewell has been nominated for numerous Asbury Park Music Awards.[2] In 2009, Shewell was the recipient of the Asbury Park Music Award for Top Female Vocalist .[2][4] In 2011, she was again named Top Female Vocalist, and her band (The Eryn Shewell Band) was named the Top Blues Band.[10] Shewell has also received many songwriting accolades including BillBoard world song competition.

During 2011, Shewell and her guitarist Patty "Slidell" Ruh co-wrote and produced an album for their student Lily Ann Riche at Trax East in South River, NJ.

Throughout 2011 and 2012 Shewell began a collaboration with singer/songwriter Alice Leon. Shewell co-wrote and recorded lead and backing vocals on Alice Leon's release "It's All Making Sense".

On June 24, 2012, Shewell and her guitarist Patty "Slidell" Ruh released an acoustic EP called "Children At Play" with all cover songs in an effort to help raise money for their next full length original album. It includes songs like Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" and The Beatles "Oh Darling.

In 2013, Shewell announced her new trimmed down band Eryn Shewell & The Whiskey Devils featuring guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. At the same time released her self titled 4th album.

In 2015, Shewell won the Belk Southern Musician Showcase award in the blues category helping launch her career to another level. Winning this award gave Shewell opportunities to perform at Belk sponsored events and national music festivals throughout the South.[11]

In December 2015 Shewell signed her first record contract to Therewolf Records.

On September 11th, 2016 Eryn and her husabnd Matt O'Ree were inducted into the NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame.[12]

Awards[edit]

2009 Semi-Finalist - Songwars Songwriting Competition,

2009 Top Ten Finalist - 100% Music Songwriting Competition.

2009 Honorable Mention - Gary Allen Music City Song Competition,

2009 Honorable Mention - BillBoard World Song Competition,

2009 Asbury Music Award Top Female Vocalist,

2009 International Blues Competition – Regional Finalist,

2010 International Blues Competition - Regional Finalist,

2011 Asbury Music Award Top Female Vocalist,

2011 Asbury Music Award Top Blues Band

2015 BELK Southern Musician Showcase

2016 NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame

Discography[edit]

  • Window Pane (2008, September 9). Rewbie Music LLC
  • 4th And Broadway (2009, December 19). Rewbie Music LLC
  • Children at Play (2012, June 24). Rewbie Music LLC
  • Eryn Shewell (2013, June 2). Rewbie Music LLC
  • "You Angel You" Single on "DYLAN:Philadelphia pays tribute to a legend" 2012
  • It's All Making Sense (2013, Feb) Alice Leon's 2013 release.
  • A Day Like This (2012, June) Lily Ann Riche's debut release
  • "Santa Baby" (2015, November) Belk Commercial
  • Brotherhood (2016, November) Matt O'Ree Band, Therewolf Records
  • Pantyhose (2017, January) Kristin Rose Kelly debut release.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the artists - Eryn Shewell". Robins Nest Rhythm and Blues. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Dowd, Craig (2010, September 2). Eryn Shewell: This is Only the Beginning DOWN.BY.LAW, triCityNews. Retrieved on September 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "Eryn Shewell | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  4. ^ a b Pfeiffer, John (2010, April 15). Shoreworld: Eryn Shewell, 4th And Broadway and Robin Suhoskey The Aquarian. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  5. ^ "Home". Erynshewell.com. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Bon Jovi Selects Matt O'Ree As New Guitarist ~ VVN Music". www.vintagevinylnews.com. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154062445116725&set=a.10154062422386725.1073741963.611481724&type=3&theater
  8. ^ http://www.app.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/12/25/rockers-christmas-proposal-wonder-bar-stage/95838056/
  9. ^ "Home Page for Larry Shewell". Larryshewell.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  10. ^ Mikle, Jean (2011, November 14). Music Awards In Brief. The Rhythm Room, Asbury Park Press. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  11. ^ "BELK". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  12. ^ http://www.newjerseystage.com/articles/getarticle.php?titlelink=eryn-shewell-and-matt-oree-inducted-into-nynj-blues-hall-of-fame