Whitney Shay's 'A Woman Rules the World' Album Release Show

with The Sleepwalkers

Whitney Shay's 'A Woman Rules the World' Album Release Show

Sun Sep 16

Whitney Shay's 'A Woman Rules the World' Album Release Show

with The Sleepwalkers

Doors: 6:00 pm
Start: 7:00 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only

The 2-time winner of the San Diego Music Award for "Best Blues", has been hailed as "one of San Diego’s most electrifying artists, with a sassy, brassy stage presence that makes her one of the area’s top performers to watch."

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Genre: blues / jazz / soul

Ticket Price: $18 advanced / $20 day of show / $32 reserved loft seating


Whitney Shay

A two-time San Diego Music Award winner for Best Blues Artist, vivacious young vocal phenom Whitney Shay sings with a commanding authority that's usually associated with artists twice her age. No less an authority than soul legend Candi Staton called Shay "one heck of a singer" and asserted "She really has heart." The Beach and Bay Press further stated, "Shay is one of San Diego’s most electrifying artists, with a sassy, brassy stage presence that makes her one of the area's top performers to watch."

The excitement that Shay is currently generating, through her live performances and her new album A Woman Rules the World, has its roots in the artist's lifelong love for music and performance. After witnessing a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of three, she immediately joined a theatre company upon returning home. She's been performing ever since. In 2009, Shay made the leap from performing in theatrical productions to fronting a band and belting blues, jazz and swing material. By then, she'd developed a singularly powerful voice and a riveting stage presence. Those assets have won her an enthusiastic audience on her home turf, where she performs more than 200 shows per year.

Shay’s talent and charisma are on display throughout A Woman Rules the World, her first new album in six years and her first to showcase her original songwriting. The album is a smart mix of original tunes and covers of classics by the likes of Little Richard and Dinah Washington, with a compelling undercurrent of female empowerment.

“The album mirrors my journey, and this year it really seems like a lot of things are coming to fruition with the women’s rights movement,” says Shay. “It really resonates right now, because people are sick of the status quo.”

In addition to her popularity with club audiences, Shay has also become a welcome presence at West Coast music festivals, including the Doheny Blues Festival, the Gator by the Bay Festival, the San Diego Blues Festival and the San Diego Music Awards. She's toured internationally, including many acclaimed visits to Brazil. Her music has also been heard in numerous films and commercials, as well as on the NBC TV show Timeless.

The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers (aka Los Sleepwalkers), are a San Diego based band that specializes in original music, with styles ranging from Rockabilly, Cumbias, and their own brand of down-home Rock & Roll. They are known for their lively and high energy performances that pack in live music venues throughout Southern California.

Since their inception, they've played with top National artists & legends such as Link Wray, Ronnie Dawson, Sleepy Labeef, Charlie Ryan, The Texas Tornados (3 times by their request), The Blasters, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Delta Bombers, Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, Kid Ramos, The Beat Farmers, Freddy Fender, The Rev. Horton Heat, The Supersuckers, BR5-49, The Blazers, The Paladins, Johnny Legend, Rosie Flores, Graham Parker, El Vez, The Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mighty Blue Kings, Ray Condo, Harry Dean Statton (and many more), with 6 nominations for Best Americana/Roots band by the San Diego Music Awards.

The Sleepwalkers latest cd Is called "Roots Rockin with The Sleepwalkers, and consists of mostly original songs written by the band. It continues their tradition of mixing original Rockabilly, Country, Cumbia and even some Surf into the mix. The result is "Puro Sleepwalkers... Puro Parti!

Los Sleepwalkers say their music comes from "El corazon" with much luv.

Arriba la musica y arriba Los Sleepwalkers!

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