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Shane Alexander, with Ryan Koriya - 11 July 2008

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Shane Alexander:

In 2007 he performed for the biggest audiences of his career when he opened SEAL's U.S. tour, in addition to his own touring in the US, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium. Nearly all of the songs from the Stargazer album were licensed for television – exposing his songs to millions worldwide.

He has toured extensively in the States, and was asked to open two U.S. tours with JEWEL and one U.S./Canada tour with LISA MARIE PRESLEY – armed only with an acoustic guitar; he won over thousands of new fans night after night.

His latest album features drummer Charlie Paxson (James Blunt, Colin Hay), multi-instrumentalist Billy Mohler (Macy Gray, Liz Phair), and Kim Bullard (Goo Goo Dolls, Tori Amos) on Hammond organ.

"So who would open for Seal? An equally sincere purveyor of "nice" R&B? Not this time – and here is where the best surprise of the evening came, in the form of opener Shane Alexander. A pleasantly scruffy blonde, Alexander is a singer/songwriter in the most classic American sense. (Even his outfit was classic American: a pink retro western shirt and dark denim). While he plays with a full band in his hometown of L.A., as well as on his albums (which, by the way, are all self-released), he's performing solo on this tour, with only his guitar for protection. Not that he needs any shield. Alexander is one of the most empathetic, talented guys-with-guitars to come along lately, in a way that kicks aside subgenres in the tradition of the straightforward troubadour. He gets compared to Jeff Buckley a lot, for obvious reasons, but that's kind of lazy. Alexander's timbre is chestier and rootsier, and instead of sounding tormented he sounds hopeful."

"Americans love a modest underdog, and the audience was captive and quiet as Alexander went through his short, six-song set. For a guy alone in front of thousands of faces in theater seats, he was poised and engaged, hitting every picked guitar note, and every high, wailing "oooh" with ease. Peals of supporting applause issued forth randomly. It was like everyone wanted to hug this nice guy, and hoped all his dreams would come true. They most likely will." [recent review from the States]

Ryan Koriya is a British-Zimbabwean singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He released his hot new 2014 twin single Ghostrider on April the 20th. He hopes his self-produced dance/pop/rock track will be driving hearts and making heads bop across the globe. There is also an acoustic version (Deep-Space Edit) included. A busy 2013 saw Ryan tour independently in support of his début EP called London's Burning which took him to 10 countries over 4 continents where he sold out his physical CD stocks a few times. Ryan hopped on buses, trains and planes to sing in Australia, The USA, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Denmark with multiple tours occurring in The UK and The Netherlands.