In 2002, Winnepeg singer Remy Shand released his debut album "The Way I Feel" on Motown's label and garnered critical acclaim, went Gold in the US and garnered 4 Grammy nominations. The album was incredible, and the fact that he wrote, produced, engineered, arranged it and performed all the instruments only added to the impressive nature of the so-called blue eyed soul singer.
Then, despite the fact that the official website at remyshand.ca stated he was working on his followup album, that album never came and Remy just vanished from the public eye. And I don't mean vanished in the sense of "oh yeah, he doesn't record anymore, and he's raising a family in the adirondacks and there are sightings every now and again", this is a situation of someone seemingly vanishing off the face of the earth.
No sightings, no statements, no nothing. The official domain now redirects to Motown's main label page, and aside from rumors and speculation about a problem with his marriage that could have contributed to his stepping away, there's been nothing.
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And unlike other artists such as D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill and Maxwell who stepped away from the spotlight for a lengthy amount of time, this is different in several respects. First of all, for the most part we still heard from those people. They either showed up on a random guest appearance on an album, or they were spotted out and about at a premiere, or in the case of D'angelo there were legal issues.
Another difference is that those three had a good amount of music that they had contributed to the music loving audience. D'angelo had two studio albums, and a slew of guest spots with artists like Roy Hargrove, Common and The Roots. Plus a lot of live bootlegs that are out in the tape trading community. Lauryn had one solo album, but also a few albums with the hip hop collective The Fugees, as well as guest spots including one with D'Angelo. She also put out an MTV Unplugged before her sabbatical.
Maxwell had three albums and an MTV unplugged as well. All of those artists, left the game with a good deal of music to listen to so if, God forbid, they never recorded again, you would have a small catalog of music to enjoy.
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And that's it, that's all. He releases a multiple Grammy nominated album that got criticall acclaim, and then just vanishes. It's the most inexplicable thing I've ever seen. I mean when have you ever heard of an artist releasing a well received album and then just disappearing. No more music, no more appearances, no more word of your existence, just disappeared without a trace?
This has been such a surprise to many people that, on a post I did of Remy Shand last year it still to this day attracts a good deal of traffic from google with people typing in "What happened to Remy Shand?".
There's a twitter page and blog for Where's Remy Shand?, and a number of blogs such as Bama Loves Soul have posted various things wondering what happened to this man who is so talented and just left the scene without word. In fact the only things we seem to know about his life since then is the sad fact that his mother passed away in 2010 from cancer.
So, the question remains. What the hell happened to Remy Shand? How could someone put out a really solid album like "The Way I Feel", get numerous industry accolades, and then just disappear without anyone knowing anything about him? That defies all things that we would imagine to be true.
Particularly in this day and age of social media and cell phone cameras and whatnot. You would think that someone would have seen him or heard from him.
Well, here's hoping he is alright, wherever he is, and while I'd love to hear more music from the guy, I suppose that's not our say. We may get to that point where we feel the artist owes us music, but in reality they are people just like us and sometimes life gets in the way, and sometimes life changes and priorities change.
Wherever you are, Remy, I hope you're happy and content.
Below is arguably his best song, and his lead single called "Take A Message". Enjoy, folks.