Press for “Stand Up!”

American Blues Scene "Whether it’s raucous or wracked with pain, every note on ‘Stand Up!’ is real."

Americana Highways “An old school rhythm & blues showcase."

Blues Blast Magazine “This fine album is sure to figure on the ‘Best Of’ lists at the end of the year and comes strongly recommended!”

Blues Bytes “I said it before and I'll say it again --- Stand Up! is a step forward in the career of Whitney Shay. I look forward to hearing what's next for this exciting artist.”

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Elmore “Shay has again pushed the music bar aside to deliver an excellent, full-on rocking R&B album that packs a hefty punch.”

Glide “Shay has plenty of talent and is a tremendous live performer. Her star will continue to rise.”

Gonzookanagan “Stand Up is great stuff.”

Imperfect Fifth “This woman is a powerhouse, a freight-train, a force of nature, and just about any other metaphor for strength that you could dream up. Shay’s soul doesn’t
                               just shine through; it sparkles.”

Ink 19 “Whitney Shay’s time to shine definitely has arrived, and this album proves that she is a force to be reckoned with.”

​Midwest Record  “This high octane set lays the groundwork for Shay to be a belting superstar of tomorrow, killer stuff from a real killer diller.”

 Rhythm & Booze  "Stand Up, is big, bold, brassy hard rockin’ R’nB, hot enough to blister paint, and irresistible…sizzles hot in the pan of R’nB music, a lovely gumbo of songs
                                   with plenty of attitude, cooked up.”

 Rock & Blues Muse- “Stand Up!” summons everyone who hears Whitney Shay’s brand of rocket-fueled R&B onto the dance floor. You can’t mistake the soulful, powerhouse
                                       voice and the energy with which Shay brings it.”

San Diego Union Tribune - Feature

San Diego Citybeat - Cover Story

Soulbag- FR - ★★★★

Additional Press

“Call it destiny, call it good genes or whatever else, Shay is the epitome of a rising star.”  Elmore Magazine, Jim Hynes

“the voice of a future blues icon.”  BLUES MATTERS! (UK) #105, Stephen Harrison 

“Whitney Shay is what most people would refer to as a phenom.”  American Blues Scene, JD Nash

[Translated] "Let's just say she blew my socks off...Hurricane Shay left me breathless." Freddy Celis, Swing #32 

“the best singer of [her] generation I’ve ever heard...a young Etta James”  “Todo Seu” Brazilian TV Show, Host: Ronnie Von

"Whitney is one heck of a singer. She's really talented. She really has heart."  Candi Staton (Soul Music Legend & 4 Time Grammy Nominee)  

"Whitney Shay [sings] with the depth and mojo of a woman twice her age."  Dave Good, San Diego Reader

“Whitney Shay is an impressive talent...her voice and stage presence are formidable.”  Beach & Bay Press- SD News, Bart Mendoza


2021 San Diego Music Award Winner: Best Blues Album 

2019 San Diego Music Award Winner: Artist Of The Year, and Best Blues Album 

2017 & 2018 San Diego Music Award Winner: Best Blues Artist 

2018 San Diego CityBeat "Best Of" Award Winner: Best Blues Artist


2021 Independent Blues Award Nominee: Best Female Artist, Best R&B Soul CD, Best R&B  Soul Song, Best Blues Soul Artist, Best Music Video, Gateway Artist

2019 Blues Music Award Nominee: Soul Blues Female Artist 

2019 Blues Blast Award Nominee: Sean Costello Rising Star Award

2019 Independent Blues Award Nominee: Best Independent Blues R&B/Soul CD, Best Independent Female Blues Artist, and Best New Artist  

Stand Up
Debuted at #1 on Billboard Blues Charts
#4 Roots Music Report Best Blues Albums of 2020
#11 Living Blues Magazine Top 50 CDs of 2020
 SiriusXM Bluesville 2020 Year End Racklist (#14-Boy Sit Down)
A Woman Rules The World
Top 10 Albums of The Year- Editor’s Pick- Blues Music Magazine
Top 10 Albums of The Year-Editor’s Pick- Blues Junction Productions
Best Albums of 2018- Editor’s Pick- Soul Bag Mag (France)
Top 100 Contemporary Blues Albums of 2018- Roots Music Report


"Just When I Thought I'd Seen It All" on Hulu's 'Pam & Tommy'

"Let's Do This Thing!" and "Just When I Thought I'd Seen It All" in 'Sommeren '92'

"Everything is Alright" featuring Whitney Shay, is featured in the trailer for the HBO series, "Here and Now".

"Guilty as Charged" on Paramount Plus' new show: 'Picard'

"Soul Tonic" in the hit NBC TV series, 'Timeless'

"Guilty As Charged" in Tyler Perry's 'A Madea Family Funeral'