The Concert

On December 17th Platinum Recording Artist and Songwriter Michael Shynes will be joined by Violin Virtuoso David Gerald Sutton (recently seen on Good Morning America) for a night of Christmas songs both re imagined yet familiar. The show will feature lush soundscapes from the looping and layering of Sutton with the warmth of vocals and acoustic guitars from Shynes. This is a night of music surely not to be missed.

Artist Bio: Michael Shynes

Michael Shynes Christmas Concert

The fact that Michael Shynes is a Midwest born singer songwriter with a Platinum Record in Poland, in many ways, sums up the unlikelihood of his career perfectly. Being a self taught musician from a small town, he seemed to build a career out of nothing more than pure hustle and soulful songwriting.

Shynes is often noticed as a strong local candidate to open up for National acts as they come through town, and even ended up on a tour with Platinum Recording Artist Howie Day. "That was transformative as I was playing for theaters full of people who had no obligation to buy into what I was selling on stage. But I realized I could hold their attention with just the stories and the songs. That was a landmark experience."

Now Shynes has worked to become one of the most sought after performers in the Midwest. Recently selling out his first theater shows, and building a fully immersive live performance concept that includes up to a nine piece band paired with a video and light show. Blending shades of multiple genres over an acoustic and full band landscape, his songs are ripe with lyrical depth rarely paired with such mainstream appeal. The thing that seems to separate Shynes is unquestionably his vocal stylings. With a range and falsetto that is nothing short of captivating, his acoustic finger picking style acts as the perfect bed of warmth on which his soulful lyrics can rest.

A few reviews on Michael Shynes:

"Stylistically, he is difficult to pigeonhole because his sound amalgamates many different flavors, blending R&B, pop and blues into awesomely immediate melodies, evocative lyrics and contagious rhythms. Michael Shynes really has it going on."

-The Huffington Post

"His fully formed musical and vocal talent establishes Shynes as a performing and songwriting force to reckon with now and likely in years to come."

-Gashouse Radio

Artist Bio: David Gerald Sutton

David Gerald Sutton Christmas Concert

Minneapolis-based five-string violinist, string arranger, and composer David Gerald Sutton has been able to find a unique voice in the world of music with his violin, not limited to the addition of an extra string on his instrument. Utilizing guitar effect pedals and taking a page from Ed Sheeran's book on looping, David has combined these electronic elements with almost 20 years of classical and jazz studies to carve out a place for the violin in today's world of pop music, both synthesized and organic.

Whether he's providing a one-man orchestra for artists like Sucre & Michael Shynes, touring with For King & Country, or writing and producing his own instrumental pop music, David has his hands in as many facets of the music world he possibly can. The emotion and passion that exudes from his playing can be felt by audiences of all ages and genre preferences, calming anxiety-driven minds and restoring fond memories of joy and wonder. From the streets of Minneapolis to venues across the nation, David Gerald Sutton is sure to provide an experience unlike any other heard from a violinist before.

A Special Thanks

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