Men In Music Spotlight: Richard Shaw Jr.

Richard Shaw Jr. was born and reared in Atlanta, Georgia. At an earlyage, he developed a strong passion for music and knew he wanted to play the alto saxophone. Richard Shaw has played for and open up for several Celebrities and Gospel recording artist which included Steve Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Wynton Marsalis, CeCe Winans, Bishop Eddie Long New Birth, Shirley Caesar, William Murphy, Tasha Cobbs, Dr. Bobby Jones, and many more. In the first quarter of 2019 he was featured on 11 alive news on NBC playing the most popular kids song “Baby Shark” with two saxophones at the same time. He has traveled and perform all over the nation including Its Show Time At The Apollo, Gospel Choice Awards, NAACP, Tennessee State University, City Of Refuge Bishop Noel Jones.

He is quickly being known throughout the southeast as “THE” saxophone player that plays two saxophones at the same time in harmony, he often displays his circular breathing skills, and is frequently compared to sounding like a human voice through his saxophone melodies. Richard ’s first CD entitled, “The Seasons of Life” was released October 2002 which sold over 5000 copies independently in first quarter. His second album was even more of a success and now he has completed his 3rd album entitled “Believe Again”. Richard Shaw Jr is all about creating an invigorating and therapeutic experience that last long after his services are done.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the music industry?

Richard: After almost dying in a EF-3 tornado I then begin pursuing my music career seriously.

Please tell us about your journey playing the alto saxophone and what do you enjoy most about that particular instrument?

Richard: My passion for music developed when I was in my mother’s womb. When she would listen to music I would jump while in her womb. At the age of 10 I was exposed to Kenny G and fell in love with the sound not knowing what type of instrument it was at the time.

After I learned that it was a saxophone I told my parents I wanted to play and 4yrs later they bought me my very first alto saxophone. What I love about the saxophone is that it is considered the closest instrument that mocks a human vocalist! I love to sing but because I can’t, I sing through my instrument.

What are some memorable moments in your career so far?

Richard: Playing in front of Steve Harvey on Its Show Time At The Apollo and performing with Wynton Marsalis at his private condo in New York.

What are you currently working on?

Richard: I’m working on writing new music and preparing for my big concert at St James Live on Thursday July 29th at 7pm.

What do you want your musical legacy to be?

Richard: To positively impact the lives of over 1 Billion people through music and Believing Again!

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Tammy Reese is an award winning actress and writer. She currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television.