After losing his Father to an auto immune disease at the age of 25, Shynes decided to honor his Dad's legacy by chasing the dreams he had put off for so long. At that time he was working at a residential treatment center for teens, and playing the occasional show on the weekend. "It was important work, and shaped who I am today in a lot of ways. But after 3 years I just got tired of getting beat up, spit on, and called everything you can imagine. I loved those kids though, and wouldn't trade my time there for anything."
So he moved back home to keep costs down while trying to become a full time musician. "It worked out well because I didn't want to think of my Mom being alone in the house after my Dad's passing. But by the same token it felt like a lateral move being back in my childhood home. I had many an existential crisis during that time." So Shynes began playing every show that he possibly could, and as time went on, he was able to pay all his bills (and student loans) with an acoustic guitar. "Paying rent every month by writing and performing songs was pretty surreal, and the harder I worked, the better the gigs got."
Shynes would often get noticed as a strong local candidate to open up for National acts as they came through town, and even ended up on a tour with Platinum Recording Artist Howie Day. "That really taught me a lot because I was playing for theaters full of people who were not there to see me. But I was telling the stories and playing my songs, and everyone was listening. That was a landmark experience."
Now Shynes has worked to become one of the most sought after acoustic performers and songwriters in the Midwest. He has an ability to blend shades of multiple genres over an acoustic landscape, and his songs are ripe with lyrical depth rarely paired with mainstream appeal. "The thing that seems to separate Shynes is unquestionably his voice and phrasing. 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."
"Obsessed. I am Obsessed." -Jennifer Lyneis President of UE3 Promotions
"Musically, I'm in love. His light, accessible, passionate sound is one that had me hitting the repeat button on one song for almost an hour." -Rebecca Cicione A & R Columbia Records
"The rising star creates an intimate environment through his music." -Diana Bonilla of the LA Examiner
"If you're looking for a new artist to get hooked on, Michael Shynes has got you covered." -BackPocketBelievers.net
"He may be one of the most talented people I've ever met. The guy just keeps getting better and better." -JustUsInMinnesota.com
"Shynes has worked to maintain a unified intimacy in his lyrical content, while expanding the dynamic nature of his sound. The result is original songs that are easy to relate to, and have legitimate staying power." -HearItLocal.com
"Songs like these are why being a music head in Minnesota is so wonderful." -Michelle Los Minneapolis Examiner