For more than two decades, Michael Shay has combined North American and international music styles, surprising audiences at every turn. As a vocalist, songwriter, cellist, producer, multi-media and music-therapy collaborator, cultural ambassador, and pedagogue, Shay's projects never cease to broaden horizons and blur borders.
STAY TUNED for a 2023 release of new and previously unrecorded songs, featuring Shay the singer-songwriter as you've never heard him before: mostly solo and accompanied by his own cello playing.
Shay splits his time between North and South America - based out of both Ecuador and Oregon.
As cellist in world music accordion-cello duo The Just Desserts, kora-cello-trumpet-percussion ensemble The Koratet, and as singer-songwriter/guitarist leading his country-folk/bluegrass band The Texas Express, Shay released multiple albums and performed in Canada, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Germany, France, Denmark, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States. He has worked as a cultural ambassador in Ecuador and Colombia, performing and leading workshops under the auspices of the US State Department.
For 15 years, Shay directed an early-childhood music school which he established in Austin, Texas, later going on to coordinate the Community Music Center for the City of Portland, Oregon from 2019- 2021. He continues to mentor a select group of international students as a private instructor.