In New York, Ryan picked up his first singing gig as a Motown Cafe Moment, and the journey has been uphill ever since. Shaw's distinctive approach to singing and songwriting caught the attention of top talent manager David Sonenberg, and in November of 2006 he signed with DAS Communications. Just as the ink was drying on his management agreement he sat down once more, this time signing a record deal with Sony Red. Drawing inspiration from great talents such as Sam Cooke, the Pace Sisters and Aretha Franklin among others, Shaw sidesteps the transient quality that so many of today's artists cling to and opts for a more enduring sound that finds fans in both the young and old. When asked to describe what drives him, Ryan states "I am a man with a heart for the arts and how it affects the human spirit, and that is what I share."
If what is now, is any indication of what is to come, Ryan Shaw will be sharing for many years to come.