Shyan Selah embodies the essence of the most trendsetting music icons from his hometown of Seattle. Inspired by the likes of Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, Shyan is a master at blending the classic with the cutting edge. A bold singer/songwriter and recording artist, he’s at the forefront of ushering in a new era of modern musicians with his band, The Republic of Sound – an act that is designed to fully embody Shyan’s specialized fusion of rock, soul and hip hop music as the perfect backdrop to his throwback soul-rock vocal and eclectic rhyme style.
A creative force in both music and business, Shyan has led a series of unprecedented arrangements with some of the world’s biggest brands including Starbucks, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Universal Music; and has had his music licensed by FOX, CBS/Paramount, along with special projects featuring the NBA and NFL. An artist and entrepreneur who strives to reach the youth, Shyan has been on the speaking circuit for years, working with various middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the nation. His music and outreach has led to him being invited to act as an ambassador for musicians and music entrepreneurs from around the globe for the World Affairs Council’s International Leadership Conference series at the World Trade Center in Seattle, WA; it is also the driving force behind his unique collaborations with international brands.
Shyan’s musical message of education and community empowerment is the staple of his Cafe Noir Project, which is selectively featured within Starbucks. Having started on the ground, at the grassroots level, the Cafe Noir Project has exponentially grown over the years generating a live album, an LP, a photo book, a behind-the-scenes documentary, a feature film, and a national tour with stops at schools, colleges and universities, exclusive Starbucks locations, exclusive Apple locations, and live music venues throughout the United States.