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Listen to Marvin's Room Mar. 31, from Remy Shand to Ruth B
By
Amanda Parris

Published

March 31, 2017

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Marvin's Room is the home of R&B on CBC. The show airs Friday 7:00 p.m on Radio 2, Sunday 8:00 p.m on Radio 1, Wednesday at 4:00 a.m and Friday at 3:00 p.m on SiriusXM.

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Take A Message

In the early 2000’s, Canada was shaping its own neo-soul sound and one of the primary architects was a young singer from Winnipeg named Remy Shand. The start of his career unfolds like a Hollywood movie. Picture this: He’s a young up and coming singer before the days of YouTube and Soundcloud. So how did he get his music out there? He sent his demo to a record label and they were impressed. He was signed almost immediately to Motown Records. His first album The Way I Feel was celebrated by the critics. He received 4 Grammy nominations and then won the Juno for best R&B/Soul Recording. Everyone expected his star to only get bigger and the expectations were high for his follow-up album Day in the Shade. Instead Remy decided to take a 10 year hiatus from music. When he came back he decided to do things his own way. He created his own record label and has been releasing a steady stream of music ever since, all on his own terms, at his own pace. Here is a classic from Remy Shand, his hit song “Take a Message.”

Lost Boy

Ruth B is a University student in Edmonton with an affinity for two things: The television show "Once Upon a Time" and 6-second Vine videos. Little did she know that both of those things would lead to a life-changing experiment. One day she was watching an episode of "Once Upon a Time". It’s a tv show inspired by childhood fairytales. A lyric popped into Ruth B.’s head and wouldn’t go away. She’d never written a song before but she decided to try. So she sat down at a keyboard and recorded a 6-second video where she sang this line “I am a lost boy from Neverland...Usually hanging out with Peter Pan.”

That video went viral. So Ruth B decided to keep building the song, in 6-second increments that she uploaded to Vine. With each video, her following grew. She named the song “Lost Boy.” It became a breakthrough hit cracking the top 50 of the Billboard charts last year. Since then she has signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. “Lost Boy” has become Ruth B.’s very own fairytale.

The Playlist

Drake f/ Wizkid and Kyla – One Dance
Earth Wind and Fire – September
Brandy – Sitting up in my Room
Roy Woods – Jealousy
Ro James – Permission
Remy Shand – Take a Message
Daniel Caesar – Streetcar
Ruth B. – Lost Boy
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Janet Jackson – Anytime, Anyplace
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get it On

The Marvin's Room R&B Stream

Explore the world of R&B, 24 hours a day 7 days a week with our new "Marvin's Room R&B" stream. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Deborah Cox.

Explore the world of R&B from neo-soul to trap soul and everything in between. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Usher, Deborah Cox

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