A criticism that is often leveled against today's crop of singers and boy bands is that they don't write their own music and neither do they play an instrument. A couple of weeks ago I saw Remy Shand on TV and immediately ordered his debut CD, "The Way I Feel." Now this guy not only writes his own music, he played all the tracks on the Cd and even sang the background vocals! He has such a versatile voice he is able to add so much texture and variety to his voice that the backing tracks sound credibly like other vocalists. His style fits into R&B, or neo soul. His main singing voice at times recalls Phillip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire. Some of his songs also have a kind of E, W & F vibe. If I had not actually seen him on TV, I would have thought he was black, but Shand is White and Canadian! Maybe that shouldn't be surprising, but it surprised me, because Shand has such an excellent grasp of the genre of R&B, one that few blue eyed soulsters capture nearly as well. I really enjoy his music and find his music as engaging or more as that of Alicia Keyes...but she is a heck of a lot prettier. If you like romantic R&B, check out Remy Shand. I'm recording the CD onto tape as we speak to listen to in my car. It's the kind of soothing music like Sade that I prefer for driving in the hectic South Florida traffic.