Ryan Christopher Shaw (born 25 December 1980) is a soul musician from Georgia, USA. Shaw began singing in the Pentecostal Free Church of God in Christ at the age of three in Lithonia, Georgia, having been raised in a deeply religious household. Shaw won a spot in a gospel musical at Georgia State University, and in 1998 he dropped out of college to take part in Tyler Perry's play I Know I've Been Changed. At the end of the play's run he began doing Motown covers in New York, joining the group Fabulous Soul Shakers in 2004. He recorded a demo in 2006, won the ear of Columbia Records, and was signed to said label. The album, This is Ryan Shaw, mixes new material with covers of songs by Wilson Pickett, Bobby Womack, and Jackie Wilson. He was the opening act for the Van Halen tour 07-08. At the end of 2009 he reached some fame in the Netherlands with his single It Gets Better, which peaked at number 2 on the single top 100 charts. On May 15th, 2012 Ryan Shaw released Real Love on Dynotone Records. Shaw was a contestant on the 10th season of America's Got Talent in 2015.