In the world of music, there are great singers, talented songwriters, amazing producers, wonderful stylists and great performers who are at the top of the game, but it is a rare thing to find all of those mentioned embodied in one person. However, Oshy is an extraordinary R&B artists who possesses those qualities.
Oshy, who was born Thomas Byrd, discovered the art of singing and songwriting, while watching his father rehearse, record, and perform. His father was a member of the R&B group “Total Climax” and when Oshy heard them sing and harmonize, he knew that it was something he wanted to do. Using an old tape recorder, he would study his father and then try to emulate his father’s vocal abilities. It was obvious to all that Oshy was gifted but at his early age he had not yet found his true voice. It would be years before he would find it.
At the age of fifteen, everything changed. He was at church in Harlem NY when he walked out in front of the choir and sang a solo. It was the most soulful and emotionally song he had every sung. It was so powerful, that it actually put tears in his eyes. Wanting to become that type of vocalist, Oshy worked on his craft like never before. He worked on his vocals as if his life depended on it… and in many ways it did. His childhood hadn’t always been easy and he had watched family members and too many people he knew get lost or taken by the streets. Oshy wanted more and he knew that what one achieves was completely a reflection of what one puts into it…and he put in all he had. Celebrated R&B/ Hip Hop producer Ron Browz (Lil’ Kim, Snoop, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, DMX, Big L, Fat Joe, Jae Millz and Nas) saw something special in the young singer and encouraged him to not only sing, but to learn and understand writing and vocal arrangements, etc. Browz was really influential in Oshy’s early growth as a songwriter. Over the years Oshy has been a member of a few groups where he wrote and vocally stylized 90% of the songs.
His talents helped lead to deals and offers from Atlantic records, Sony, and Warner Bros. just to name a few. But as they say, “All things happen for a reason and don’t settle for the first offer that you get”, this was definitely true for the aspiring singer. Each time with each group, due to situations and the wrong team around him, the deals didn’t go through which led to the groups demise. Oshy then focused on what he always knew was his true path which was to be a solo Artists. Aside from Ron Browz, Oshy has worked with industry powerhouses such as Big Drawers (Destiny’s Child), Wynetta Wynn (Sony songwriter) Red Spider, Frantic, and Frost. He has also sat in on sessions with R&B groups such as 112 and Jagged Edge.
Oshy, which means “The Best Comes” in Cherokee Indian (is a part of his heritage), is now focused on taking his solo career to the top of the charts. Oshy’s CD will drop internationally during the summer of 06. Oshy has written all the songs and is currently putting the final touches on his first single “Enuff Love”
To hear some of his music, you can go to his YOUTUBE page at www.youtube.com/user/oshymusic