Cary Shields is a gypsy spaceman. A musician, actor and songwriter who has sung his heart out all over the world. He has played alongside the likes of Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters and Wallflowers, Jill Scott and Boy George to name a few. He starred on Broadway in the hit musicals RENT and Taboo and Off-Broadway in Greenwood-The Musical.
Recently he joined the uber talented cast of Musical Stages production of “Uncovered: The Music of Stevie Wonder and Prince” at Koerner Hall, which is like, a really nice theatre.
In 2019 Shields wrote and produced his musical “I Shot The Albatross” a one man show that combines storytelling and killer tunes, highlighting the most unusual ten years of his life. It was funny, and sad, and funny again. Then slightly maudlin.
Back on the boards in 2017, Cary starred as Stacee Jaxx in Stage West’s production of “Rock of Ages”. He was pretty good.
In 2013 he was a semi-finalist to represent Romania in the Eurovision song competition. A distinct honour made all the more special, being that he isn’t the least bit Romanian.
Whether it’s a an audience of thousands in an historic Broadway theatre or a dive with sticky floors and an audience of four semi conscious bar flies, Cary is a passionate performer who leaves it all on the floor. The beer stained, sticky floor. Depending on the venue.
Can you call him a hero? He’s just a guy and a guitar doing his best to bring light and music to everyone around him. All this to say, when things get hairy, Shields is the kind of musician you want around.