Before He Could Record His First Album, Damiyr Shuford Had To Let Go

Damiyr Shuford is learning that you can’t go at it alone.

It’s been a whirlwind for Damiyr since he was first featured on Uncharted. The earnest and confessional crooner went from performing on the platforms of the New York City subway to singing at a showcase in front of music industry players, to recording his debut album.

“Honda and Uproxx, they just want to help me,” he told us. “Why me, you know? I’m really grateful.”

To answer his question, it was one of those “right place at the right time” kind of things. Chris McClure, Head of Music at Uproxx, said that he’d wanted to make records for a while and going with the former subway busker just felt like a no-brainer.

“We featured Damiyr in an episode of ‘Uncharted’ and it did really well,” McClure, who also produced the album, explained. “It hit all the marks for us in terms of stories we tell and artists we want to get behind.”

“[Our] producer for Uncharted really believed in Damiyr, and she was right. He’s the guy.”

Choosing to record Damiyr’s album was easy. The actual recording process, however, was not.

“I’ve never worked with Chris, so I was a little worried that our ideas would clash,” the singer confessed confessed. It was a challenge letting others put their hands on music that up until that moment belonged to just him and his guitar.