Shaun Escoffery is a British soul and R&B singer and actor, who was born in London. His first major release was the single "Space Rider", released by Oyster Music in March 2001. It was played regularly by the BBC Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson and The Dreem Team. It peaked at #52 in the UK Singles Chart, and was followed by the UK #53 hit, "Days Like This" in 2002. After releasing several other singles on the same label, Escoffery became more noticed for his voice - being noticed by Lennox Lewis, who then invited him out to Memphis, Tennessee to sing the National Anthem before Lewis' victorious heavyweight title bout with Mike Tyson.
In 2007, Escoffery released an album entitled Move into Soul, which contained covers such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "A Change Is Gonna Come". In the same year, he tread the boards at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, earning a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for playing several roles in the stage musical, Parade. In 2008 he was cast as Mufasa in the West End production of The Lion King.