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Shelly went from freelance studio session vocalist to backing vocalist for theatre shows and original artists in the UK and Canada. Working with various clients, she has recorded in small studios to the glorious Abbey Road, London. Eventually she found her way through to write for herself and record her own popular piano-based music style.
With songwriting never a priority, but picked up BBC New Talent for songwriters, it’s been a slow learning curve. “Love’s Not All There Is To It” was picked up to appear on a country compilation album after Shelly had started writing for a country music label.
In 2008 Shelly lived in Toronto, Canada and recorded an EP there. She performed as a backing singer for pop artist John Tayles on his “Thoughts Out Loud” album release and was briefly involved with indie band Calling Wendy. She recorded “Change” the EP at Greenpail Studios with Inside Music.
After a little time out Shelly continued to work as a production singer, and with that has performed at some of the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious theatres including Glasgow King’s Theatre, Edinburgh Playhouse and The Royal Albert Hall to name few. She came back to songwriting and started pre-production for an album of 2017 – “Beauty Survives”. The first single “You Lie” was released in 2017 along with the official video.
Shelly’s songs captivate; feet firmly in piano-based singer/songwriter style with a unique blend of her vocal style with hints of Americana. There are pop and rock influences inspired by great songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Carole King and Beth-Nielsen-Chapman and singers such as Linda Ronstadt. Comparative to female singer-songwriters such as Sara Bareilles, Paula Cole, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jewel, Vonda Shepard and Sarah McLachlan her songs are powerful and emotive.