Shelly was born and raised in Mississippi. She began singing in her home at age 5, and soon thereafter took her beautiful voice to church. She was honored as the most talented female by her High School Class, which landed her a scholarship in Music Arts at Mississippi Valley State University. In 1989 she got the opportunity to be female vocalist with Stardom Band of Greenville, Mississippi, where she toured from Alabama to Louisiana. Shelly decided to test the waters as a solo artist, so she moved to California to pursue her dream.
Shelly has performed at the Menage of Pasadena, CA which was sponsored by Crystal & Penny Productions. Shelly was a finalist in "In The Mix" Star Search Competition at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. She was a big hit where she brought the audience to their feet at the "Cool Planet Records/Sumby Music Showcase." Shelly also blew the audience away at the ASCAP Showcase, produced by Edna Simms. Shelly showcased her talents in Colorado where she received standing ovations throughout the state. She has spent time performing as the lead singer with the Billy Smiley Band where she sang various popular and current songs.
On January 5, 2002 Shelly was performing and every song came out gospel. She received a thunderous ovation and realized at that moment that gospel is what she needed to be singing. Later that year she performed for the March of Dimes telethon show and received a standing ovation. In 2003, she was one of the featured performers at the West Helena, Arkansas Gospel Fest and not only received a standing ovation but got hundreds of requests for her CD. She also performed her hit "Troubled Times" for the mayor at a Support our Troops Rally in Mississippi and received a standing ovation. Local radio stations called and requested her record and that is how the album Troubled Times began.
Shelly has a sound that has been described as "uniquely her own" and it doesn't hurt that her album is fantastically captivating. She has the perfect sound, smooth and moving. Shelly wrote all of the songs on her debut release. She has a magical way with words. Her songs come straight from her life experiences and are truly inspirational. Shelly has a style ranging from Tina Marie, Whitney Houston on down to Anita Baker and Toni Braxton, but her style comes across in her own unique way. Shelly's gift for writing was exposed when she got the chance to work with Producer, Arranger & Songwriter "Eddie Cole," the cousin of the very famous "Natalie Cole," and the Nephew of the late great "Nat King Cole." Eddie a star in his own right, wrote, arranged, and produced many of Natalie's song along side her and her husband. Shelly has had the opportunity to work with various producers and arrangers, with very different styles of music from Memphis, TN to Los Angeles, CA. Shelly has gotten nothing but praise for her ability to adapt to various styles of music. This is Shelly's dream and her goal in life. Shelly continues to work very hard at achieving her goal of making it in this very competitive business of music. Shelly is a beautiful diamond that's just waiting to be put in the right setting. Given the chance, she will shine among the stars.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Precious Lord Take My Hand
2. You Are Our Lord
3. Troubled Times
4. No Ordinary Man
6. Giving Up The Wrong For The Right
7. Mary Mary
9. Stop Lifting The Devil Up
10. I Love You, Need You, Honor You
11. My Singing Prayer