Shelby is a Tennessee boy who grew up in Cornersville, TN, which lies directly between Huntsville, AL and Nashville, TN. A football fanatic through his middle and high school years, Shelby was merely a casual music lover until one day changed his life forever. While hosting his high school’s talent show, Shelby was dared to sing in front of his entire school. He sang Tracy Lawrence’s “Paint me a Birmingham” and the school erupted. “I always sang as a joke to pass the time, I never realized how great it really felt to sing in front of a crowd! I have been addicted to music ever since,” says Shelby.
After high school, Shelby attended Middle Tennessee State University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from the prestigious Recording Industry Program. There, he was introduced to many industry professionals, musicians and songwriters. The time Shelby spent at MTSU and interning for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science was crucial to him. He began writing songs with talented songwriters and started playing in honky tonks with a five-piece band. While honing in on his craft, Shelby drew from his many influences ranging from, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, and Hank Williams to Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kings of Leon and CCR to create his own musical style. “My parents raised me up on old rock music and classic country. I listen to almost everything, so I just like to play what feels good to myself and the audience.”
Since starting his musical career, Shelby has had the honor of sharing the stage with major recording artists and bands such as, Cowboy Troy, Sister Hazel, Darryl Worley, and the Legendary Charlie Daniels Band. He has performed at many festivals and clubs around the South Eastern West, and Mid-Western United States. Shelby is planning to record a full-length album in the near future and is currently writing songs for an upcoming project.