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Much can change in five years’ time.
Had it been five years ago, the Scottsdale, Arizona based Shelly LaBash would not be found in pursuit of a singing/songwriting career. Having lived much of her life in the deep shadows of fear and self-doubt, her dreams of creating music became as distant as the midnight trains that passed through her childhood hometown of Albuquerque—their mournful whistles offering solace to a young girl who felt abandoned and alone in this world. Five years ago, Shelly’s eyes were opened to what she had long overlooked, and she found her worth anew in God’s abounding love.
“Love and fear can’t coexist,” says Shelly. In the absence of fear that had once crippled her, Shelly now writes songs that reach out to we who are broken and desperate—offering encouragement and the same opportunity to embrace love and forgiveness that she has been given. Shelly’s musical style combines the sultry tone of blues music with lyrical storytelling notoriously found in country music, drawing inspiration from artists such as Bobbie Gentry, Linda Ronstadt, and Karen Carpenter.
Having returned to Arizona Christian University to finish her undergraduate degree in music performance, Shelly studied and performed at the Contemporary Music Center in Brentwood, Tennessee, outside of Nashville, where she was crafting her songwriting and performing abilities as an artist.
Shelly is also an Arizona regional coordinator for N.S.A.I. (Nashville Songwriters Association International. As well as being an active songwriter, traveling often between Scottsdale and Nashville, she is a teacher, mentor, coach and speaker, helping songwriters to build their craft and find success. Shelly is currently writing a book to help songwriters as well. Her passion and heart lies with helping not only songwriters, but those who just need to find their worth and their dream and live to the fullest.
Likening her transformation to a speeding train, Shelly finds no reason to look back as her journey continues onward. “Loving and forgiving are two of the hardest things that any human being can do in this life. But if I love and forgive through God’s strength, I move forward and I become stronger,” says Shelly. The passion and heart behind her music creates a ministry in itself, connecting audiences through its redemptive qualities and offerings of hope in the wake of brokenness and hardship.
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- Mar 09 2014
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- Very Committed
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- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
Bobbie Gentry, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon and James Taylor, Sara Bareilles, Norah Jones,Dusty Springfield, Karen Carpenter, Mavis Staples, Sandi Patty, Adele, Etta James, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Cher, Sade and Diana Krall and many others that write and sing with passion!
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macbook pro, interface, midi keyboards, microphones and amp.
Gotta Catch a Train
Gotta Catch a Train Track number: 1 Year: 2014 Album: Catch a Train Genre: Other
my genre is singer/songwriter. This song has an RnB flair.
You Make Me Stronger
You Make Me Stronger Track number: 4 Year: 2014 Album: Catch a Train Genre: Other
my genre is singer/songwriter. This song is mostly Funk.
"She's Crazy" Year: 2014 Album: "On The Right Track" Genre: Country
This is one of the songs from my upcoming EP. I thought you might like to hear it!!