Shelby is a bass player, singer, and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Her work in Americana, country, folk and acoustic bluegrass music earned her a GRAMMY nomination, garnered her performances at the Grand Ole Opry, on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook and Radio Boston, and for Hillary Clinton. Her inspiration comes from musicians like Alison Krauss and Bonnie Raitt, and she is passionate about hosting jam sessions, bringing her peers together to bond over music and food.
In Versailles, KY, Shelby first felt the rhythm and twang of mountain music while growing in her momma's womb. Rockin' and a rollin’ to the groove of live musicians gathered in her soon to be living room, music was in her blood. Five years later and newly located to the windy state of Wyoming, Shelby placed second in the peewee division of the Wyoming State Fiddle contest. In fifth grade she learned viola and began singing in the Children’s Choir. By the time she was eight years old, Shelby was competing in female vocal contests and winning trophies across the state of Wyoming.
In 2001, at a country and old time music contest, Shelby noticed a young woman playing the upright bass and became obsessed with the massive instrument. Having finally found her instrument and her musical voice, Shelby joined the high school orchestra and started playing bluegrass and country music in various bands. In 2004, she was crowned Laramie Junior Miss, winning the scholarship program with her poise, talent, and scholastic achievements. The summer before college, she began to share her joy for singing and music education, working at Camp Alonim in New Hampshire as co-leader of music for the entire camp.
While attending the University of Wyoming, Shelby was hand-picked by her ethnomusicology professor to represent American folk music at Akademicka Nitra Slovakia, a collegiate folk music contest. She formed the bluegrass band, High Altitude and they traveled to Europe to perform and collaborate with musicians in jams and on stage. This solidified Shelby's desire to experience the world through the eyes and ears of a musician.
Shelby moved to Nashville five years ago on Christmas Eve. As a touring and recording artist she has played bass and sang lead and harmony vocals at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Telluride, RockyGrass, GreyFox, Pickathon, and ROMP. She has performed in over 20 countries as an American ambassador and musical educator. She earned a GRAMMY nomination for her work on Della Mae's 2013 album This World Oft Can Be, and received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year with Della Mae. Shelby has opened for Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, and Dawes and has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Lyle Lovett, Holly Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Rowan, Chris Thile, Della Mae, and The David Mayfield Parade.
Shelby achieved her 200hr yoga training in 2015 and continues to balance her music career with her passion for teaching. At home in Tennessee, she offers yoga classes, private lessons, and teaches Hebrew to fifth graders at Congregation Micah.