Electronic Press Kit – Shelly Brown
New Ep “In We Dive”
SINGER | SONGWRITER | VOCAL COACH
Introducing the heartfelt melodies and stories of Shelly Brown, an Australian singer-songwriter whose music is a rich tapestry of unbridled harmonies, embracing the essence of soul music with nuanced inflections of folk and jazz. A master storyteller, Shelly encapsulates the spirit of Australia through her music.
With a penchant for layered keyboard textures, deep synth bass by Dan Brown, and the rhythmic backbone of a solid drum kit by Grant Gerathy, Shelly’s compositions create an immersive sonic landscape. Collaborating with this exceptional Band – Keys, Guitar, Bass and the emotive resonance of a clarinet, the music is a harmonious synergy that enchants the senses.
Shelly Brown’s music is a tranquil sanctuary, exuding a sense of calmness and contentment while delivering melodies that resonate deeply. Each track has been meticulously crafted, Recording and mix engineer James Boundy at the helm – weaving intricate harmonies that interlace seamlessly, drawing listeners to a world of emotive depth. Embrace the stories, experience the serenity, and immerse yourself in the melodic allure of Shelly’s musical journey.
Renowned musician and educator Shelly Brown is embarking on an inspiring journey, bringing her wealth of musical expertise to diverse communities across Australia and beyond.
With a passion for nurturing artistic talent, Shelly conducts exclusive songwriting and vocal workshops in the vibrant locale of Byron Bay. This immersive experience promises to unlock the creative potential of aspiring musicians, providing invaluable insights into the craft of songwriting and vocal performance. Series 7 kicks off in March 2024.
In addition to this enriching workshop, Shelly Brown spearheads a harmonious Brunch Choir in Lennox Head, fostering a sense of community through the joyous celebration of music.
Not confined by geographical boundaries, Shelly extends her teaching prowess to exotic retreats in Bali, Sydney’s stunning south coast, and beyond, offering invaluable guidance through workshops in vocal techniques and stage performance, empowering individuals to channel their musical aspirations.
As Shelly gears up for an exciting year, her focus turns to the intimate and enchanting realm of house concerts. These personalised performances aim to unveil her highly anticipated new EP, inviting audiences into an immersive sonic experience that encapsulates her musical evolution and storytelling prowess.
With her dedication to musical education, community engagement, and a commitment to sharing her newest musical endeavours, Shelly Brown continues to be a beacon of inspiration and artistry in the music world.
Shelly Brown + Dan Brown Duo
Meet Shelly Brown, a musical storyteller whose voice echoes with a warm, dynamic, and powerful resonance. Her musical fusion blends the rhythmic allure of groove, the soulful essence of jazz, and the heartfelt depth of folk. Armed with a baritone ukulele, Shelly approaches her music with daring abandon, infusing each note with passion and soul.
Guided by her father’s wisdom that a guitar is a percussion instrument, Shelly embraced this philosophy wholeheartedly, propelling her musical journey forward. Alongside the effervescent Dan Brown of Red Bantoo fame, Shelly’s performances are elevated by his masterful accompaniment on keys and bass, creating a captivating synergy that resonates with audiences.
Intrigued by the boundless possibilities of music, Shelly Brown continues to craft a unique musical narrative that captures the essence of her soulful melodies and heartfelt storytelling.
Singing Lessons for No One Podcast approaching 100k streams
Sold out show at Nor-Easter Festival Lennox Head
Supported Dionne Warwick; Jon Cleary
Multiple performances at Mullum Music Festival; Woodford Folk Fest; York Jazz Festival
‘Album of the Year’ & ‘Female Vocal of the Year’ Dolphin Music Awards
Performed in Chile, Fiji, Vietnam, Europe, Hawaii.
TWO Full length Albums under ‘Shelly Brown’, and Three full length band albums under “The Fortunate Souls’.
Shelly’s voice is a warm, softened tone, dynamic and powerful. Her music is a blend of groove, folk, jazz and soul music. She plays baritone ukulele with reckless abandon. Her dad told her a guitar is a percussion instrument, and she’s never looked back. She performs with the effervescent Dan Brown (Red Bantoo) on Keys and Bass.
Shelly Brown brings laid-back soul to relax your mind and move your body to. Featuring delicately woven lyrics with a distinct Australian soul, personal tone, supported by decades in the business, Shelly is a superbly dynamic singer who will make you groove and relax your shoulders to some soulful sweetness.
Shelly and Dan met way back in the early 21st century, however, started to perform music together in 2009 and wondered why they had taken so long. Dan’s sometimes delicate, often funky and always attentive accompanying supports Shelly’s improvising, unique and full voiced style. They enjoy playing music, and it shows. You can hear their honest laughs of joy from the stage, and it’s infectious to say the least.
In 2012, then ‘enmaidened’ named Shelly Hughes released her first album, ‘Where The Owl Was’ to critical acclaim. The music was received with open arms, warm reviews and cups of tea, “Honeyed Soul” was the sentiment echoed by ABC Radio’s Robbie Buck. A dream band, hand-picked and flown in from around the country, has been performing to packed houses at places like Mullumbimby Music Festival, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and Melbourne.
With the awe-inspiring birth of a new human in 2013, both the music and the parents have taken on new life and new rhythms. But don’t be fooled, Shelly Browns performance is no lullaby – rather a soul filled, passionate vocal expression with slick bass lines, defined rim shots and embracing keys. Honeyed soul indeed…
The live show promises rich honeyed soul infused with a deep groove and slick jazz undertones.
Raised by sailors & aviators on a steady diet of singing around the family table, Shelly Brown was accustomed to Aussie folk & sea shanty’s from the get-go. Into the study of music she went, meeting jazz & soul, her husband on piano, and a child to-boot! Overseas tours, independent albums, house concerts, pandemics & a house flood; a passion for leading vocal workshops to warm the soul (not to mention her singing podcast); now, through rebuilding home & studio, she’s headed for folk festivals near and far and workshop soirees anywhere that wants to bring passion to singing.
Vocal Workshop Bio
What the people say:
“I wouldn’t miss it. It brings so much joy to my day and week”.
“I look back to the first session- It was clunky and I felt all nervous. Now I feel comfortable, I’m writing lovely songs and I am able to perform them. I did an open mic in front of an audience!”
“It’s been a lot of work from me but it’s a massive driver of my improvement.”
A creative exploration into songwriting, improvisation, lyric writing, singing and performing in a safe, fun, and explorative environment. Shelly’s approach is all fun, no stress, encouraging and supportive.
The workshops are presented by renowned singing and songwriting mentor, Shelly Brown, and are designed specifically for young through to mature age adults. The workshops require no prior formal experience.
You will be encouraged to grow and explore your creativity by engaging with your music. Through vocal warm-ups, exploring vocal techniques, exploring songwriting practices playfully and with no expectation other than to dive in and see what comes out.
Workshop Running Order/Joy To Be Had:
- Welcome & Acknowledgement of Country
- Warm up – Vocal Techniques with Music Theory Games
- Group Singing – Harmony, Dynamics, Heart and Soul.
- Songwriting Exploration / Sharing Ideas and Thoughts
- Performance Techniques / Recording Techniques
Shelly leads a vocal workshop like a wander through a playground. Vocal exploration through songs, harmony, body work and fun. Music is about percussion, breathing, dance and shedding your worry for how things should sound, and leaning into how things feel that day, in this way, there is no right or wrong, just sing. Shelly has studied Contemporary vocals, (Certificate, Bachelor, Honours), toured with various bands near and far (Red Bantoo, CBD Dub Project, Cass Eager), Supported some world class legends (Jon Cleary, Dionne Warwick, The Badloves), and created a number of albums.
Using a mixture of music and textures with a focus on Australian; Female; Original; Gospel; Maori; Brazilian and African ingredients- a cake will be made with the moment in time of that days workshop. Different every time, creating this golden orb of sustenance for the soul.
SINGER | SONGWRITER | VOCAL TEACHER
LENNOX HEAD; N.S.W. AUSTRLIA
WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY
Shelly has one of those incredibly rare voices that reaches deep into your soul and controls you at will. Utterly captivating, dangerously powerful and honest as it comes. The best I’ve ever known.
Lloyd Spiegel, Australian Blues Guitarist
“Ahhhh!!! How can I sum up the magnificent Shelly Brown! We organise a variety of musical events at our local hall…. from monthly unplugged evenings dance your sox off nights, to swoon-full jazz afternoons. Shelly has graced us with her beautiful voice, amazing original song writing and brilliant musicianship on several occasions. She draws in a crowd of followers new and old. We love her style and presence. No-one leaves untouched”
Robbie Buck; Radio National.
Vocalist Shelly Hughes, the “mistress of twang”, the “siren of sob”, takes you to emotional places places with her vocal interpretations. The warmth of her connection with the audience has them smiling in wonder, sometimes eyes closed, but fully aware of how such a voice can move you.