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Video Premiere: Shelly Waters “Drink The Water” (The Daily Country)

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KFHS Radio New Artist – Shelly Waters

Americana singer-songwriter Shelly Waters is set to release her new, self-titled album on July 28, 2017. Evidence of Waters’ jambalaya-like recipe of sonic spices – and then some – are found within each of the dozen tasty tracks on Shelly Waters, which was recorded in Nashville with renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler. “I feel like this record is the true representation of what I feel when I play the music that I love. This is Shelly. This is me. This is a re- flection, and this is a representation of me.”

Waters’ musical roots run as deep and wide as the mighty Mississippi River that snakes through her home state of Louisiana. Her sound is the epitome of the holy tonal trinity of blues, country, and rock. “I want my music to represent all of those genres – because that’s what I love best – and I love blending those sounds together,” Waters affirms. “Growing up in South Louisiana I listened to a lot of swamp pop, old R&B, and rock ’n’ roll. Those tones and those iconic voices are what I’m drawn to and that’s what I feel the most comfortable singing. My music is Americana through and through.” The uniqueness of Waters’ powerful and haunting voice brings her music to life and her lyrics betray a life filled with twists, turns, and adventure.

From the very first time the pick hits the strings on the album’s opening track “Drink the Water,” resonances of the brilliant Etta James’ masterwork “I’d Rather Go Blind” flood your senses. “Red Hot Red” burns with a current classic country vibe. With “Jackpot” and “Knew You When,” the listener gets the first hint of what a Louisiana swamp would look, feel, and sound like. “Time for a Change” is a refreshing shift in pace that connects the musical dots back to the Bob Dylan nugget “I Want You.”

Song sequence on an album is so often key. On Shelly Waters, “Lost My Way” and “Blood Sweat and Tears” serve as the perfect opening acts for the oh-so-appropriate closing track, Waters’ terrific take on Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “Louisiana Rain.” The perfect sonic nightcap to an intoxicating collection of top-shelf tracks, the imagery of where the road and rain meet the Gulf Coast waters that haunts Petty’s number fits Waters’ long road to making music to a tee.

From intimate coffee shops to festival crowds of 10,000+, Waters’ winding musical road has led her to share stages with a wide spectrum of artists as diverse as the legendary Loretta Lynn to the amazing Alynda Lee Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff). Waters has also shared a billing with Randall Bramblett, Curley Taylor and Zy- deco Trouble, Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown, Kitty Wells, Mel Tillis, and a host of other well-known musicians. While Waters’ unforgettable voice and unique blend of genres have captivated audiences for years, her journey began in a sleepy Louisiana town called Rayne.

Shelly Pellerin Waters was born to a Cajun-French family and was raised on a farm in Rayne. When she was 10 years old, she began taking guitar lessons, and, being a quick study, at the tender age of 11, Waters joined J.B. David and the Mule Skinners, a local French Cajun band. The band played in Cajun dance halls, private events, and music festivals as far away as Nova Scotia. Touring with a band and signing autographs was quite an adventure for an 11-year-old. After a year with the Mule Skinners, Waters started her own country band, Shelly and Southern Spice. The band played locally and regionally for many years. Along the way, Waters’ heartfelt rendition of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” – performed in a college beauty pageant – helped land her a chance to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana America.

As she entered her twenties, Waters had the stage chops of a showbiz lifer and she began getting inquiries from labels and others interested in helping her move to the next level. But this is where Waters’ story runs off the smooth, flat concrete of I-10 and into the murky bayou waters. “Life happened,” Waters demurs. Amazingly, she says this without a trace of regret.

Waters’ path has led her from Louisiana to Texas to South Carolina to Maine. Along the road she experienced the ups, downs, and thrills of life. Her ventures and adventures included earning a US Coast Guard Captain’s License, living for eight years on a sailboat in the South Carolina Lowcountry and sailing over 20,000 nautical
miles. While Waters continued to dabble in music, it wasn’t until 2013 that she found her way into songwriting. Her debut album of original music, Drive, was produced by Grammy-nominated guitar phenomena Joe Taylor and released to critical acclaim in 2014. In 2016, Charleston City Paper selected her as a “Best of Charleston” Female Vocalist Nominee.

Waters plans to tour in support of her forthcoming album; tour dates will be announced soon.

KFHS Radio New Artist – Shelly Waters

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Out Now: Shelly Waters Releases Self-Titled Album “Shelly Waters”

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Americana singer-songwriter Shelly Waters is set to release her new, self-titled album on July 28, 2017. Evidence of Waters’ jambalaya-like recipe of sonic spices – and then some – are found within each of the dozen tasty tracks on Shelly Waters, which was recorded in Nashville with renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler. “I feel like this record is the true representation of what I feel when I play the music that I love. This is Shelly. This is me. This is a reflection, and this is a representation of me.”

Waters’ musical roots run as deep and wide as the mighty Mississippi River that snakes through her home state of Louisiana. Her sound is the epitome of the holy tonal trinity of blues, country, and rock. “I want my music to represent all of those genres – because that’s what I love best – and I love blending those sounds together,” Waters affirms. “Growing up in South Louisiana I listened to a lot of swamp pop, old R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll. Those tones and those iconic voices are what I’m drawn to and that’s what I feel the most comfortable singing. My music is Americana through and through.” The uniqueness of Waters’ powerful and haunting voice brings her music to life and her lyrics betray a life filled with twists, turns, and adventure.

From the very first time the pick hits the strings on the album’s opening track “Drink the Water,” resonances of the brilliant Etta James’ masterwork “I’d Rather Go Blind” flood your senses. “Red Hot Red” burns with a current classic country vibe. With “Jackpot” and “Knew You When,” the listener gets the first hint of what a Louisiana swamp would look, feel, and sound like. “Time for a Change” is a refreshing shift in pace that connects the musical dots back to the Bob Dylan nugget “I Want You.”

Song sequence on an album is so often key. On Shelly Waters, “Lost My Way” and “Blood Sweat and Tears” serve as the perfect opening acts for the oh-so-appropriate closing track, Waters’ terrific take on Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “Louisiana Rain.” The perfect sonic nightcap to an intoxicating collection of top-shelf tracks, the imagery of where the road and rain meet the Gulf Coast waters that haunts Petty’s number fits Waters’ long road to making music to a tee.

From intimate coffee shops to festival crowds of more than 10,000, Waters’ winding musical road has led her to share stages with a wide spectrum of artists as diverse as the legendary Loretta Lynn to the amazing Alynda Lee Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff). Waters has also shared a billing with Randall Bramblett, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown, Kitty Wells, Mel Tillis, and a host of other well-known musicians. While Waters’ unforgettable voice and unique blend of genres have captivated audiences for years, her journey began in a sleepy Louisiana town called Rayne. Shelly Pellerin Waters was born to a Cajun-French family and was raised on a farm in Rayne.

When she was 10 years old, she began taking guitar lessons, and, being a quick study, at the tender age of 11, Waters joined J.B. David and the Mule Skinners, a local French Cajun band. The band played in Cajun dance halls, private events, and music festivals as far away as Nova Scotia. Touring with a band and signing autographs was quite an adventure for an 11-year-old. After a year with the Mule Skinners, Waters started her own country band, Shelly and Southern Spice. The band played locally and regionally for many years. Along the way, Waters’ heartfelt rendition of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” – performed in a college beauty pageant – helped land her a chance to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana America.

As she entered her twenties, Waters had the stage chops of a showbiz lifer and she began getting inquiries from labels and others interested in helping her move to the next level. But this is where Waters’ story runs off the smooth, flat concrete of I-10 and into the murky bayou waters. “Life happened,” Waters demurs. Amazingly, she says this without a trace of regret.

Waters’ path has led her from Louisiana to Texas to South Carolina to Maine. Along the road she experienced the ups, downs, and thrills of life. Her ventures and adventures included earning a US Coast Guard Captain’s License, living for eight years on a sailboat in the South Carolina Lowcountry and sailing over 20,000 nautical miles. While Waters continued to dabble in music, it wasn’t until 2013 that she found her way into songwriting. Her debut album of original music, Drive, was produced by Grammy-nominated guitar phenomena Joe Taylor and released to critical acclaim in 2014. In 2016, Charleston City Paper selected her as a “Best of Charleston” Female Vocalist Nominee. Waters plans to tour in support of her forthcoming album; tour dates will be announced soon. www.shellywaters.net Read more at: http://top40-charts.com/news/Country/Out-Now-Shelly-Waters-Releases-Self-Titled-Album-Shelly-Waters/128564.html

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ANTIMUSIC Singled Out: Shelly Waters’ Jackpot

Acclaimed Americana star Shelly Waters released her new self-titled album today and to celebrate we asked her to share the awesome story behind the song “Jackpot”. Here is the story:

Track #3 of my 2017 self-titled CD, “Jackpot,” has a cool story behind it. In 2014, I was recording my album Drive with Joe Taylor, owner/producer of Salt Creek Recording Studio, a hidden gem tucked away in the brackish marsh of Bennetts Point, South Carolina. Joe and his wife Stacey are two of the most gracious people on the planet, and it was not long before they took me down to the local shrimp boat docks and seafood market, the gathering place for their tight-knit community, so I could meet their friends and neighbors. That night I met quite an eclectic group of wonderful folks who were kind, interesting and happy to meet a stranger. They welcomed me like a long lost friend. A couple days later when Joe mentioned the Operation Jackpot drug bust that occurred in the area during the mid-80’s and the possible (wink, wink) connection to some of the folks I met on the docks, I was fascinated and decided there had to be a song in there somewhere.

A book written by Jason Ryan, “Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs,” explained it all to me. Based in South Carolina, Operation Jackpot was a federal task force that captured and convicted more than 100 marijuana smugglers from 1983 – 86. College-educated and non-violent, two of the kingpins from South Carolina became known as the “gentlemen smugglers” and the Lowcountry coast was their favorite place for unloading drug-filled boats arriving from Jamaica, Columbia and Lebanon. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I had met one of the judges involved with the trial of the kingpins at one of my gigs and I realized it was quite possible the judge would not be the last person I would meet with a connection to Operation Jackpot. That came to fruition when I met another gentlemen at a different gig who had actually served prison time for his role in the smuggling operation! Small world!

I started the song and mentioned it to Mark Bryan (founding member/guitarist, Hootie & The Blowfish) during a songwriting session. We worked on it some that day, but I was a little distracted by a painful eye injury. (Note to self, corner of a cardboard box and your cornea do not play well together.) A few days later I finished up the song and started trying it out at gigs. People loved it so I decided to put it on this album. Musically, “Jackpot” is one of my favorites… producer/multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler played some killer guitar on the track and I think we really nailed the vibe and mood to the song’s inspiration.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Shelly Waters’ Self-Titled Album Due Out Tomorrow

Americana singer-songwriter Shelly Waters is set to release her new, self-titled album on July 28, 2017.  Evidence of Waters’ jambalaya-like recipe of sonic spices – and then some – are found within each of the dozen tasty tracks on Shelly Waters, which was recorded in Nashville with renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler. “I feel like this record is the true representation of what I feel when I play the music that I love. This is Shelly. This is me. This is a reflection, and this is a representation of me.”

Waters’ musical roots run as deep and wide as the mighty Mississippi River that snakes through her home state of Louisiana. Her sound is the epitome of the holy tonal trinity of blues, country, and rock. “I want my music to represent all of those genres – because that’s what I love best – and I love blending those sounds together,” Waters affirms. “Growing up in South Louisiana I listened to a lot of swamp pop, old R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll. Those tones and those iconic voices are what I’m drawn to and that’s what I feel the most comfortable singing. My music is Americana through and through.” The uniqueness of Waters’ powerful and haunting voice brings her music to life and her lyrics betray a life filled with twists, turns, and adventure.

From the very first time the pick hits the strings on the album’s opening track “Drink the Water,” resonances of the brilliant Etta James’ masterwork “I’d Rather Go Blind” flood your senses. “Red Hot Red” burns with a current classic country vibe. With “Jackpot” and “Knew You When,” the listener gets the first hint of what a Louisiana swamp would look, feel, and sound like. “Time for a Change” is a refreshing shift in pace that connects the musical dots back to the Bob Dylan nugget “I Want You.”

Song sequence on an album is so often key. On Shelly Waters, “Lost My Way” and “Blood Sweat and Tears” serve as the perfect opening acts for the oh-so-appropriate closing track, Waters’ terrific take on Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “Louisiana Rain.” The perfect sonic nightcap to an intoxicating collection of top-shelf tracks, the imagery of where the road and rain meet the Gulf Coast waters that haunts Petty’s number fits Waters’ long road to making music to a tee.

From intimate coffee shops to festival crowds of more than 10,000, Waters’ winding musical road has led her to share stages with a wide spectrum of artists as diverse as the legendary Loretta Lynn to the amazing Alynda Lee Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff). Waters has also shared a billing with Randall Bramblett, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown, Kitty Wells, Mel Tillis, and a host of other well-known musicians. While Waters’ unforgettable voice and unique blend of genres have captivated audiences for years, her journey began in a sleepy Louisiana town called Rayne.

Shelly Pellerin Waters was born to a Cajun-French family and was raised on a farm in Rayne. When she was 10 years old, she began taking guitar lessons, and, being a quick study, at the tender age of 11, Waters joined J.B. David and the Mule Skinners, a local French Cajun band. The band played in Cajun dance halls, private events, and music festivals as far away as Nova Scotia. Touring with a band and signing autographs was quite an adventure for an 11-year-old. After a year with the Mule Skinners, Waters started her own country band, Shelly and Southern Spice. The band played locally and regionally for many years. Along the way, Waters’ heartfelt rendition of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” – performed in a college beauty pageant – helped land her a chance to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana America.

As she entered her twenties, Waters had the stage chops of a showbiz lifer and she began getting inquiries from labels and others interested in helping her move to the next level. But this is where Waters’ story runs off the smooth, flat concrete of I-10 and into the murky bayou waters. “Life happened,” Waters demurs. Amazingly, she says this without a trace of regret.

Waters’ path has led her from Louisiana to Texas to South Carolina to Maine. Along the road she experienced the ups, downs, and thrills of life. Her ventures and adventures included earning a US Coast Guard Captain’s License, living for eight years on a sailboat in the South Carolina Lowcountry and sailing over 20,000 nautical miles. While Waters continued to dabble in music, it wasn’t until 2013 that she found her way into songwriting. Her debut album of original music, Drive, was produced by Grammy-nominated guitar phenomena Joe Taylor and released to critical acclaim in 2014. In 2016, Charleston City Paper selected her as a “Best of Charleston” Female Vocalist Nominee.

Waters plans to tour in support of her forthcoming album; tour dates will be announced soon.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Shelly-Waters-Self-Titled-Album-Due-Out-Tomorrow-20170727#

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Innocent Words Song Premiere: Shelly Waters “Louisiana Rain”

Shelly Waters’ musical roots run as deep and wide as the mighty Mississippi River that snakes through her home state of Louisiana. Her sound is the epitome of the holy tonal trinity of blues, country, and rock.

While Waters’ unforgettable voice and unique blend of genres have captivated audiences for years, her journey began in a sleepy Louisiana town called Rayne. Shelly Pellerin Waters was born to a Cajun-French family and was raised on a farm. When she was 10 years old her mother decided that her daughter needed a hobby and Waters was soon taking guitar lessons in the back of an auto parts store. A year later, Waters joined J.B. David and the Mule Skinners, a local French Cajun band, and toured North America.

By the time Waters hit her teen years she was fronting her own band and touring the Louisiana region up until her college years when life threw her a curve. Waters moved from Louisiana to Texas to South Carolina to Maine earning her US Coast Guard Captain’s License, living for eight years on a sailboat in the South Carolina Lowcountry and sailing over 20,000 nautical miles. The experiences led to Waters debut solo album in 2014 and now she returns with her latest self-titled offering.

Produced by multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler in Nashville, the dozen tracks on the self-titled album will be released July 28. They reflect Waters’ humble beginning growing up on the sounds of swamp pop, blues and rock & roll.

Innocent Words is honored to premier Waters’ take on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers song “Louisiana Rain.” We sat down with Shelly Waters and asked her about this haunting cover version.

Innocent Words: “Louisiana Rain” is fantastic Tom Petty song, which is one of his buried treasures. What inspired you to pick this song?

Shelly Waters: I grew up in South Louisiana, but the road of life has led me to Texas, South Carolina and now Maine. “Louisiana Rain” describes a transformative journey, not unlike my own. Louisiana will always be my home, but I’ve been shaped by twists and turns along my way.

Innocent Words: Your version is different from the original, which I appreciate. What was the mindset going into recording this track?

Shelly Waters: I worked with producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler on this album. He was intrigued that I wanted to cover a Tom Petty song and proclaimed early in the process that we would have to “make Tom proud.” This version is more stripped down than the original recording and my live version, but I believe it captures the essence of the song beautifully. While recording the vocals, I remember tearing up and getting a lump in my throat; that’s when I knew this would be a perfect finishing touch on the album.

Innocent Words: What do you think Tom Petty would think of this?

Shelly Waters: Great question! It would be super cool to know and I’d be humbled to hear the answer from the man himself.

Innocent Words: You mentioned you play this song live, what is the audience reaction?

Shelly Waters: I have played the song live many times. The amazing crowd response was a primary factor in deciding to cover the song for the album.

Innocent Words: Tom is a master songwriter, what is your favorite lyric in this song?

Shelly Waters: That’s easy: “I may never be the same, when I reach Baton Rouge.”

Innocent Words Song Premiere: Shelly Waters “Louisiana Rain”

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SONG PREMIERE: SHELLY WATERS’ “EVANGELINE” SPINS TALE OF LOST LOVE WITH HONEYED AMERICANA

Shelly Waters recently made the move from Charleston, SC to Portland, ME, and though it may be a huge cultural change going from the South to New England, she has managed to hold on to musical roots that trace back to her home state of Louisiana. Waters possesses a sound that feels like the epitome of the holy tonal trinity of blues, country, and rock. Her South Louisiana upbringing meant hearing swamp pop, old R&B, and rock ’n’ roll on a regular basis. Even all these years later, Waters still finds herself drawn to those styles of music despite being geographically removed from them, and they are what she is most comfortable singing. With her powerful and haunting voice Waters is able to bring her music to life and her lyrics betray a life filled with twists, turns, and adventure.

All of this can be heard on her new self-titled album, which is due out on July 28th. Over the course of a dozen tracks Waters translates the ups, downs, and thrills of life into soulful Americana. Today Glide Magazine is premiering one of the standout tracks on the album, “Evangeline”. Featuring the twang of Waters’ Rickenbacher alongside her honeyed vocals, the infectious tune feels like a love letter to a lost partner or perhaps a place close to one’s heart.

Listen to “Evangeline” and read our quick chat with Winters about the inspiration behind the song…

What inspired you to write this song? Is there a story behind it, something that prompted you to put pen to paper and create? Is there a real-life Evangeline? If so, has she heard the song?

The inspiration behind this song came from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, “Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.” The poem tells the story of a young couple, Evangeline and Gabriel, who were separated during the exile of the Acadians and who spent the rest of their lives searching for each other. Their heart wrenching search began in South Louisiana, where many exiles settled in what is known today as Acadiana or “Cajun” country. As a native of South Louisiana and Acadian descendent, the sad story is a vital link to a defining part of my Cajun history and culture. There have been songs written about Evangeline, but I took a different approach and wrote this from Gabriel’s perspective.

What was the recording process like for this song? What do you think this particular song brings to the album? How does it fit in with any themes that are part of the album overall?

“Evangeline” came together pretty quickly in the studio. From start to finish, it just felt good… Musically, it’s more on the easy-listening country rock side, and emotionally, it was my simple way to pay respect to my ancestors and stay connected to my South Louisiana roots.

I’ve heard that you are moving from Charleston to Portland, Maine. What will you miss most about Charleston and what are you most excited about in Portland?

Honestly, this move is bittersweet. I’m already missing my dear friends and sweet fans in the Lowcountry, but I am very excited about meeting new friends and fans in the Northeast.

Shelly Waters releases her self-titled album on July 28th. For more music and info visit shellywaters.net.

https://glidemagazine.com/188829/song-premiere-shelly-waters-spins-tale-lost-love-honeyed-americana-tune-evangeline/

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Musician-sailor Shelly Pellerin Waters to perform

The Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club will host world famous musician Shelly Waters as its featured entertainer for the 43rd annual BHYC Regatta on Saturday, July 29.

Shelly Waters’ musical roots run as deep and wide as the mighty Mississippi River that snakes through her home state of Louisiana. Her sound is the epitome of the holy tonal trinity of blues, country, and rock. From intimate coffee shops to festival crowds of 10,000+, Waters’ winding musical road has led her to share stages with a wide spectrum of artists as diverse as the legendary Loretta Lynn to the amazing Alynda Lee Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff).

Shelly Pellerin Waters was born to a Cajun-French family and was raised on a farm in Rayne, Louisiana. When she was 10 years, she began taking guitar lessons, and at the tender age of 11, Waters joined J.B. David and the Mule Skinners, a local Cajun French music band. The band played in Cajun dance halls, private events, and music festivals as far away as Nova Scotia. After a year with the Mule Skinners, Waters started her own country band, Shelly and Southern Spice and the band played locally and regionally for many years.

Since then, Shelly’s path has led her from Louisiana to Texas to South Carolina and now to Maine. Her ventures and adventures included earning a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license, living for eight years on a sailboat in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and sailing over 20,000 nautical miles (which included Newport – Bermuda and Marblehead – Halifax races) with her husband and life-long sailor, Dave. In 2014, the husband/wife team were 5th overall in the Newport Bermuda Race Double-Handed Division.

Recorded in Nashville with renowned producer/multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler, her new, self-titled album will be released on July 28 – the day before she appears at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club.

Call the BHYC front desk for dinner reservations: 633-5750. The Club is located at 156 Western Avenue/Route 27 in Boothbay Harbor.

http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/musician-sailor-shelly-pellerin-waters-perform/89322

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Innocent Words Presents IW10 with Shelly Waters

TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.

Hometown:
I was born and raised in South Louisiana in a small town called Rayne, Louisiana.

Members and Instruments:
Sometimes I’m solo, just me on vocals and acoustic guitar; other times it’s full band with drums, bass, electric guitar and steel guitar. I just moved to Portland, ME (from Charleston, SC) and starting to work my way into the music scene in this region. It’s a vibrant scene with lots of talent, so I’m looking forward to meeting some great musicians here.

Short Bio (in your own words):
When I was 10-years-old, it was my Mom’s idea that I learn how to play an instrument. Guitar lessons started and before long, we realized I could carry a tune, too. Within a year’s time, I was a member of a Cajun French music band, then ventured out and started my own country band at age 12. Shelly & Southern Spice was a great experience, but when I started to get the attention of people in the recording business, I panicked and put my guitar away for several years. A lot of life happened in the meantime, and I eventually hit the reset button, moved to Houston, TX, and picked up my guitar again. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I love playing music and entertaining and decided to start writing. I’m now about to release my second album and super excited about what the future holds.

What was the first live concert you ever went to?
My first country music concert was Reba McEntire and, if I remember correctly, Garth Brooks was there, too. My first rock & roll concert was Huey Lewis & The News; Robert Cray opened for him. Both super cool concerts to an aspiring entertainer.

What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
There have been several times when my mouth and a microphone = me saying something I should not be saying out loud. I do wish my inside voice was louder sometimes!

What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
My Lucchese cowboy boots, coconut water, and bourbon when each show is over.

What was the first record you ever purchased?
The first one that comes to mind is Bon Jovi’s ‘Slippery When Wet’ album. I absolutely loved it and turned it up as loud as my car speakers could handle!

If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
1) “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd
2) “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge
3) “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt
4) “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison
5) “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin

What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
Definitely digital, easier to listen to and share.

What is your website and do you have a music video to share?
Website is www.shellywaters.net. I have a YouTube channel with several videos and more videos for my upcoming album release are in the works… we expect these to premiere shortly. Stay tuned!

Innocent Words Presents IW10 with Shelly Waters

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PREMIERE: “RED HOT RED” BY SHELLY WATERS

Americana singer/songwriter Shelly Waters is set to release her new, self-titled album on July 28th. Recorded in Nashville with renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler, the 12-song concoction is as flavorful as the jambalaya made in her home state of Louisiana; her sound derives its spice from the holy trinity of blues, country, and rock. “I want my music to represent all of those genres – because that’s what I love best – and I love blending those sounds together,” Waters affirms. “Growing up in South Louisiana I listened to a lot of swamp pop, old R&B, and rock ’n’ roll. Those tones and those iconic voices are what I’m drawn to and that’s what I feel the most comfortable singing. My music is Americana through and through.”

Waters’ new single, “Red Hot Red,” is a 90s-esque country rocker, and brings levity to an otherwise heavy and serious tracklist. “I had written with fellow songwriter Rick Glaze several times before. During one of our sessions in his writing studio in Nashville, he suggested a hook line of “I’ll turn your blue blood red,” she recalls of the song’s origins. “I asked him to tell me more about it. He said he was dating a girl a few years ago in Nashville who was brought up in a privileged and high society… sometimes referred to as a ‘blue blood.’ As things go in romance, Rick proclaimed he was going to turn her blue blood red. I caught right on to the idea and couple hours later, ‘Red Hot Red’ was done,” she continues. “It was one of the most fun writing sessions I’ve ever done. We had a great time with ‘Red Hot Red.’” We’re pretty sure you will too.

Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Red Hot Red” by Shelly Waters.

Premiere: “Red Hot Red” by Shelly Waters

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NEW SHELLY WATERS CD DUE OUT JULY 28

Americana singer-songwriter Shelly Waters is set to release her new, self-titled album on July 28. Waters is the daughter of Jimmie and Charlene Pellerin of Rayne and is a 1986 graduate of Rayne High School. She last performed in Rayne on March 14, 2015, at the American Legion Home for the release party of her Drive CD.

Announcement and a review of Waters’ new CD was made recently on broadwayworld.com. It follows.
The Evidence of Waters’ jambalaya-like recipe of sonic spices — and then some — are found within each of the dozen tasty tracks on Shelly Waters, which was recorded in Nashville with renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler. “I feel like this record is the true representation of what I feel when I play the music that I love,” said Waters. “This is Shelly. This is me. This is a reflection, and this is a representation of me.”

Waters’ musical roots run as deep and wide as the mighty Mississippi River that snakes through her home state of Louisiana. Her sound is the epitome of the holy tonal trinity of blues, country, and rock. “I want my music to represent all of those genres — because that’s what I love best — and I love blending those sounds together,” Waters affirms. “Growing up in South Louisiana I listened to a lot of swamp pop, old R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll. Those tones and those iconic voices are what I’m drawn to and that’s what I feel the most comfortable singing.
“My music is Americana through and through.”

The uniqueness of Waters’ powerful and haunting voice brings her music to life and her lyrics betray a life filled with twists, turns, and adventure. From the very first time the pick hits the strings on the album’s opening track “Drink the Water,” resonances of the brilliant Etta James’ masterwork “I’d Rather Go Blind” flood your senses. “Red Hot Red” burns with a current classic country vibe. With “Jackpot” and “Knew You When,” the listener gets the first hint of what a Louisiana swamp would look, feel, and sound like. “Time for a Change” is a refreshing shift in pace that connects the musical dots back to the Bob Dylan nugget “I Want You.”
Song sequence on an album is so often key. On Shelly Waters, “Lost My Way” and “Blood Sweat and Tears” serve as the perfect opening acts for the oh-so-appropriate closing track, Waters’ terrific take on Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “Louisiana Rain.” The perfect sonic nightcap to an intoxicating collection of top-shelf tracks, the imagery of where the road and rain meet the Gulf Coast waters that haunts Petty’s number fits Waters’ long road to making music to a tee.

From intimate coffee shops to festival crowds of more than 10,000, Waters’ winding musical road has led her to share stages with a wide spectrum of artists as diverse as the legendary Loretta Lynn to the amazing Alynda Lee Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff). Waters has also shared a billing with Randall Bramblett, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown, Kitty Wells, Mel Tillis, and a host of other well-known musicians.

While Waters’ unforgettable voice and unique blend of genres have captivated audiences for years, her journey began in a sleepy Louisiana town called Rayne. Shelly Pellerin Waters was born to a Cajun-French family and was raised on a farm in Rayne. When she was 10 years old, she began taking guitar lessons, and, being a quick study, at the tender age of 11, Waters joined J.B. David and the Mule Skinners, a local French Cajun band. The band played in Cajun dance halls, private events, and music festivals as far away as Nova Scotia. Touring with a band and signing autographs was quite an adventure for the 11-year-old. After a year with the Mule Skinners, Waters started her own country band, Shelly and Southern Spice. The band played locally and regionally for many years. Along the way, Waters’ heartfelt rendition of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” — performed in a college beauty pageant — helped land her a chance to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana America.

As she entered her 20s, Waters had the stage chops of a showbiz lifer and she began getting inquiries from labels and others interested in helping her move to the next level. But this is where Waters’ story runs off the smooth, flat concrete of I-10 and into the murky bayou waters.
“Life happened,” Waters demurs. Amazingly, she says this without a trace of regret.
Waters’ path has led her from Louisiana to Texas to South Carolina and now to Maine. Along the road she experienced the ups, downs, and thrills of life. Her ventures and adventures included earning a US Coast Guard Captain’s License, living for eight years on a sailboat in the South Carolina Lowcountry and sailing over 20,000 nautical miles.

While Waters continued to dabble in music, it wasn’t until 2013 that she found her way into songwriting. Her debut album of original music, Drive, was produced by Grammy-nominated guitar phenomena Joe Taylor and released to critical acclaim in 2014. In 2016, Charleston City Paper selected her as a “Best of Charleston” Female Vocalist Nominee.

Waters plans to tour in support of her forthcoming album; tour dates will be announced soon.

https://www.raynetoday.com/news-local/new-shelly-waters-cd-due-out-july-28

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