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.

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