Dubois loves country music. Her songs remind you of ever-changing prairie
skies, familiar country roads, a pair of comfortable boots and the favorite
songs that played on the truck stereo on the way into town. Her music has both
a rural charm and an urban polish which makes the sincerity of her music even
and raised in Peace River, Alberta, Shelly was influenced by country
classics, and songs about the strong family values of the working class. Her
father worked in the oil industry as a truck driver and her mother stayed at
home, raising her and her four siblings. The musically rich environment
inspired Dubois to sing along to her parent’s record collection, learning songs
by artists such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton and many more.
At the age
of eight, Shelly picked up her mother’s accordion and began her musical
journey. It wasn’t long before she had a guitar in hand, strumming and singing
the songs of home and connecting some of her own experiences to music. “I
love to sing songs that tell a story and create a connection with the listener.
It’s a great feeling”, she says.
Throughout her teenage and early adult years, Shelly played
in various country bands learning her craft and enjoying performing for
audiences at rodeos, fairs, festivals and special occasions. Although Shelly chose to only perform on
weekends so she could be home to raise her family, a professional music career
was always something that she one day wanted to pursue.
In May 2008, Shelly Dubois released
her debut CD ‘I’m Not Looking Back’. All ten songs are penned by Dubois -
‘About Men’, ‘I’m Not Lookin’ Back’ and ‘Time for Leavin’ and all receive
internet radio in Canada,
the United States, Austria, France
and the Netherlands.
Having experienced the loss of
her daughter to brain cancer shortly after the release of her debut CD, Shelly
set all business aside and focused her attention to her family. “I
thought I would never sing again,” says Dubois, “But with the encouragement
from family, friends and my music family, I slowly eased back into my music and
found that it was actually healing for me.”
In memory of her
daughter Chantal, the Dubois family established “The Chantal Dubois Memorial Fund”, a resource
available for families that find themselves in need of financial assistance
during their child’s battle with cancer. Three dollars of each CD sale is
donated to this fund, as well as other monies raised through fundraising
performances. Since 2010, over $10,000
has been donated to various families going through this crisis.
Shelly’s latest single “This Town” was written by one of Nashville's hit
songwriters Gretchen Peters. She loved the song the first time she heard
it. It reminded her or her home town and she was excited to have a great song
that would give her listeners the opportunity to revisit their roots too, if
only for a few musical moments. The song was produced by Canadian Country
Music Award winner Bart McKay in Saskatoon, Sask. Respected for the quality of the albums he
produces, McKay and Dubois met at the CCMA's in Edmonton, and the project was a go. “This
Town” was released to Canadian Country Radio in May 2012 and is getting airplay
in Western Canada, France
and the Netherlands and has
had features on JRFM’s New Country Challenge in Vancouver
BC, YL Country’s Catch and Release in Peace River, AB and
Country 103’s Emerging Artist Showdown in Kamloops,
by the connection between music and her audiences, Dubois is a performer who
truly values her audience and appreciates each opportunity to perform, whether
it’s a small intimate venue or large festival stages. She embraces each
opportunity whether she is performing solo, as a duo, a trio, or with a band
and she has been in the company of artists such as Duane Steele, Chad Brownlee,
Hey Romeo, Jason Blaine, Dean Brody, Jetty Road, Sawyer Brown, Lonestar, at
events such as Merritt Mountain Music Fest, Calgary Stampede and Sunfest
Country Music Festival in Duncan, BC.
Shelly’s clear country voice, authentic
style and sense of humor continues to attract a growing fan base. And
with the support of her fans, family and friends, Shelly looks forward to
providing country music for years to come.
After living on Vancouver Island for the past seven years, Shelly is excited to be living back in Alberta and being part of the Alberta country music scene.