HAWK Talent Series – David Shelby [VIDEO]
I want to introduce you to David Shelby. This Detroit born singer/songwriter is much like a finely manufactured automobile, David "delivers" with lyrical precision and production polish when he sings songs from his brand new EP called "Oh Yeah."
“I really am a product of my upbringing. We’ve [Detroit] suffered a life threatening and paralyzing heart attack, rebuilt and restructured, and we’re a community that has learned to live and thrive. Detroit is a melting pot of cultures and mechanics and I’m the porridge! We like our beer cold and our cars hot; we’re Blue Collar workers who play hard and have a soft spot in our big industrial heart for country music. My surroundings have helped me to relate to, and understand, an international spectrum of personalities and depth of emotions that, in turn, enable me to perform on a level seated right next to the listener. My job, now, is to get them up and outta those seats!”
David Shelby may be a new name to you but he's far from being new at his craft. David plays the trumpet and was raised on playing the accordion. He also is proficient on the guitar and piano.
David has toured internationally with some of the biggest names in music, including The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Turtles, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Stevie Wonder, Davy Jones (The Monkees), opening for Styx and Foreigner, and playing before sold-out crowds at some of the world’s largest venues such as DTE Entergy Concert Venue and First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (formerly The World Music Theater) in Chicago.
“My road experience has enabled me an optimum education and priceless perspective of the music and entertainment world. I have a genuine understanding of structure and mechanics, song construction, and what it means to be an ‘entertainer’—to welcome the audience and emote an expressive reaction whether it’s a love song, about a break-up, or a “hell-yeah” party song, I want to invite the listeners to join me in an emotional rollercoaster ride! Am I going to out-sing Andrea Bocelli or Keith Whitley, ‘no,’ but I can hang my hat on my musicianship and my end-all-be-all desire to entertain.”
Meeting David in person, there is no doubt he is dedicated to country music; he knows where it's been and where it might be headed. He probably has more talent than most of today's biggest country stars but with his humble attitude and personality, David keeps that all in check. David Shelby may just be the new face to watch.
“We want to make the music that we know how to make; so, we bring Motor City flavor to Music City tradition; the chrome is polished and shined and the lyrics simple and classic to satisfy both cultures in a ‘happily every after’ end product!”
In the words of Cash: “I got it one piece at a time and it didn’t cost me a dime / You’ll know it’s me when I come through your town / I’m gonna ride around in style / I’m going to drive everybody wild / ‘Cause I’ll have the only one there is around”