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Born in Eastern Kentucky, Shelley May grew up listening to country music on the radio. with a strong hearted mother with faith in her daughter. she traveled thousands of miles taking her to many shows to perform .Her first introduction to singing was at the early age of 5 in her church choir. Music was something Shelley loved, and wanted to make a career out of. At the age of 7, She entered her first singing competition, winning 1st place in the Colgate Coal Country Showdown. She continued to sing and eventually moved to Nashville Tennessee. Shelley quickly realized that making it in country music was not going to be easy, nor quick. Living in her car with her newborn baby son, and no income to eat or live on, she applied for a housekeeping position at the famous Opryland Hotel. While working one day, she was singing while making beds and overheard by the hotel manager. He was taken with the richness or Shelley's voice, and jokingly stated "your hired". 3 days later, Shelley was performing on a Nashville landmark, the Delta Boats thanks to the managers recommendation. She performed on the delta boats, and hung out around the Grand Ole Opry on her spare time. Shelly joyfully remembers not having the money to get in the opry and says Little Jimmy Dickinson was running late for the show and he took her through the back door of the opry and she saw the show from backstage Shelley had the fortune to perform with artists such as Louise Mandrell, John Conley, Ronnie Milsap, Earl Thomas Connolly, John Michael Montgomery, Mel McDaniel, Jim Ed Brown, and others. After a 2 years of performing, having some exciting opportunities, but her career never taking off, Shelley lost her grandfather whom was her most devout fan and supporter. This was a decisive juncture in her life, so in 2001 she decided to take her career to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Shelley opened a restaurant, which quickly became known for it's good food, and live entertainment. Shelley's became a late night hangout for local artists and performers. This led to some beneficial connections in the music industry, one of which was former MCA Artist Relations Director, Walter Haynes. Walter was well known in Nashville for his work with Willie Nelson and Jeannie Pruitt to name a few. Walter's wife Cindy became Shelley's vocal coach, which also led to Shelley beginning to perform at a local venue named "Oldie's Dinner Theater". Shelley went on to perform at several venues around the Pigeon Forge area in the years to follow. Her main focus during this time was raising her 2 sons, daughter, and making a home for them. Now that Shelley is an empty nester, she is ready to continue her pursuit of her singing career. Since her reemergence, she has performed at several local festivals, and is scheduled to perform at the Sevier County and Tennessee Valley Fairs. Shelly is what we call in the business a real deal. she has been in the valley of life.
she has beat cancer , lived her dream of singing and writing , and her greatest accomplishment has been her three great children.
she says with a smile on her face " life can never make me bitter just better" and better is just what it has become for Shelley. A brand new come back is planned for 2014, she has some great things on the horizion . she plans to work with Gospel singer and songwriter Gerald Crabb.