A few days after his return from performing in the United Kingdom, veteran music producer and guitarist Jimmy Johnson sits in his small Sheffield recording studio and plays a CD of one of his artists, Shelly Bonet.
The CD, a collection of Bonet's demo recordings, soon fills the room with the smooth, classic sound Muscle Shoals was known for in the 1960s and '70s.
That sound, mixed with Bonet's powerful vocals, energizes Johnson, evoking reminders of his days in local recording studios as a musician during the heyday of the Muscle Shoals music industry.
"She is absolutely unbelievable," Johnson said of Bonet.
He should know. His studio is filled with music equipment, photos and gold records that are confirmations of his important contribution to the music industry.
“To whom it may concern,
I've been a song writer for many years, and have had songs recorded by artists such as Cher, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and Selena. Recently I have had success in Europe with major European acts such as Milow and Monrose, both of whose albums, including songs I wrote, reached the European top 5 earlier this year.
I had the pleasure of writing songs and recording demos with Shelly some years ago for her solo project. She is a terrific singer, and was easy and fun to work with. Her voice should be heard in the world, and I wish her all the best - and look forward to working with her again if the opportunity arises.
"I have been fortunate to work with some of the top vocalists in the music industry. Rarely does a vocalist step up to the mic and translate pure artistry - Shelly is the exception. Shelly has the ability to capture the emotion of the lyric as well as the vocal chops to deliver the performance."
Producer, Songwriter, Engineer
“I met Shelly quiet,sweet,and humble. Here love is The Blues,So on my anniversary date I asked her to sing she said, "I would love too" Keeping in mind I have only heard her with the 80's. When she started to sing her choice of song. I was speechless and for me thats a lot!! Her voice,soul,and spirit was one of the most AMAZING performaces I have ever heard.The music room has been standing room only since then when she is booked ! All I could think of is after this song I need to book her as my house band member. And I did, realizing one day she is going to spread those wings and fly. And I would be able to say, Yeah, I know Shelly she is a good friend of mine. She has been instrumental in building my business with music at Wabi-Sabi in Petersburg ,Va.
Shelly your AMAZING!!!!!!!
"Working with shelly is great! She is so easy to work with, talented, and delivers what she promises! She really helped the dub shine project, "Rain On Me" to do so well! Look forward to future projects and see what you have in store next!" DeLon Williamson