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Velvet Freeze / Bio

Velvet Freeze was formed in 1996 after siblings Josh (vocals / guitars) & Stephanie Shelton (bass / backup vocals) worked together to create the EP, "Acknowledging the Significance of an Uneventful February". Based on the EP, Velvet Freeze received several recording offers in 1996 eventually signing a production deal with Berry Music Group / Enneagram Records. The 15 song album, "Nectarine Fragrance Soft as New Draping Velvet", known as "Nectarine", was the result of the production deal which featured Max Berry as producer, Dave Jenkins as mix engineer, and a number of high profile guest musicians. Tim Mayer joined as full-time gigging drummer for a couple of years followed by Dave Handley, who played drums from 2002 until the Velvet Freeze Hiatus in 2006. By the time Nectarine was released in 1999, Enneagram was not in a position to promote or distribute the album leading to the dissolution of the contract. Meanwhile, the single "Circle" from "Nectarine" became the most popular song in Missouri on the site MP3.com. In 2002, Velvet Freeze released a live EP recorded at the "The Hurricane" in Kansas City entitled, "Live in the Key of D". "Live in the Key of D" featured several songs off of "Nectarine" along with a couple of new songs. Velvet Freeze then went on to co-produce their second album, "Wearwithal", with Steve Phillips (Rainmakers / The Elders). "Wearwithal" featured the trio of Josh & Stephanie Shelton, along with Dave Handley on drums and showcased a much more rock oriented collection of tunes that had been honed through many regional live performances. "Wearwithal" contained several tunes that were added to college radio stations throughout the US and led to a publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music - home to Elvis Presley. Velvet Freeze continued to perform locally and regionally and gained the attention of Corey Taylor (Slipknot / Stone Sour) in 2005 which led to increased regional visibility. By 2006, after 10 years of performance and many close calls of making it to the big leagues, Velvet Freeze decided to go on hiatus. All three member continued to perform in various projects and in 2012, founding members Josh and Stephanie decided to reboot Velvet Freeze as a more organic, acoustic oriented project featuring Shawn Mock on percussion. The first reunion show was performed at 'The Green Dog Gallery" in September, 2012 to a surprisingly positive response. In 2014, Dave Handley rejoined the band for a reunion show at The Roxy. The show was so much fun, Velvet Freeze has decided to do a few more shows and work on some new tunes for release in late 2014. Musically, the band can be described as a combination of rock, pop, soul, and funk. Lyrically, the songs are introspective, sometimes abstracted views of life. Velvet Freeze thanks all of the fans and friends who have supported them in the past and look forward to forging new ground in the years to come.

General Info

Band Members
Joshua Shelton - Vocals / Guitars, Stephanie Shelton - Bass / Vocals, Shawn Mock - Percussion
Artist Name
Velvet Freeze
Profile Page
Active Since
Alternative / Rock / Pop

Contact Info

Kansas City, MO
J.Suede Productions