Shelley Miller and her bandmates in Soft Ledges make music to rip the curtains between darkness and light. Hard, delicate, sinewy, soulful music, music driven as much by Miller's skin-of-your-teeth storytelling as by the band's carefully-crafted guitar lines and shake-your-teeth noise. Think Radiohead by way of Neko Case by way of Thurston Moore by way of Wilco by way of rusty bicycles and midnight thunderstorms and beer and sobriety and too much coffee and not enough sleep.
Shelley Miller is also an acclaimed songwriter and solo artist. Winner of the 2012 Sandy Lee Songfest Songwriting Contest and finalist in the 2012 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest, she pens darkly soulful tunes about life just outside the lines. Folk? Perhaps...late-night jukebox folk. Gospel for non-believers folk. Had-one-too-many-and-lived-to-tell folk. Rock hymns for the unhemmed folk.
She's released 4 solo albums, most recently 2012's "February". Shelley has performed at venues and festivals around the country including: The National Women's Music Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, the Chicago Country Music Festival and The Chicago Folk and Roots Festival. Four of her tunes appear in the soon-to-be-released indie movie 'Critical Nexus'.
"A songwriter's songwriter...Miller inhabits her songs like a second skin..." - Wildy's World
Finalist - 2012 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
Official Showcase - 2012 Folk Alliance Midwest (FARM) Conference
Semifinalist - 2012 Dallas Songwriters' Association Songwriting Contest
Semifinalist - 2012 Show Me the Music Songwriting Contest
"Shelley Miller is a songwriter’s songwriter; the sort that other artists will pick through her catalog over time for songs to cover. While this is true, it’s hard to imagine most artists interpreting Miller’s songs with the same mix of comedy, tragedy and warm-hearted grit that she manages on When It’s All Gone, You Come Back. Miller inhabits her songs like a second skin..."
- Wildy's World, March 2010