It took a decade of recording experience producing ten albums before Shelby Lynne received her first Grammy – oddly enough in the Best New Artist category. Lynne had spent the years searching for her musical identity. Lynne’s work ranged through country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, Western swing, jazz, and adult contemporary pop.
When she found her sound, she was embraced by the country mainstream and rock critics.
Shelby Lynne was born in Virginia but grew up in Alabama, the daughter of an alcoholic, violent father. After Shelby’s mother fled with her and her sister, Shelby’s father found them. Shelby witnessed her father shoot her mother to death in the driveway, then kill himself. Shelby took charge of raising her and her sister, musician Allison Moorer from that point forward.
Shelby Lynne has continued to experiment with her musical style, switching from a slicker pop sound to a darker sparse sound before releasing her highest charting album, 2008’s Just A Little Lovin. The album was a tribute to Dusty Springfield.
Shelby Lynne’s most recent work came last year with Shelby Lynne, recorded during the filming of the unreleased independent film “When We Kill The Creators,” her collaboration with lyricist, director, and screenwriter, Cynthia Mort. In the film, Lynne portrays a conflicted artist struggling between art and commerce.