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Singer-Songwriter Shelby Ann Shares Her Musical Journey and Upcoming Empowering Single

From Vinyl Records to Personal Empowerment: Discover the Inspirations and Sounds Behind Shelby Ann's Latest Release "You Let Me Down"

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We have the pleasure to have Shelby Ann here on Goathead today



GH: How did you get started as a singer-songwriter? Could you share a bit about your journey and what inspired you to pursue music?


Shelby Ann: When I was very young, my father used to play his old vinyl records he kept from when he was a teenager back in the 70's/80's, and we would sit around and just listen, and I fell in love with music through that. As I got older, I started doing choir and theatre in school, and then eventually decided to pick up the guitar, and it just kinda went from there. I ended up playing in a bunch of bands as a teen, and then once I graduated high school, I started touring and playing music full time.


GH: What is your creative process like when it comes to writing songs? Do you have any specific rituals or routines that help you get into the right mindset?


Shelby Ann: Every song I write comes to me in a different way, but I definitely draw inspiration from books. I'm a huge bookworm, and so a lot of what I write comes from how I interpret different stories. Of course, I incorporate my own personal life as well, but I like to put myself in the lens of other people/characters.


GH: Throughout your career, what have been some of the most memorable moments or experiences that have shaped you as an artist?


Shelby Ann: Opening for Lisa Loeb was a personal triumph for me, as I've been a huge fan of her music for a long time. But I think the best moments are when people in the audience truly connect with my music. When someone laughs or cries or smiles because of something I wrote, that's the best feeling in the world, and that's the goal as an artist.


GH: Can you tell us about any significant influences or musical styles that have impacted your sound and songwriting?


Shelby Ann: Well, I'm a huge fan of 90's rock, specifically the Foo Fighters. I'm a little obsessed with Dave Grohl, as I think he is the coolest musician ever and a low-key genius. I also am a huge fan of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and Sheryl Crow. I guess you could say my style is a blend of Classic Rock and 90's grunge with a hint of Americana.

GH: Your upcoming single, "You Let Me Down," sounds intriguing. Could you give us a sneak peek into the inspiration behind the song and what listeners can expect from it in terms of sound and message?


Shelby Ann: Well, I think the title speaks for itself, but essentially it's about feeling empowered to stand up for yourself when someone lets you down. I have always personally found it hard to express how I feel to people, and I wrote this song as kind of a message to myself that it's okay to tell someone how you feel, whether it's good or bad. Sometimes, it's necessary to keep a relationship intact. In the past, I've released music where I was trying to get a specific sound that I don't think truly represented how I want to present myself as an artist, and while I'm still truly proud of the music I've put out there, I'm really excited about this specific single because I think I finally achieved the sound I've always wanted.



 


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