It starts with a song, a song that can take your breath away or leave you with a tear in your eye. Add to this a beautiful,
clear, natural voice as strong as anybody coming out of
Robert McCourty, Artistic Director
Island Folk Festival –
Dubois’ music is honest and from the heart with a spirited energy that, in combination with Dubois’ melodious voice and, playful twangy guitars, will make you want to get up and dance and sing along at the top of your lungs.
Shelly Dubois loves country music. You can hear it when you listen to her sing.
A Peace River,
Her father worked in the oil industry as a truck driver and her mother stayed at home, raising their five children. The musically rich environment inspired Dubois to sing along to her parent’s record collection, learning songs by artists such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton and many more.
At the age of eight, Dubois picked up her mothers accordion and two years later, she had a guitar in hand – strumming and singing to songs of home.
“I love to sing songs that tell a story and create a connection with the listener. It’s a great feeling”, says Dubois.
In May 2008, Dubois released
her debut CD ‘I’m Not Looking Back’. All ten songs are penned by Dubois - ‘About Men’, ‘I’m Not Lookin’ Back’ and ‘Time for Leavin’
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Having experienced the loss of her daughter to brain cancer shortly after the release of her debut CD, Dubois’ set all business aside and focused her attention to her family.
“I thought I would never sing again,” says Dubois, “But with the encouragement from family, friends and my music family, I slowly eased back into my music and found that it was actually healing for me.”
Dubois delivers a powerful and ‘bigger than life’ performance with her rich, smoky voice and authentic style and has been compared to artists such as Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) and Stevie Nicks.
From small intimate venues to large festival stages, she embraces all chances to get before her fans. Dubois enjoys performing solo, as a duo, a trio or with a band and has been in the company of artists such as Duane Steele, Chad Brownlee, Hey Romeo, Jason Blaine, Dean Brody, Jetty Road, Sawyer Brown, Lonestar, at events such as Merritt Mountain Music Fest, Calgary Stampede and Sunfest Country Music Festival in Duncan, BC.
Driven by the power of music, Dubois is all about family and giving back. She is a proud supporter of the British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parents Association (BCCCPA), as well as the Chantal Dubois Memorial Fund – a foundation to which she and her family founded. Dubois proudly donates three dollars of each CD sale to the Chantal Dubois Memorial Fund which supports other families whose child(ren) are in need of financial assistance during their battle with Cancer.