Shelly Dubois loves country music. Her songs remind you of ever-changing prairie skies, familiar country roads, a pair of comfortable boots and the favorite songs that played on the truck stereo on the way into town. Her music has both a rural charm and an urban polish which makes the sincerity of her music even more appealing.
Born and raised in
At the age of eight, Shelly picked up her mother’s accordion and began her musical journey. It wasn’t long before she had a guitar in hand, strumming and singing the songs of home and connecting some of her own experiences to music. “I love to sing songs that tell a story and create a connection with the listener. It’s a great feeling”, she says.
Throughout her teenage and early adult years, Shelly played in various country bands learning her craft and enjoying performing for audiences at rodeos, fairs, festivals and special occasions. Although Shelly chose to only perform on weekends so she could be home to raise her family, a professional music career was always something that she one day wanted to pursue.
In May 2008, Shelly 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’ all receive internet radio in
Having experienced the loss of her daughter to brain cancer shortly after the release of her debut CD, Shelly 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.”
In memory of her daughter Chantal, the Dubois family established “The Chantal Dubois Memorial Fund”, a resource available for families that find themselves in need of financial assistance during their child’s battle with cancer. Three dollars of each CD sale is donated to this fund, as well as other monies raised through fundraising performances. Since 2010, over $10,000 has been donated to various families going through this crisis.
Shelly’s latest single “This Town” was written by one
Empowered by the connection between music and her audiences, Dubois is a performer who truly values her audience and appreciates each opportunity to perform, whether it’s a small intimate venue or large festival stages. She embraces each opportunity whether she is performing solo, as a duo, a trio, or with a band and she 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.
Shelly’s clear country voice, authentic style and sense of humor continues to attract a growing fan base. And with the support of her fans, family and friends, Shelly looks forward to providing country music for years to come.