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Where The Owl Was

Shelly Hughes
Where The Owl Was

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Released Monday June 11 2012

 The owl has landed…

The long-awaited release of what is soon to be an Australian soul classic has arrived.

 Her new album is a thoughtful response to a long anticipated soul and R&B pilgrimage to USA in 2011. Immersing herself in the sights and sounds of the homeland of soul and Jazz, these stunning tunes have effortlessly flown from her pen, to roost in your ear nests.

Shelly's mellifluous style is eclectic and unique, instantly recognizable as seasoned pro. Drawing on a wide range of timbres and influences she crystallizes her broad tastes in a unique powerhouse.

Born on the bayou that is Ballina, Shelly Hughes was born to merge folk, jazz, blues and soul music into her way of life. Since the age of fifteen, when her father shoved her first guitar into her arms, this girl has been entertaining the public of the Far North Coast of NSW and beyond.

In 1999/2000, Shelly’s first self produced album, “Calm You Down”, was in high rotation at 2NCR FM, as well as on air at Bay FM and Nim FM, and was a hit with the college crowd and the cow country folks alike.

Not satisfied with having produced only one album so far, in 2002 Shelly enlisted a crack team of twenty or so musicians to produce her second album; a folk, jazz and groove album called “Feel So Free”. Taking a grasp from the past Shelly recorded the album to 2 inch tape, old school style and the quality of sound and the quality of performance is great.

She produced 2 more EPs (“Azucar” 2006) & (“The Good Shoes” 2008) recorded at the fabled 301 studios in Byron, (part of the SAE’s creative media institute) and continued her performing live.

Shelly features with bands such as ‘CBD Dub Project’, dub/electronica freaks ‘Red Bantoo’, playing numerous festivals (Woodford, Island Vibes, Peats Ridge, CAMA {Vietnam}, York Jazz WA, Mullum Music Fest, Drum’n’Bass BBQ), gigs, clubs, bars, weddings, no bar mitzvahs really, but every where else. Whether cooking vocals on funk, groove, dub, jazz standards or folk fondues, Shelly Hughes has a voice you have to hear.

Through her work with Red Bantoo, Shelly developed a collaboration with a suave cat on keyboards, the versatile Mr Dan Brown and started to play duo gigs with Dan at venues like The Harvest Café in Newrybar, St Elmo Dining in Byron. They started to work on cooking up the brand new album by Shelly Hughes: “Where the Owl Was”. A new direction in Shelly’s musical career, this album is a cool urbane soul collection. Written by Shelly or co-written with Dan this album contains the makings of a modern classic. On the album are the amazing vocal renderings of Shelly Hughes accompanied by musicians in the calibre of Dan Brown (keys and bass), Thierry Fossemalle (double bass), Pete Wilkins and Grant Gerathy (drums), Tim Foley (percussion) and the smooth vocal harmonies of Sonia Leeson, Carla Versitano and Te Ua Houkamau (of the Melbourne Opera Company). If that’s not enough talent on one disc for you, the album was partly recorded and wholly mixed by Mr James Boundy, of Sonic Artistry, and mastered by the north coast’s resident music wizard, Michael Worthington. This new CD is so cool and emotive you’ll want to buy two copies so you don’t wear one out.

Released in June 2012 through Vitamin Records, the new CD will enthral you, entice you, seduce you and make you want to dance with a friend with the lights off.

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