NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2013)— Detroit singer/songwriter, musician and recording artist David Shelby announces his signing with Artist Events Nashville (AEN) for booking representation.
A performer “wired for sound” whose talents are branded by his roots, Shelby is no stranger to large audiences and center stage. An early prodigy, David was contracted to form an entire horn section for The Wolfman Jack Fabulous 50s Tour at the young age of 17. His talents led him to join Motown and heritage acts who tapped Shelby to play trumpet as a full-time member, touring internationally with award-winning recording artists such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Turtles, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Stevie Wonder, Davy Jones (The Monkees), opening for Styx and Foreigner, and playing before sold-out crowds at some of the world’s largest venues such as DTE Energy Concert Venue and First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (formerly The World Music Theater) in Chicago. Most recently, the front man of his own rock infused country band, Shelby opened for Hank Williams, Jr. at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. His stage experience and theatrical training have offered him invaluable insight, perspective and the skillful ability to be a proficient music translator.
“Artist Events Nashville has an admirable ‘roll-up your sleeves’ work ethic to help independent artists make his or her mark as live performers,” said Shelby. “I’m ready to go to work and it’s nice to know I have a group of believers behind me to put me to work!”
Shelby made his entry into the country music scene as official with his debut single release, “Kick A Little Dirt Around,” (ON RADIO NOW!–CDX Vol. 568/Track No.10); the tune, met with overwhelming welcome by radio and its listeners, is making an impression on folks across the country and the pond. The single is the lead from his amply titled, seven-song CD, RUST BELT COWBOY, now available via all major Internet outlets.
Joining the inner circles of the Nashville community, David has worked alongside famed-industry record producers Ed Seay (Martina McBride/Willie Nelson/Blake Shelton), Russ Zavitson/Zavitson Music Group (Billy Ray Cyrus) and Mark Burch (Billy Currington). He has recently aligned with veteran Sony Music Executive Ed Gertler who is spearheading the David Shelby promotions and marketing team. The single radio promotion (“Kick A Little Dirt Around”) is supported by some of the industry’s most successful (Jan Woods, Jack Pride and Jerry Duncan Promotions); Club Connection (under the Marco Promotions umbrella) headed up the corresponding “Kick A Little Dirt Around” club promotion campaign.
“David brings a Detroit rock n’roll grit to the country music format–not customarily seen on country music stages. The addition of the trumpet to his show offers a dramatic sound to his already creative performance and lends itself well to being a must-see ‘attraction’ to draw audiences of all ages and in boosting ticket sales,” said AEN President, Gary Kirves. “In both performance and sound, David Shelby is refreshing and energetic, encompassing both Detroit culture and the signature musicianship of Nashville. Tim Gray’s insight in recognizing David’s team of professionals surrounding him to position him as a career artist is one of the very reasons David came up on AEN’s radar; it was a done deal for us after we experienced his talent. We are very proud to represent such a multi-talented artist.” [Tim Gray is responsible agent (RA).]
Shelby joins the Artist Events Nashville roster boasting acts such as Atlanta Rhythm Section, David Ball, George Ducas, Exile, Lucas Hoge Brandon Jenkins, Jason Link, Rachele Lynae, McKenzies Mill, Juice Newton Matt Stillwell, The Devonshires and Waymore’s Outlaws.
Shelby is currently touring the Northeast promoting his CD, RUST BELT COWBOY.
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