When Shelley was a teen she entered a songwriting contest that was held in her home town of Guelph (check out some pictures of Shelley as a little girl with her Dad). Shelley entered with the notion that she would participate so that she could network and gain as much knowledge as she possibly could. Since the contest was open to entrants from London, Toronto and Kitchener, Shelley had no idea that she would be the one walking out with a studio package from Phase One Studio in Toronto, not to mention a humongous smile!
After fronting numerous bands (Selection, Random Chants, Toronto Harbour , Night Moves) and touring all over Canada for 51 weeks of the year for more than 6 years, Shelley worked with some amazing talent. Earl Merrick, Guitarist from Roger Whittaker’s touring band, drew up a studio contract for their writing and recording sessions. Shelley then decided to concentrate on her songwriting and production skills and set up her own digital home studio.
Shelley began studying with Harriet Schock (Grammy winner of Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady) and then found her current songwriting mentor, Pat Pattison, from the Berklee College of Music.
She regularly attends songwriting workshops provided by SAC at Humber College, and will be attending the Berklee College of Music in August in Boston.
Shelley's been fortunate and has had material soar to the top 10 at www.mp3.com and has also had her songs covered by radio stations all over the world.
Her last CD was a rock CD entitled "1000 Miles" with one of the songs (If It Doesn’t Fit) receiving an award of excellence from UNISONG 1997.
Shelley is now writing and recording material for artists and producers from all genres including new country, pop, rock and r&b. Her song catalogue also contains material that has been used in national campaigns in Canada.
Future projects involve working alongside the Songwriters Association of Canada to help them launch a branch of SAC in her city of residence (Thunder Bay). This program will bring regional songwriting workshops to Thunder Bay, helping other songwriters fine tune their craft as well as giving songwriters the chance to come out and network with one another. Shelley will also be teaching songwriting at Confederation College in the fall of 2001.
Associations Shelley is affiliated with include:
Songwriter's Association of Canada
SESAC (U.S. Representation)
International Country Music Association
The International Songwriter's Association
In her spare time Shelley writes for the Independent Songwriters Magazine with a column entitled "SongScene", and a Toronto based publication for female musicians and songwriters entitled "Estrogen Music".
"When it comes to writing, I am truly obsessed. I will continue to grow, raising the bar as high as I possibly can, while making strong connections and friendships along the way."
Shelley Jacobson can be reached by E-Mail at; firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her main website at; http://www.shellsong.com.