Shelby Lynne performing at Antone's club in Austin Texas, April 2008
|Birth name||Shelby Lynn Moorer|
|Born||October 22, 1968|
|Origin||Quantico, Virginia, United States|
|Genres||Country, pop, rock|
|Labels||Epic (1988–1992) |
Morgan Creek / Mercury (1993–1994)
Magnatone / Curb (1995–1996)
Lost Highway (2007–2009)
Shelby Lynne (born Shelby Lynn Moorer, October 22, 1968, Quantico, Virginia) is an American singer and songwriter. The success of the 1999 album I Am Shelby Lynne led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, even though she had, by that time, been active in the music industry for some time. She released a Dusty Springfield tribute album called Just a Little Lovin' in 2008. Since then she has started her own independent record label, called Everso Records, and released three albums: Tears, Lies and Alibis, Merry Christmas, and Revelation Road. Lynne is also known for her distinctive contralto voice.
 Early life
Shelby Lynne was born in Virginia but grew up in Mobile, Alabama,where she attended Theodore High School. Music was an important part of the Moorer family. Her father, who worked as an English teacher and a juvenile corrections officer, played the guitar, while her mother was a singer. Her father also drank a lot and eventually became abusive. In August 1986, when Lynne was 17, her father shot and killed her mother and then himself. She and her younger sister Allison Moorer subsequently moved in with relatives.
 Early career
Lynne appeared on TNN's country music show Nashville Now in 1987. She soon landed a recording contract with Epic Records. Her first recording for Epic was a duet with George Jones, "If I Could Bottle This Up", which became a top-50 hit in 1988. Epic teamed Lynne with producer Billy Sherrill for her 1989 debut album Sunrise. The follow-up, 1990's Tough All Over, took more of a mainstream country direction, and 1991's Soft Talk found Lynne moving into slick country-pop.
Lynne placed several songs on the country charts during this period, but none managed to break into the top 20. Critics generally regarded her as a promising talent, and she won the ACM's Top New Female Vocalist in 1990.
However, she was tiring of the lack of control she was afforded over her image and musical direction. She split from Epic and signed with the smaller Morgan Creek label, debuting with 1993's Temptation, an exercise in Bob Wills-style Western swing and big band jazz. The label folded not long after, and she moved on to Magnatone for 1995's Restless, which marked a return to contemporary-style country. Afterward, Lynne disappeared from recording for several years.
Lynne moved to Palm Springs, California in 1998. For her next record, she worked with producer and songwriter Bill Bottrell. The result was the confessional and eclectic alternative country album I Am Shelby Lynne. "That album came from the most vulnerable, desperate place," she recalled years later. "I think about it every day." Island Def Jam released the album in England during the fall of 1999 and then in the U.S. the following year, to wide critical acclaim. At the 43rd Grammy Awards, held on February 21, 2001, she won the award for Best New Artist. "Thirteen years and six albums to get here," said Lynne during her acceptance speech.
Her 2001 follow-up album Love, Shelby was produced by Glen Ballard and featured a slicker, more pop-influenced sound. The album received mixed reviews. One of the songs, "Killin' Kind", also appeared on the soundtrack of the film Bridget Jones's Diary.
Lynne took a more low-key approach on her next effort. Identity Crisis was self produced, recorded largely in her home studio and with few additional musicians. Many of the 12 tracks focused on dark themes, but there were also lighter songs such as "One With the Sun" (inspired by a conversation she had with Willie Nelson). The album found a home on Capitol Records and was released in September 2003. The critics gave her high marks; AllMusic's Thom Jurek wrote, "There is no identity crisis here, just the indelible mark of a mature, intense, always engaging artist." Suit Yourself (2005) also received praise from critics. However, neither record was commercially successful.
 Recent career
Her album Just a Little Lovin', released in early 2008 by Lost Highway Records, paid tribute to the late British singer Dusty Springfield. The producer was Phil Ramone, who had worked with Springfield on "The Look of Love". Just A Little Lovin' became the highest charting album of Lynne's career, reaching number 41 on the Billboard 200. In a review for Entertainment Weekly, Marc Weingarten wrote that the album "is a stark reminder of Lynne's empathetic skill as an interpreter". The sparse production and extremely well recorded nature of the album, combined with its song selection have made this album a favorite audiophile "demo" recording and as a result the album has recently been reissued on audiophile-grade 200g vinyl as well as SACD.
Following a dispute with Lost Highway, Lynne started her own label, called Everso Records. "I plan on taking advantage of my freedom and working hard and putting out a lot of records," she said in an interview. The first release was her album Tears, Lies and Alibis (2010). She followed up later that year with the holiday album Merry Christmas, featuring such classics as "Christmas Time Is Here" and "O Holy Night". The third and most recent release is Revelation Road (2011), on which she played all the instruments.
 Additional projects
Lynne performed the John Lennon song "Mother" at Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music in October 2001 and at Theatre Within's 30th annual Lennon tribute in November 2010.
She has worked professionally with Allison Moorer. On Moorer's live album Show, released in 2003, Lynne performed three duets with her sister. Lynne wrote "She Knows Where She Goes", one of the songs featured on Moorer's 2008 album Mockingbird. The two sisters performed five concerts together during what they called the Side by Side tour. The concerts took place from October through December 2010 in San Francisco, New York, Virginia, and Alabama.
In 2002, she sang a duet with Raul Malo (formerly of the Mavericks) on his first solo-album Today. The song is titled "Takes Two To Tango". In 2004, Lynne was featured in a duet version of alternative rock band Live's song "Run Away." This rendition can be found on the band's greatest hits compilation Awake: The Best of Live. Also in 2004, she sang a duet entitled "Can't Go Back Home", on Tony Joe White's album " The Heroines ". In 2007, she performed background vocals on Marc Cohn's fourth album, Join the Parade. She contributed to Forever Cool, a 2007 album from Capitol/EMI featuring contemporary artists in duets with the late Dean Martin. Alongside Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lynne performed a duet of one of Martin's best known tunes, "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You".
Lynne has taken on a few acting roles. She portrayed Johnny Cash's mother Carrie in the 2005 film Walk the Line. She appeared in a 2009 episode of the Lifetime drama series Army Wives as a country singer trying to reunite with her son. She played herself in an episode of the Starz comedy series Head Case.
 Studio albums
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US Country |
|US Heat |
|US Indie |
|US Folk |
|US Rock |
|Tough All Over|| ||31||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Soft Talk|| ||55||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|I Am Shelby Lynne|| ||—||165||18||—||—||—||—||94|
|Love, Shelby|| ||—||109||1||—||—||—||—||128|
|Identity Crisis|| ||—||160||5||—||—||—||—||—|
|Suit Yourself|| ||—||—||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|Just a Little Lovin'|| ||—||41||—||—||—||—||58||129|
|Tears, Lies and Alibis|| ||—||108||—||16||3||36||—||—|
|Merry Christmas|| ||—||—||—||—||9||—||—||—|
|Revelation Road|| ||—||169||—||28||6||42||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
 Holiday albums
|Title||Album details||Peak chart |
|US Folk |
|US Holiday |
|Merry Christmas|| ||9||31|
 Compilation albums
|This Is Shelby Lynne: |
The Best of the Epic Years
|Epic Recordings|| |
|The Definitive Collection|| |
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Country |
|US AC |
|US Adult |
|CAN Country |
|CAN AC |
|1989||"Under Your Spell Again"||93||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album song|
|"Little Bits and Pieces"||62||—||—||85||—||—|
|1990||"I'll Lie Myself to Sleep"||26||—||—||37||—||—||Tough All Over|
|"Things Are Tough All Over"||23||—||—||19||—||—|
|1991||"What About the Love We Made"||45||—||—||86||—||—|
|"The Very First Lasting Love" (with Les Taylor)||50||—||—||41||—||—||Soft Talk|
|"Don't Cross Your Heart"||54||—||—||95||—||—|
|1993||"Feelin' Kind of Lonely Tonight"||69||—||—||—||—||—||Temptation|
|"Tell Me I'm Crazy"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995||"Slow Me Down"||59||—||—||—||—||—||Restless|
|"I'm Not the One"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996||"Another Chance at Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999||"Your Lies"||—||—||—||—||—||—||I Am Shelby Lynne|
|"Gotta Get Back"||—||26||—||—||—||—|
|2001||"Killin' Kind"||—||—||30||—||—||—||Love, Shelby|
|2002||"Wall in Your Heart"||—||22||—||—||—||—|
|2005||"I Won't Die Alone"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Suit Yourself|
|"Go with It"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007||"Anyone Who Had a Heart"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Just a Little Lovin'|
|2012||"Heaven's Only Days Down the Road"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Revelation Road|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
 Guest singles
|Year||Single||Artist||Peak chart |
|1988||"If I Could Bottle This Up"||George Jones||43||—||Friends in High Places|
|1990||"Tomorrow's World"||Various||74||—||Non-album song|
|2003||"Going Down"||Alison Moorer||—||—||Show|
|2004||"Run Away"||Live||—||41||Awake: The Best of Live|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
 Music videos
|1989||"The Hurtin' Side"|
|1990||"I'll Lie Myself to Sleep"||Deaton-Flanigen Productions|
|"Things Are Tough All Over"|
|1991||"The Very First Lasting Love" (with Les Taylor)||Deaton-Flanigen Productions|
|1993||"Feeling Kind of Lonely Tonight"||Michael Berkofsky|
|"Tell Me I'm Crazy"|
|1995||"Slow Me Down"||Steven Goldmann|
|"I'm Not the One"||Roger Pistole|
|1996||"Another Chance at Love"|
|2000||"Your Lies" (version 2)|
|2001||"Gotta Get Back"||Randee St. Nicholas|
|2002||"Killin' Kind"||Hype Williams|
|"Wall in Your Heart"||Randee St. Nicholas|
|2004||"Run Away" (w/ Live)||Mary Lambert|
|2005||"Go with It"||Eric Cochran/Alex Hedison|
|2008||"Anyone Who Had a Heart"||Stephen Scott/Brendan Steacy|
|2012||"Heaven's Only Days Down the Road"||darkenergymedia|
|1991||Hee Haw||Herself||1 episode|
|2005||Walk the Line||Carrie Cash|
|2007||Head Case||Herself||1 episode|
|2009||Army Wives||Stella Raye||1 episode|
- 2001 - Best New Artist (Won)
- 1990 - New Female Vocalist of the Year (Won)
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- Thigpen, David E. (April 24, 2000). "Music: Blows Against The Empire". TIME.
- Hilburn, Robert (February 18, 2001). "She Had Such High Hopes". Los Angeles Times.
- Allen, Jamie (February 22, 2001). "Steely Dan, Faith Hill, Eminem, U2 each win 3 Grammys". CNN.
- McCall, Michael (September–October 2003). "This year's model". No Depression.
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- Marc,Andrei (March 1, 2012). "" Just a Little Lovin' " Finally Gets Some". "Michael Fremer's Music Angle". Text " Music Review " ignored (help)
- Graff, Gary (April 23, 2010). "Shelby Lynne Plots Own Course With 'Tears'". Billboard.com.
- Horowitz, Steve (October 20, 2011). "Shelby Lynne: Revelation Road". PopMatters.
- Farber, Jim (November 15, 2010). "John Lennon concert brings out Cyndi Lauper, Patti Smith, Aimee Mann for 30th year at Beacon Theater". NY Daily News.
- "Lynne, Moorer tour together for first time". Country Standard Time.
- Specker, Lawrence F. (December 4, 2010). "Lynne, Moorer take Saenger stage 'side by side' at last". Mobile Press-Register.
- Independent Music Awards - 9th Annual Judges
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- "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
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- "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada: Country Singles". RPM (magazine). Retrieved 2010-07-25.
- "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada: Adult Contemporary". RPM (magazine). Retrieved 2010-07-25.
- "Chart Stats - Shelby Lynne". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: The Hurtin' Side". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: I'll Lie Myself to Sleep". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Feelin' Kind of Lonely Tonight". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Tell Me I'm Crazy". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Slow Me Down". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: I'm Not the One". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Another Chance at Love". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Your Lies - Shelby Lynne". VEVO. Retrieved March 6, 2011. Text " Music Video " ignored (help); Text " VEVO" ignored (help)
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Gotta Get Back". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Killin' Kind". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Wall in Your Heart". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Run Away - Live ft. Shelby Lynne". VEVO. Retrieved March 6, 2011. Text " Music Video " ignored (help); Text " VEVO" ignored (help)
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Go with It". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Anyone Who Had a Heart - Shelby Lynne". VEVO. Retrieved March 6, 2011. Text " Music Video " ignored (help); Text " VEVO" ignored (help)
- "CMT : Videos : Shelby Lynne: Heaven's Only Days Down The Road". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
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