Shelley Raymond

Shelley Raymond

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Her sultry voice is like liquid ribbons of caramel soul braiding down your ear canals...think the lovechild of Bonnie Raitt and Bill Withers...

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Biography

Shelley Raymond combines elements of soul and folk music into something she refers to as "soulk". Her sultry vocals evoke the soul of the blues, the familiarity of folk music, the intrigue of jazz, and the conviction of rock into an infectious style that is truly her own.

From her piano lessons in elementary school to majoring in music in college, Raymond has always been involved in music. Originally from Charleston, SC, she received a music degree from Winthrop University, where she performed everything from opera classics to jazz standards.

Now Raymond is making a name for herself in Nashville, TN. She has been writing songs since 2004 and has already performed in several writers’ showcases at the legendary Bluebird Café. She recently participated in a benefit concert for Happy Tales Humane with along with artists Emmylou Harris and Gretchen Peters.

Quote:
"From a guy's perspective, listening to Shelley Raymond arouses a feeling suspiciously like sensual curiostiy with a pleasantly bitter streak of shame. You're not the guy she's singing about/to but you'll wish you were. At least for the good times.
Her free and fearless vocals range from a cooing whisper to a soulful, plaintive howl. Her lyrics tear you apart line by line, only to build you back again with verse after verse of surgically precise digs and strokes. Her guitar playing is clean and sublimely free of artifice.
Raymond casually combines elements of soul and folk into something she playfully refers to as "soulk music" (which, afterall, sounds better than "foul music"). Whatever she calls it, it's not your average girl-with-a-guitar fare and deserves your undivided ear." -- Pat Dixon

Performances:
Shelley Raymond has shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Gretchen Peters, Denitia Odigie, Jason Eskridge, Steff Mahan, Bekka Bramlett and Daniel Lee.

NEWS: Shelley Raymond has recently been endorsed by First Act guitars as a First Act Emerging Artist!

Lyrics

The Time

Written By: Shelley Raymond

Do you remember the time
or the place that I first saw your face
for the first time
‘Cause I remember it like it was yesterday

You were living upstairs
and I was living below you just dying to know you
but I was too shy to tell you my name
and you felt the same way

I’d play guitar in my room and pretend you were there
but you were upstairs
and you’d put your ear to the floor
just to hear a little more of my song

Do you remember the time
or the place that I first saw your face
for the first time
‘Cause I remember it like it was yesterday

Then we got introduced and I got used
to hangin’ out with you and that’s the truth
and I remember it like it was yesterday

And when we finally kissed
it’s like fireflies and butterflies
were going on inside of my soul
and you said you felt the same way

Since the day that we met
we’ve been joined at the hips
and joined at the lips
and though there’s been drama
we know that we’re gonna survive
and we’re gonna thrive

Since you came into my life
we fell in love
got a ring
and I’m gonna be your wife
‘cause I wanna grow old with you
and you can carry me through
and I can ask you

Do you remember the time
or the place that I first saw your face
for the first time

Mirage

Written By: Shelley Raymond

I should have listened to your doubt
it was my chance; it was my out
I haven’t heard from you in
so long
and that’s just wrong

so so long and fare well
because I am, and you can tell
and it either eats you up or brings you down
either way, I’m faring well

I fell for you hook, line, and sinker
what was I thinking
you were a mirage
you just looked so good
and that’s exactly how I wanted to feel

hook line and sinker, what was I thinking
you were a mirage
and the closer I got
I could tell that you weren’t real

I guess when you’re over me
is when I’ll hear from you
because you’ve got a new distraction
someone to carry your baggage for you

and though she’s half the woman I am
I guess she will do
because she’s smart and she’s pretty
but it’s her that I pity
because I know what she’ll be going through

I fell for you hook, line, and sinker
what was I thinking
you were a mirage
you just looked so good
and that’s exactly how I wanted to feel

hook line and sinker, what was I thinking
you were a mirage
and the closer I got
I could tell that you weren’t real

Burden

Written By: Shelley Raymond

You remind me of someone
who just wouldn’t stay
he took all that I gave him
and then he went away.
You both reeled me in and I could not shake loose
so I fear that I am bound to lose.

And the things so in common
are the things you don’t say
and the game’s so familiar
that I know how to play
just keep on running
till you run out of juice
so I guess I’d better
double-knot my shoes.

Suddenly I feel like I’m only a burden
if you don’t want me looking in, then draw the curtain
You’ve transfixed me in your gaze and my eyes are hurting
but I just can’t look away

If you don’t share my vision
then you can’t have me.
Because I’m just now living
with an urgency
to meet my own expectations
and there’s somebody who
would absolutely kill to fill your shoes

So go on and pull the rug right out from under me
because I can see you’ve got a two-handed grip, and it’s tightening
pull it quick like a band-aid while I look away
and maybe that will lessen the pain

So go on and break my heart;
I can take it.
Just say what your really mean
and I won’t take it
out of context but I will take it at face value
I don’t know how you
could let me go.

All I Can Do

Written By: Shelley Raymond

When I bring out my best
and it's left unseen
I remember my blessings
and then I think
that I can't wait around
for the world to see
All I can do is believe in me

Let's get right down
to the issue at hand
I need to feel inspired
to be more than I am
When it's said and done
and I've done all that I can
Help to keep in mind
that this is part of my plan

While it's taking its time
and it's toll on me
I'll keep being the woman
I need to be
Because I can't wait around
for the world to see
All I can do is believe in me

Let's get right down
to the issue at hand
I need to feel inspired
to be more than I am
When it's said and done
and I've done all that I can
Help to keep in mind
that this is part of my plan

And if I'm doing right
then I'll keep right on doing it
It's just a matter of time
and I'm not holding my breath

Let's get right down
to the issue at hand
I need to feel inspired
to be more than I am
When it's said and done
and I've done all that I can
Help to keep in mind
that this is part of my plan

Backpedal

Written By: Shelley Raymond

I didn't know you had broken it off when I said I was happy for you
I didn't know that it would be your fault 'til you said there was somebody new
I didn't mean what I said to be mean
I would never rub salt in the wound
I'd take it back if I could, but exactly how would one go about doing that

CHORUS:
I'm always putting my foot in my mouth
and it makes to so hard to backpedal with only one leg
and I know I probably shouldn't have spoken at all
But I didn't know that I didn't know

I have been known to have stepped on some toes
even when there's no feet in my way
Say something nice and it comes off as wise
but at least I've got something to say
I never mean what I say to be mean
I would never rub salt in the wound
I'd take it back if I could
but exactly how would one go about doing that

CHORUS

Discography

MP3s are available at www.myspace.com/shelleyraymond.
CDs available at
www.cafepress.com/shelloniusjunk

Set List

Sets vary anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Longer sets include cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt, Ours, and The Isley Brothers.