Shelly Dubois

Shelly Dubois

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Shelly Dubois is an original talent and she puts her heart and soul into Canadian country music. Well loved for her exceptional stage skills, Dubois delivers a powerful and 'bigger than life' performance with her strong, clear country voice (comparable to Natalie Maines) and authentic style.

Biography

"I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a top notch talent that your audience will adore. For the uninitiated, Shelly will most likely be the Artist your audience remembers long after the Festival has ended. A talent this good won't go undiscovered for very long".
Robert McCourty, Artistic Director
Island Folk Festival – Duncan, BC

"Dubois’ music is honest and from the heart with a spirited energy that, in combination with Dubois’ melodious voice and, playful twangy guitars, will make you want to get up and dance and sing along at the top of your lungs".
Jacquie Maynard, Peace River Record Gazette
Peace River, Alberta

Shelly Dubois loves country music. You can hear it when you listen to her sing.

A Peace River, Alberta native, Dubois was raised on a steady diet of country classics.

Her father worked in the oil industry as a truck driver and her mother stayed at home, raising their five children. The musically rich environment inspired Dubois to sing along to her parent’s record collection, learning songs by artists such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton and many more.

At the age of eight, Dubois picked up her mothers accordion and two years later, she had a guitar in hand – strumming and singing to songs of home.

“I love to sing songs that tell a story and create a connection with the listener. It’s a great feeling”, says Dubois.

In May 2008, Dubois released her debut CD ‘I’m Not Looking Back’. All ten songs are penned by Dubois - ‘About Men’, ‘I’m Not Lookin’ Back’ and ‘Time for Leavin’ receive internet radio in Canada, the United States, Austria, France and the Netherlands. You can also find ‘I’m Not Lookin’ Back’ on the Songwriters Music Festival compilation CD.

Having experienced the loss of her daughter to brain cancer shortly after the release of her debut CD, Dubois’ set all business aside and focused her attention to her family.

“I thought I would never sing again,” says Dubois, “But with the encouragement from family, friends and my music family, I slowly eased back into my music and found that it was actually healing for me.”

Dubois delivers a powerful and ‘bigger than life’ performance with her clear, country voice and authentic style and has been compared to artists such as Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks), Paulette Carlson (Highway 101) and Stevie Nicks.

From small intimate venues to large festival stages, she embraces all chances to get before her fans. Dubois enjoys performing solo, as a duo, a trio or with a band and has been in the company of artists such as Duane Steele, Chad Brownlee, Hey Romeo, Jason Blaine, Dean Brody, Jetty Road, Sawyer Brown, Lonestar, at events such as Merritt Mountain Music Fest, Calgary Stampede and Sunfest Country Music Festival in Duncan, BC.

Driven by the power of music, Dubois is all about family and giving back. She is a proud supporter of the British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parents Association (BCCCPA), as well as the Chantal Dubois Memorial Fund – a foundation to which she and her family founded. Dubois proudly donates three dollars of each CD sale to the Chantal Dubois Memorial Fund which supports other families whose child(ren) are in need of financial assistance during their battle with Cancer.

Lyrics

Harmony

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

Friends are friendship and smiles are laughter
Love is love and ever after
A helping hand an act of kindness
Livin’ life in harmony

Talk is sweet and listenin’s the answer
Looking is seeing and believin’
A should to lean on a hand to hold
Livin’ life in harmony

Yes we’ll walk together, talk together
Keep our strength for each other
Yes we’ll shed a tear, live in laughter
And we’ll live together in harmony

Play is playin’ and singin’ a song
Cry is crying when you’re happy or sad
A hug and a kiss from the heart
Livin’ life in harmony

Yes we’ll walk together, talk together
Keep our strength for each other
Yes we’ll shed a tear, live in laughter
And we’ll live together in harmony

Yes we’ll walk together, talk together
Keep our strength for each other
Yes we’ll shed a tear, live in laughter
And we’ll live together in harmony

She Knows A Better Life Now

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

She shed a tear as she put the picture down
Thought it was the best day of her life
The cake was perfect and the day was too
She wondered what went wrong with her life

She picked up the pieces and went on her way
Gathered all her strength somehow
She knew there was a better life waiting for her
And it was out there somewhere

Life was going to get better for her
She was going to make it change
Nothing was going to stand in her way
And she knows a better life now

Who would have known it fate had found it’s way
Found the way right to her heart
Happiness had come to her in a brand new way
Gave her a brand new start

Life was going to get better for her
She was going to make it change
Nothing was going to stand in her way
And she knows a better life now

Life was going to get better for her
She was going to make it change
Nothing was going to stand in her way
And she knows a better life now

It's Time For Leavin'

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

He was like no other
And I thought I could love him
He would give me the world
But it wasn’t enough
He tried so hard
To show me he loved me
But the love he had to give
Couldn’t win my heart

It’s time for leavin’
No time for stayin’
He just doesn’t know how much I want him to go
It’s time for leavin’
No time for stayin’
Well the time has finally come to let me go

I try to tell him
There’s nothing between us
That he should go on
Without me now
There could be another
That would love him
‘Cause the time here with me
Is to end now

It’s time for leavin’
No time for stayin’
He just doesn’t know how much I want him to go
It’s time for leavin’
No time for stayin’
Well the time has finally come to let me go

It’s time for leavin’
No time for stayin’
He just doesn’t know how much I want him to go
It’s time for leavin’
No time for stayin’
Well the time has finally come to let me go

Since I Met You

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

There were clouds and sunshine on that special day
There were people around and music to play
And a feeling of love rushed through my veins
Any my heart pounded harder when you looked at me that way

And I’ll never forget what you give to me
Patience and love and dignity
And there’s not a thing that you won’t do
Since I met you

There’s been years of I love you’s and holdin’ hands
The way that we trust and understand
And I know that we’ll always be as one
And we’ll kiss goodnight when the day is done

And I’ll never forget what you give to me
Patience and love and dignity
And there’s not a thing that you won’t do
Since I met you

This is how love should always be
A love worth fighting for
How could I want more

And I’ll never forget what you give to me
Patience and love and dignity
And there’s not a thing that you won’t do
Since I met you

Since I met you
Since I met you
Since I met you

I'm Not Lookin' Back

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

It’s a cool Sunday morning I’ve got miles ahead
I’ve got sunshine on my shoulders and music in my head
I’m headin’ to a new place and it’s too late to unpack
I’m gonna keep on drivin’ and I’m not lookin’ back

I’m goin’ through the mountains and I’m headin’ for the shore
Now I’m believin’ I can do this even more
I’ve got my spirits to guide me and I feel I’m on track
There’s a new life out there and I’m not lookin’ back

Oh I’m not lookin’ back
I’ve got too much to believe in
I’m not lookin’ back
I’ve got to keep on goin’ more

Well I drove through the mountains and I found the shore
Things are being different and I want to learn more
There’s a whole new world out there and there’s not time to look back
I’m gonna keep on drivin’ and I’m not lookin’ back
I’m gonna keep on drivin’ and I’m not lookin’ back

She Will Make It Through It All

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

She will always remember that she didn’t ask for this
Life was moving forward she was in her own bliss
And then in a moment everything had changed
Things were going to be different, going to be a different way

She was tired but she kept strong
And some days the days were long
She has strength when she is weak
But that’s how it’s going to be
I can see it in her eyes
She still laughs but she won’t cry
She’ll make sure that she stands tall
She will make it through it all

She did what she had to, she suffered all the pain
Taking and doing everything to be well again
She said that there was a reason something she couldn’t explain
But somehow she knew she’s gonna be OK and be back on her feet again

She was tired but she kept strong
And some days the days were long
She has strength when she is weak
But that’s how it’s going to be
I can see it in her eyes
She still laughs but she won’t cry
She’ll make sure that she stands tall
She will make it through it all

It’s funny how life can change so fast
One minute your up and then the next has passed

She was tired but she kept strong
And some days the days were long
She has strength when she is weak
But that’s how it’s going to be
I can see it in her eyes
She still laughs but she won’t cry
She’ll make sure that she stands tall
She will make it through it all
She will make it through it all
She will make it through it all
She will make it through it all

Watch The Ocean By Moonlight

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

There was love and romancing while we were both dancin’ on the boardwalk that night
Then you took my hand and walked in the sand until morning light
While we stood on the shore and watched the moon roll over the mountains high
You and I were watching the ocean by moonlight

You can watch the ships sailing by
On a beautiful starry night
Holding on to each other tight
To watch the ocean by moonlight

We went to the cantina and drank margaritas all night long
Then we went to the band and requested they play our favorite song
As we danced to the music, we took our dancing and moved outside
And then we were there again watching the ocean by moonlight

You can watch the ships sailing by
On a beautiful starry night
Holding on to each other tight
To watch the ocean by moonlight

You can watch the ships sailing by
On a beautiful starry night
Holding on to each other tight
To watch the ocean by moonlight

One Day

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

Little girl walkin’ down the street
Nothin’ much that she couldn’t see
‘cause her heart was sad and her soul was weak
Life wasn’t very good
Well her Dad had yelled and her Mom had screamed
Nothin’ much on buildin’ dreams
There was no money no fancy things
She never understood

One day she will she the sun rise
One day she will she the reason to smile
One day she will feel the rain on her
One day One day One day

Little girl now has grown
Many things she has come to know
That life can change and so can time
She now understands
With a daughter now who says she’s sad
Asks questions like why is life so bad
She doesn’t know there’s more in store
So her mother tells her

One day you will see the sun rise
One day you will see the reason to smile
One day you will feel the rain on you
One day One day One day One day
One day

What can she tell her that will lift her up
What can she tell her that will make her smile

One day you will see the sun rise
One day you will see the reason to smile
One day you will feel the rain on you
One day One day One day One day
One day

It's Not My Time

Written By: Shelly Dubois - SOCAN

All these years have gone by
And I wonder ‘bout my life
Could I’ve been the man I wanted to be
With my children and my wife
Always here by my side
Giving me a reason to go on

And it rushes through my mind
When I think of all the times
We were all a happy family
Well I have to change my ways
When I get out of here some day
There are things I have to do to make right
It’s not my time

How can I handle the news
It’s something I cannot do
I don’t think that I can bear the truth
The things I’ve done before
I want to do once more
I have to find my strength somehow

And it rushes through my mind
When I think of all the times
We were all a happy family
Well I have to change my ways
When I get out of here some day
There are things I have to do to make right
It’s not my time

But now it’s all come to an end
Life as I knew it will never be again

And it rushes through my mind
When I think of all the times
We were all a happy family
Well I have to change my ways
When I get out of here someday
There are things I have to do to make right
It’s not my time
It’s not my time
It’s not my time

I'm Not Lookin' Back

Written By: Shelly Dubois

It’s a cool Sunday morning I’ve got miles ahead

I’ve got sunshine on my shoulders and music in my head

I’m headin’ to a new place and it’s too late to unpack

I’m gonna keep on drivin’ and I’m not lookin’ back

I’m drivin’ through the mountains and I’m headin’ for the shore

Now I’m believin’ I can do this even more

If I let my spirits to guide me and keep at my back

I’m gonna keep on drivin’ and I’m not lookin’ back

Well I’m not lookin’ back

I’ve got too much to believe in

I’m not lookin’ back

I’ve got to keep on goin’ more

(LEAD BREAK)
(CHORUS)

Well I drove through the mountains and I found the shore

Things are being different and I want to learn more

There’s a whole new world out there and there’s not time to look back

I’m gonna keep on drivin’ and I’m not lookin’ back

I’m gonna keep on drivin’ and I’m not lookin’ back

(OUTRO)

Discography

Debut CD - I'm Not Lookin' Back - Released May 2008

"I'm Not Lookin' Back", "About Men", "Time for Leavin", "Since I Met You" and "Watch The Ocean By Moonlight" have been getting internet radio play on several stations throughout Canada, U.S. and European countries such as the Netherlands, Austria and France.

Set List

I'm Not Lookin' Back
She Knows A Better Life Now
Harmony
It's Time For Leavin'
Since I Met You
About Men
Watch The Ocean By Moonlight
One Day
It's Not My Time
Last Goodbye
I'm Good Enough
She's Gonna Be A Star
Time

Covers:

I Fall To Pieces
Crazy
Someday Soon
Heartaches By the Number
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Blame It On Your Heart
Piece of my Heart
She's In Love with The Boy
Suds In The Bucket
Perfect Love
It Happens
Two More Bottles of Wine
This One's For the Girls
Lets Talk About Love
Fell Right Into You
Better Things To Do
Blue Horizon
Bye Bye
Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away
The Long Way Around

. I'm always adding new songs that I have written as well as covers.

. Set lists are usually set to the type of venue/crowd/occasion.

. Sets are generally 45 minutes in length which usually consists of 12-14 songs.

. If I am performing for a special event/occasion, I am open to requests.