Shelly Quarmby

Shelly Quarmby

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A sweet, refreshing talent. Musically, vocally, eclectically, Shelly is in the middle of where Sarah McLachlan meets Natalie Maines. Piano driven hooks, auto-biographical lyrics and a blend of wilfully honest and strikingly powerful vocals that surround you; this music wears its heart on its sleeve.

Biography

Starting out as a collection of small lyrical ideas, a song with tempo changes and the shifting of mood and pace in the chorus "Change" stands out as the wonderful title track of this pensive EP. The "Change" EP features a brand new version of "Love's Not All There Is To It"as well as four other full band produced tracks and a beautiful acoustic arrangement of "Let Me Be the One". With each play you'll hear: the maturity of Chantal Kreviazuk, Sarah McLachlan, the loveliness of Jewel and a dash of Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell. You'll be singing these uplifting and catchy melodies after the first play, every moment in every song was constructed through a life experience.

- "'If You Could Only See Me Now' is a sensual starter, with moments of heart-stopping magic." -

Being given the opportunity to write for a country compilation album that unfortunately never got to release saw Shelly rise from freelance session vocalist to recording artist. With song writing never a priority, after one of the songs "Love's Not All There Is To It" was picked up to appear on another compilation album "Walk the Line", Shelly decided to go out as a singer/songwriter. In 2007 she entered "Love's Not All There Is To It" into the BBC New Talent for songwriters competition and got through in which she was one of only 60 participants across the UK to attend a weekend of collaborative song writing with highly acclaimed songwriters and producers. In August 2008 she arrived in Toronto, Canada to record her debut, a 6-song EP. She recorded "Change" the EP at Greenpail Studios with TIm Branton of Inside Music (Carole Pope, The Fembots, Crash Kelly, The Novaks, Jane Siberry, Ron Hawkins,The Lowest of the Low) In October of 2009 she was nominated by The Independent Singer-Songwriter Awards for two awards: Best New Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Song for "Love's Not All There Is To It". She also got an honourable mention in the 2008 Unisong Songwriting Competition. After a return to the UK to promote and gig with the EP and performing in venues such as The Bedford, London, The Jam House, Birmingham and back to Toronto and showcases in New York, 2012 saw Shelly develop the songs into a foundation for workshops to inspire people in challenging circumstances. Whilst also writing new music and collaborating with various new song writers to complete new projects including recordings using just the voice, the "Embracing Change" workshop is on the road to inspire and engage audiences.

- "She was an instant hit with the [audience] as they instantly warmed to her powerful country-tinged vocals and keyboard playing as she belted out five emotionally-charged songs" -

Shelly's songs captivate; a blend of country, pop and rock inspired by great songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Carole King and Beth-Nielsen-Chapman. Musically, vocally, eclectically, she is in the middle of where Norah Jones meets Kelly Clarkson or Sarah McLachlan meets Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks). Comparative to female singer-songwriters such as Paula Cole, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jewel, Vonda Shepard and Sarah McLachlan her songs are powerful and emotive, they will leave you wanting more.

Lyrics

Love's Not All There Is To It

Written By: Shelly Quarmby

Love’s Not All There Is To It

Verse:
I’ve always been a dreamer
even from real young.
Superstar, big house, fancy cars,
maybe dreams are wrong.

‘It’s been a rough year’ you say, this one will be much better,
so in the law of luck we got our chance together.

Chorus:
I can see my wedding day, even down to the way,
you look at me as I walk down the isle.
I can see our children play and I can’t wait for the day
we’re so happy I can feel I’m alive.
I can see us on a Sunday, getting up real late,
you say ‘let’s just stay here for a while’
Oh, love should be true (if you’re gonna get through it)
But love’s not all there is to it.

Verse:
You know I can’t deny
I look at you sometimes.
Is this the one? – but I never loved anyone
this much, I need to know its right.

We’re gonna do this today, ‘cause I can’t shed more tears,
this is different, but baby you said that last year.

Repeat chorus.

I need more, but I just can’t breathe without you…..

Instrumental break

Repeat chorus.

Oh… love’s not all there is.
Oh, love should be true, but love’s not all there is to it.

Let Me Be The One

Written By: Shelly Quarmby

Let Me Be The One

Verse 1

Wasn’t it special, wasn’t it good
to live a life that I knew we could
in our dreams we live so far away
in our lives we give to one another everday

Chorus

So let me be the one to live the life I’ve chosen
even if I do it the hard way
let me wish, let me dream, let me cry and scream
and I’ll get to be someone someday
So let me be the one to live the life I’ve chosen
you’re my light when the future seems darker
life is a battle and sometimes I get lost
it means we just have to work harder

Verse 2

A shadow yearning to be in the light
I hope that I could never lose sight
you can think of a place you long to be
but you’ll never know if life has mapped your
destiny

Chorus

So let me be the one to live the life I’ve chosen
even if I do it the hard way
let me wish, let me dream, let me cry and scream
and I’ll get to be someone someday
So let me be the one to live the life I’ve chosen
you’re my light when the future seems darker
life is a battle and sometimes I get lost
it means we just have to work harder

CODA
And there’s a time when every avenue has fallen by.
And there’s a place you go when all the hard work takes it’s toll.
And every situation is different, yet our goals are all the same,
living in a world you think should be right will never help you get on in this life.

Instrumental break

Chorus
Wasn’t it special wasn’t it good.

If You Could Only See Me Now

Written By: Shelly Quarmby

Verse 1
Wish upon a star and say it’s true
Tell him that he’s right and I’m a fool
And if someone was to hurt me
Turn around and desert me
I’m the one who’s sticking to the rules

Chorus
It’s not hearing goodbye
When you’re shouting it loud
If you could only see me now

Verse 2
Somebody once told me, he’s so right
And so I carried on with my old life
And I agreed that his love
Was the only way to give love
Now it’s all a dream in the night

Chorus
It’s not hearing goodbye
When you’re shouting it loud
If you could only see me now

Bridge
It’s been too long and too hard
Too sad to say
The words that explain how I feel
And as the night draws cold now
I just can’t relay
Feelings of those happy memories

Chorus
It’s not hearing goodbye
When you’re shouting it loud
If you could only see me now

It’s not hearing goodbye
When you’re shouting it loud
If you could only see me now
If you could only see me now

I’ll Be Gone

Written By: Shelly Quarmby

Verse 1
Midnight is over
And you’re all alone
I can’t see the ending
But only you know that

Verse 2
Summer is leaving
And fields have lost their gold
I keep on thinking
About the truth you said you told me

Chorus
I’m only dreaming
I’m only drifting
I’m only thinking
What I’ve been putting off so long
I’m only dreaming
I’m only drifting
So think of me tomorrow I’ll be gone

Verse 3
My soul is empty
I don’t live there anymore
You were the one who taught me
What living was for

Chorus
I’m only dreaming
I’m only drifting
I’m only thinking
What I’ve been putting off so long
I’m only dreaming
I’m only drifting
So think of me tomorrow I’ll be gone

Bridge
Don’t think that I don’t understand
But I’m about to hit the ground
I can’t stay and listen to your reasons
It’s so hard when you’re around

Chorus
I’m only dreaming
I’m only drifting
I’m only thinking
What I’ve been putting off so long
I’m only dreaming
I’m only drifting
So think of me tomorrow I’ll be gone

I’ll be gone, I’m only dreaming
So think of me tomorrow I’ll be gone

Stay

Written By: Shelly Quarmby

Verse 1
I feel like I¡¦ve been in this unending lifetime forever
and I¡¦ve seen, many things and parts of me,
continually

I¡¦ve been all over this town
looking for a way around
searching for a way out
now I¡¦m coming to, I know in you I¡¦ve found

Chorus
This love, my only dream
a happiness just to be
can this last forever it feels so right
will you stay with me for the rest of my life?

Verse 2
We¡¦ll build a love so deep
I¡¦m giving everything I have to give
my past, my present and future soul
now I see

Chorus
This love, my only dream
a happiness just to be
can this last forever it feels so right
will you stay with me for the rest of my life?

Instrumental break

Bridge
I want to be awake
not to lose a second
I want to hear the sound
of laughter everyday
I want to have fun
not living just to be
don¡¦t get trapped in what¡¦s wrong, feeling what¡¦s right
feel the love in my life„³ oh¡K¡K¡K

Repeat normal Chorus twice
Simultaneously over the top lead vocal:
{Chorus 1
This love, my only dream
just to be
can this last - it feels so right
for the rest of my life?}

{Chorus 2
my only dream
Yeah (a happiness just to be)
can this last forever
will you stay with me for the rest of my life?}

Can this last - it feels so right
will you stay with me for the rest of my life?
Oh¡K..

Change

Written By: Shelly Quarmby

You’re holding out, still running on empty
With half of a bitter sweet victory
How far are you gonna get, are you free?
Move on, just leave me.

We all say we want to change
The way we live our lives
The way we compromise
We all give out our hands
But never understand
Why we live and learn for nothing in return

You’re holding out still running on empty

And I’m always hearing
Look into to the future
But if we’re going to change
Why not start it from today
And the bitter reasons of regret
Are never an excuse to abandon and to use

You’re holding out still running on empty
With half a bitter sweet victory

So change to do, not change your mind
Live your change, not change your life.

We all say we want to change
The way we live our lives
The way we compromise

You’re holding out, still running on empty
With half of a bitter sweet victory
How far are you gonna get, are you free?
Move on, just leave me.

And change to do, not change your mind
Live your change, not change your life.

Learn To Fall

Written By: Shelly Quarmby

Verse 1
Been hearing all of these love songs about people that don’t matter
Been playing the part of someone who
doesn’t need to know about forgiveness or loving anymore

Chorus
You’ve got to learn to fall
Not have it all
It’s ok, to lose your way
Don’t be proud
We all have to go down
Sometimes you’ll miss the biggest blows because you’re standing small
Learn to fall

Verse 2
Been painting all of these pictures of love stories and broken hearts
Being the reason why I can’t bounce back
But really I’m the one who’s been rejected too many times before

Chorus
You’ve got to learn to fall
Not have it all
It’s ok, to lose your way
Don’t be proud
We all have to go down
Sometimes you’ll miss the biggest blows because you’re standing small
Learn to fall
Not have it all
It’s ok, to live in yesterday
Don’t be proud
We all have to go down
You know that I’ll still be there when you’re standing tall
Learn to fall

Learn to fall
It’s time to loose face, before it’s too late
Oh don’t hold on just because you’re afraid
Learn to fall, learn to fall.

Verse 3
I’ve been taking what I want and leaving what I don’t
I know the weak comes with the strong
That’s why I wake up everyday realising I was wrong

Chorus
You’ve got to learn to fall
Not have it all
It’s ok, I’ll find my way
Don’t look down
It’s just the ground
Sometimes you’ll miss the biggest blows because you’re standing small
Learn to fall, oh.

Discography

Change - EP - October 2009

Set List

Set List - upon request

Available to play in both full band line-up or solo, duo, trio acoustic set or full electric band set up (full band currently UK only)