SHELLY RUDOLPH is a maker of soul music in the broadest, genre-inclusive definition, a fine and sultry singer and songwriter with a sense of adventure and a desire for discovering and conveying emotional truth. As a “robust and captivating vocalist” (Jazz Times), she has dazzled audience around the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, Japan, Korea, the West Indies, and Portland, which she now calls home. Shelly’s most recent album, Water in My Hand, has garnered praise from regional and national publications: “Water in My Hands is a stunning album, intoxicating and stimulating, a mature work from an old soul artist"(Montecito Journal).
In keep with her restlessly creative spirit, Shelly’s latest adventure finds her moving beyond the “world soul” atmosphere of that album and into an exotic, inviting and enchanting project with Grammy-winning cellist David Darling, The Wild Bird Project. This work-in-progress investigates the terrain of the sensual spirit, creating music that is hypnotic and transporting, a natural outgrowth of her past musical and spiritual explorations and her long-held love for poetry and mythology.
“...a robust and captivating vocalist...”
— Jazz Times
Shelly has been singing, performing and composing for over twenty years. Her projects have embraced soul, jazz, blues, R&B, reggae and pop. Music has taken Shelly all over the United States and the world. Ensembles have ranged from intimate duets to Jazz Orchestras and most everything in between. She is currently among the busiest vocalists in Portland, Oregon performing regularly every week with her own projects as well as with Smooth Jazz innovator Tom Grant.
Ms. Rudolph has self-produced and released two original albums, selling over two thousand units plus digital downloads. These CDs have solidified her standing as a marketable artist for agents and venues, established her as a notable musician among peers and press, and garnered songwriting and recording work nationally and internationally. Shelly has received placement on
Pandora.com, internet radio, and has been selected by Mayor Adams as one of the featured musicians on Portlandonline.com’s Listen Local program. As a songwriter and vocalist she has collaborated and recorded with: Grammy-winning cellist David Darling, David Piltch (kd lang), Ken Stange (Joe Cocker), David Mathews (Etta James), Tom Lackner (Airto and Flora Purim) smooth jazz pioneer Tom Grant and Pink Martini's Phil Baker.
“When Shelly Rudolph sings, you can smell the smoke... this is the moment to catch a rising star.”
— The Oregonian
Much of Shelly's childhood was spent in her mother's contemporary art gallery. She was continually exposed to a wide range of cutting-edge visual and performance artists, authors and dancers and now finds that she feels most alive and at home when in the midst of the creative process.
"I was raised to believe that the source of artistic creativity and the source of life, of spirit, is one and the same: the mysterious, boundless, powerful, core of us all. My adult life has been a series of adventures and leaps of faith incited by my soul's path and heart's knowing, with the river of song as my ever flowing guide."
Portland Waterfront Blues Jazz Festival
Waterfront Festival Blues Cruise
Bite of Oregon
Taste of Portland
The Lake House
Lake Oswego Summer Concert Series
Portland Park Summer Concert Series
The Heathman Hotel
The Benson Hotel
The Oxford, Bend
The Old Church, Portland
USO Tour, North Korea and Japan
Hotel Nikko, Fukuoka, Japan
Hotel Bel Air, Beverly Hills
Luna Park, Los Angeles
Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles
Harvelle's, Los Angeles
SoHo, Santa Barbara, CA
Rex Resorts, Saint Lucia, West Indies
Snooty Agouti, Saint Lucia
Sandals, Saint Lucia
The Landing, Harbour Island, Bahamas
SELECTED PRESS QUOTES:
“Shelly Rudolph is a captivating and robust vocalist”
“Every so often an artist comes along that literally has it all... great songwriting, a beautiful seductive voice and a passion for music... Shelly Rudolph is that special artist
and Water in My Hand is that special CD. Shelly possesses that natural, earthy tone that can't be taught in a music class. Her voice caresses your ears and her sassy attitude
keeps you coming back for more. If you want to fall in love again, look no further..."
Calvin Walker, Director, KMHD Radio, 89.1
"Water in My Hand is a stunning album, intoxicating & stimulating, a mature work from an old soul artist."
Steven Liebowitz, Montecito Journal
"When Shelly Rudolph sings, you can smell the smoke... this is the moment to catch a rising star."
“Swinging between the pleasure palaces of jazz, 70’s influenced pop and hook-laden R&B and soul, Rudolph has a charming, pulchritudinous ease on stage that’s both fresh
and genuine. With a honey-rich alto and a wise compass, she’s able to easily globetrot from chugging blue-eyed gospel to breathy Juile Londonisms to insinuating, luxuriously behind-the-beat slow dances. No period extravagance or croon-posturing here. Just
good old- fashioned singing.”
"Shelly Rudolph has the looks, talent and charisma to win over new crowds and a honey-glazed throat to send chills up and down your spine."