When Shelly Rudolph sings, you can smell the smoke... this is the moment to catch a rising star.”

— The Oregonian


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).

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.


“Shelly Rudolph is a captivating and robust vocalist”  - Jazz Times  

“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."  - The Oregonian  

“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 globe-trot from chugging blue-eyed gospel to breathy Julie Londonisms to insinuating, luxuriously behind-the-beat slow dances. No period extravagance or croon-posturing here. Just  good old- fashioned singing.” 
 - Tim DeRouche, Willamette Week 

"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." - LA Weekly