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    Shelly Fairchild

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Time Machine lyrics
    2Ride lyrics
    3Ready to Fall lyrics
    4I'm Goin' Back lyrics
    5Down into Muddy Water lyrics
    6Fear of Flying lyrics
    7You Don't Lie Here Anymore lyrics
    8I Want to Love You lyrics
    9Tiny Town lyrics
    10Kiss Me lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Ride [Sony] [2005]


    Shelly Fairchild tells you her history every time she sings.

    Her voice conveys the blues of her Mississippi Delta home and the
    soulful power of a passionate woman who has been "singing with
    everything I've got" since she began performing as a child.

    Her edgy style conveys the confidence of a small-town girl from
    Clinton, Miss., bold enough to head out on her own and earn lead
    roles in major musicals and national theatrical tours, yet sensitive
    enough to write heart- tugging stories about love and family as well
    as steamy tales about desire and living life to the hilt.

    Her dynamic stage presence conveys the experience of a stage
    actress and the live-wire energy and hot-blooded emotion of a
    risk-taker who can open the throttle and roar or slow down to
    caress a lyric with intimate conviction.

    In other words, Shelly Fairchild is a force to be reckoned with - a
    fact made clear by [her] Columbia Records debut, Ride, a
    one-of-a-kind introduction that suggests this country singer won't
    be held back by pre-conceptions about Nashville or contemporary
    country music.

    "I know I have a lot of edge to my voice - well, to everything I
    do," says Shelly. "But I've always considered myself a country

    Still, she concedes, her version of country music sometimes
    drags the music into the Delta swamp and sometimes fires it up
    like a heat-seeking missile. "I realize I might be pushing the
    envelope, because I have a lot of blues feeling and rock energy
    in my voice," she says. "That's just how it comes out for me. I've
    always sung with a lot of passion and emotion."

    From uncompromising songs like the take-no-gruff first single,
    "You Don't Lie Here Anymore" to the upfront passion of "Kiss Me"
    and "Ready to Fall," and from the stomping power of "Down into
    the Muddy Water" and to the sensitivity of "Fear of Flying" and
    "I Want to Love You," Ride twists and turns as it follows Shelly
    from the country to the city, with her voice always the center of
    attention and her hands-on style always firmly in control.

    With her energetic approach, Nashville has always been her
    destination. Not only does she love to perform and liven up a
    crowd, she also loves songs that speak of real-life issues and
    down-home values. Shelly co-wrote four songs on her album,
    including "You Don't Lie Here Anymore."

    "This is a song I wrote early on so I am amazed and thrilled that
    it turned out to be my first single. I had the title and melody when
    I wrote it with Sonny Lemaire and Clay Mills. The first day we
    wrote the verse and chorus and I walked out saying 'This is going
    to be my first single', I just had a strong feeling about it."

    She also drew strong material from some of Nashville's top writers,
    including Stephony Smith, Dennis Linde, Leslie Satcher, Darrell
    Scott, Doug Johnson and others - an unusual feat for a newcomer.
    The fact that cream- of-the-crop writers gave her their top-drawer
    material illustrates the high regard Shelly has quickly attained
    among the Music Row elite - and that they know their songs will
    receive a powerful interpretation. "Songs are key to who I am
    and what I love about music," she says. "I like songs that say
    something, and that's why I love country music. There's no place
    that cares about emotional songwriting more than Nashville and
    country music. That's why I'm here."

    Shelly's distinct style caught the attention of Harley Davidson
    immediately. The recognized retailer has provided her with stage
    clothes. They have invited her to perform at numerous bike rallies
    across the country, as well as their national convention. "I love
    motorcycles and recently learned how to ride a Harley," she says,
    "so of course I want to have the coolest clothes to ride in and they
    have them."

    That's only one of the reasons she chose to name her album Ride,
    after one of her favorite songs on the album. "I also have been in
    love with horses since I was a young girl," says Shelly. "I ride
    motorcycles, and I really get into that side of my personality that
    just likes to feel the wind in my hair. And I ride horses, and that
    represents the softer, country side of me. My family, my music
    and my horses are the most important things in the world to me."

    Past that, there's a philosophical side to the song title she likes. "Life
    is such a wild ride, you know?" she says. "The word 'ride' has a
    freedom to it, too. It might seem like a simple title at first -- Ride.
    But it's such a rich word, and it can have so many different

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