Over the course of her career as a performing singer and songwriter, Shelly Phelps has brought a primal authenticity to her emotionally-raw story-telling as she carves truth from the human condition. With themes of desire, rebellion, love, grief, rebirth, and transformation, her lyrics are translated with vocals that range from deep and soulful to powerful, gutsy bravado. For instance, consider the lines from her newly released single, “Singing the Bones”: “I’m singing fire and power and I’ve claimed it for my own“. “Singing the Bones” is the second single release and the title track from her upcoming album.
Phelps is accompanied by her band, “The Storm” featuring Than Medlam on lead guitar, Joey Albin on bass guitar, and her husband, Jeff Holmes on drums. With diverse influences like rhythm and blues, retro soul, jazz, and roots rock, the Oklahoma City native focuses on reflecting the heart of the songs she writes rather than settling into a genre. “The whole album has a theme of ‘rising from the ashes’, reclaiming your place in the world, and setting things upright.”, explains Phelps. “It’s moody and raw and there’s a defiant swagger to the whole album, but with an air of positivity to some darker subject matter.” Phelps also includes songs of love, desire, and joy. “I would be remiss if I didn’t express the full gamut of the transformative experience.”, she said.
For Phelps, one of the greatest pleasures of writing, recording, and performing is connecting through music that expresses shared truth. “I don’t necessarily want to make people forget about their troubles. I want them to know they aren’t alone. That we are all on this planet together, in this room, in this moment together.“, said Phelps, “That everything will be alright, because we will make it so.“