Shelby J
Prince Protégé

You may not have heard of Shelby J…yet,  but you’ve heard Shelby J.  You may have watched her sing and dance her heart out on neo-soul visionary D’Angelo’s Voodoo tour. You may have listened to her smoky, powerful pipes singing the “Right Here, Right Now” refrain from a Kmart radio campaign.  You certainly may have heard her on the albums and tours of a slew of musical greats: Mary J. Blige, Carlos Santana, Roy Hargrove, Martin Luther, D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, and her mentor, Prince. This lady’s sultry voice has been ev-er-y-where.

Shelby J. (née Shelby Johnson-Allen from Greensboro North Carolina) has long been a familiar face on stage and TV. She’s played with her live band Black Gypsy, performed on VH1 Soul, the MTV Movie Awards and soloed with Prince on the Superbowl XLI Halftime Show.  She started singing in a Gospel Choir when she was just 4-years-old.  Still a diva, just not famous yet.  That is until 2006 when she auditioned for Prince.   The audition blew Prince away.  He gave the sultry songstress a job and, together, they would sing on some of the biggest stages in the world for ten years.

There are precious few singers who can boast of having songs on their first solo album produced by His Royal Purple Badness. Working with Prince (whom she describes as “The greatest ever. Period. Dotcom”) was “humbling and awesome! I am so very thankful for his guidance and his support in all that I do!”

Shelby’s debut album, “10”, was released in the Spring of 2017 to great critical acclaim, showcasing her vocal range and musical influences from and earning her IHeart Radio’s Artist of the Month.  The release of the album during the one year anniversary of Prince’s passing is a tribute to the ten years that she had the honor and pleasure of performing with him, but equally importantly, of being his protégé and good friend.  In her last meeting with Prince at Paisley Park, he told her, “don’t come back here without a record.” She kept her promise to deliver, and that she has done.





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