Welcome to ShelleyLynch.com International Independent Country Recording Artist

Shelley Lynch may be from a small Canadian town but there is nothing small about the talent this singer-songwriter has been blessed with. When the album “Walk through Life” came out in 1996 Shelley was inspired with the success of radio play and international support. The style continued in the next album “Dream Big,” a collection of songs she wrote and performed that exploded with lyrics as honest and as personal as life can get.

Shelley pours her heart and soul into every song she writes. She says she has to ‘live it’ to ‘write it’. The ‘Dream Big’ (2007 release) building a profound connection to a growth process that began in childhood and continues on to the present, always “dreaming big” throughout life, striving to make her musical vision a reality. Moving on to her next release ‘Powerful Woman’ brings some of the most powerful and soulful songs written.

The first single release, October 2013, ‘Love and Fate’, is an upbeat positive tune about finding your soul mate and being honest with yourself. ‘911 Rescue Me’ is a personal tribute as Shelley has been saving lives and writing songs for over two decades. ‘I Will Survive’… with lyrics like “I am proof, there is life, there is life after this hell I’ve been living” showing strength and survival through tough times, straight from the heart, real life, real as it gets. The song ‘Powerful Woman’ shows independence in a fun way.

An now in 2020 headed out the door, the first single from the 4 song LP, produced by Dean Miller, son of famous Roger Miller, Dreams and Gasoline. This is a co write with Travis Pickering, friend and guitarist. A song about igniting your lost dreams.

Shelley was born in Fernie, British Columbia, fifth of six children of long-time residents Frank and Mary Lynch. They were a business-orientated family with a deep faith and a strong love of music that led to dedicating part of their living room to drums, guitar and organ giving the family ample opportunity to sing and entertain together.

By age ten Shelley was playing guitar with older sister Kim. At 12 she wrote her first song titled “Spring.” Along with singing and playing guitar in church every Sunday, a high school competition which included teacher contestants, Shelley performed an original song that got her the top prize. This win served as the impetus to bolster her confidence to perform publicly.

As the years went on playing at weddings, churches, campfires and wherever she could, Shelley and sister Cathy started performing as the “Lynch Sisters” in bars and special events. Not long after Cathy’s husband Craig joined the group to become ‘Country Mile’

She has attended many Canadian Country Music Seminars/Award shows, BC Country Music Awards, sang live on CFCN Television, performed at Fernie’s own Elk Valley Jamboree, live on the Big Breakfast Show, Calgary, performed live on Shaw Cable TV and on the Nashville North stage during Stampede Week in Calgary. In 2009 she attended the CRS (Country Radio Seminar) in Nashville, meeting radio personal, industry professionals and several major artists. Shelley has continued to attend this event annually with her sister Cathy.

People celebrated her success and predicted a bright future. However without a record label to market her music, it is difficult. “You still have to work your day job, maintain a family balance and work your business in between. This does not leave a lot of time for ‘sleep’ or ‘play’. Your drive to fulfill your gift God has given you, has to be very strong with endless faith and hard work.” Shelley explains.

Shelley asked her sister Cathy to join her as part of the Lynch Records team in 2009. This independent company publishes songs and sells CDs, T-Shirts, iPhone cases and other great merchandise under her own label. Shelley is aware that talent is only a small part of success in this business. Management, direction, image, persistent determination and putting 110% into everything you do are the true requirements.

But life hasn’t been without difficulty. Shelley was eight when her mom suffered a car accident that resulted in her being permanently bound to a wheelchair. Several years later her brother Bud experienced a similar accident that left him with severe nerve damage and in need of a wheelchair, a young cousin involved in a motor vehicle accident is a quadriplegic.

While pregnant, Shelley was putting together a deal with Miles Goodwen of April Wine fame, to procure mechanical rights to the song “Like a Lover, Like a Song”, when she felt a lump on the inside of her left knee. Not wanting to put her unborn child through chemical treatment Shelley kept the lump a secretThose months were “hell” she says as she points to a long scar and adds that during alternative therapy and convalescence she took time for a “good break, to think”. The song “Let Me Stay” was written during that bleak time.

Shelley has instructed and trained as a first responder, became a Primary Care Paramedic and was a Captain and Officer with the fire department in the Jaffray/Baynes Lake area where she previously resided. She held tickets for different levels of training but let the surface mine rescue tickets slide while she and ex husband ran their business “The Dutchman’s Garden”, a home delivery program of organic products and produce that served a large radius of customers from BC to Alberta.

After many years of soliciting, in 2008 Shelly’s “Dream Big” CD caught the eye of Jerry Duncan of Jerry Duncan Promotions from Nashville. His marketing of Shelley’s single Plowin’& Cryin’ resulted in Shelley’s music finding its way on the top 100 on the Music Row Charts and Top 10 Independent Charts.

The “Dream Big” album released internationally got lots of attention in the US through radio with the “Plowin & Cryin”, “Dream Big” and “You Can’t Look Back” singles. Plowin’ & Cryin – first single out reached top 100 Music Row / #8 New Music Weekly Charts: Dream Big – single out top 100 Music Row / #23 New Music Weekly Charts: You Can’t Look Back – third single out top 100 Music Row / #3 New Music Weekly Charts. Distributed through CD Baby, a worldwide independent distributor, and linked to iTunes, payplay.fm and several other MP3 digital download distributors.

At this time, Shelley organized the ‘Lynch Records’ office with her sister Cathy, which is still part of the overall plan. She also has an office/studio at her home in Southern BC. She has literally covered the walls with framed CDs of songs recorded and other certificates of achievement, even the first cheque for royalties from SOCAN for air play of a song. She says she has done this as a form of encouragement to “realize you can achieve Big Dreams; it just takes dedication and time.”

December 2011, she was approached by a record label out of Florida. Shelley’s daughter Sadi has always been a huge part of her mom’s music career. At age 2, Sadi sang at the Calgary Stampede Nashville North Stage with her mom. Sadi is also a guitar player, singer/song writer/ entertainer. As always wanting her daughter to sing with her, Shelley asked the label what they thought of a mother/daughter duo. Well, this was an amazing opportunity as there had been no mother/daughter duos since the Judd’s.

“The music industry is very hard core”, Shelley says, “you have to be tougher than tough. You not only pour your heart and soul out to be judged, but there are many people wanting to make money off of you.”

Time went by quickly. The new mother/daughter duo, ‘The Lynch’s’ had investors, they recorded at OmniSound Studio Nashville and then within a month found themselves in Florida to complete the recording process.

While in Florida, ‘The Lynch’s’ had some discrepancies over royalties and financial business decisions. This resulted in both companies parting their ways. Upon return to Fernie, ‘The Dream Team’ (Shelley, Sadi and Cathy) was still determined to make it happen. Shelley was quick to write a new song, ‘Purpose in Life’, with a message that you have a gift and should bring that gift to life. Anytime you go out of your comfort zone, you are going ‘out on a limb’.

With the pressures of ‘the industry’ and everyday chatter, it made it difficult for this mother/daughter duo and soon they found themselves at an expiration. Sadi wanted to take a break; this was the end of ‘The Lynch’s’. Shelley says, “It’s sad. I know that Sadi and I have something special, we always have had. But I have to surrender it to God and be grateful of the experience I had.”

In late spring 2013, Shelley left her husband. This was a very trying time for her and she only had one thing to say, “Nobody knows what goes on in a marriage except for the two people involved. Sometimes things just don’t work out, that is just the way it is”.

With the passing of her father on July 8, 2015, added to the down side of life. “I don’t even know what to say, or how to explain the sadness I felt and continue to feel with the loss of my dad. I have comfort knowing that he is always around me, watching over all of my family and especially my mom. I do know that he believed in my music career and I have to kick myself in the butt and get moving.” For the past year Shelley has been upgrading her paramedic skills. She explains that working all the time and studying keeps her from losing it! “I know my time to grieve is still coming, maybe when or if I ever slow down. But for now, I will give it all I got, as life is short and we only live once.”

Shelley has persistence, a positive outlook and a desire to take her dream to yet another level. Back on her own, she knows the music business needs to be balanced with her family life and her job, but it is time to step it up a couple notches, focusing more on the business.

Regardless whether she achieves the world limelight like she hopes and right now this definitely seems a close possibility, this young woman is already a success at life, proving she has what it takes to be an international star.

Radio Stations that have played “Plowin and Cryin”, “Dream Big” and “You Can”t Look Back”.

Thank You Radio!

Blue pins: Music Row. Red Pins: A lot of great stations!

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