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Holly Shelton is a regionally known entertainer based in the Pensacola area. Known as an entertainer's entertainer; she is multi-faceted in eclectic musical styles. Her CD'S are available on Amazon.com and most Internet sites such as Rhapsody, etc. under Holly Shelton - jazz singer. She is a journied actress also. Currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at U.W.F. with Veterans as her population of interest and devotion; the Pearl Harbor Honor Flight is her most compassionate project to-date. www.PearlHarborHonorFlight.com She is married to Pensacola State College's Don Snowden; Department Head Music and Theatre, trombonist in Pensacola Symphony and leader of the Pensacola Civic Band and the Don Snowden Big Band Allstars. Shelton and Snowden perform in the Eves in Old Seville series annually.band leader Don Snowden. Holly Shelton Bio www.Hollyshelton.com Facebook Holly@hollyshelton.com
“Holly’s something over six feet tall, and there isn’t a stage built that will contain her”. 1
Shelton grew up, and up and up… in a musical family in Memphis, Tennessee. Her parents were civic leaders, musicians and consummate professionals who groomed her as a performer from an early age. Mary Shelton, her mother and greatest influence, entertained countrywide with original one-woman musical shows. Exposed to art, opera, musical theatre, blues, dance and New Orleans Jazz, there was little doubt Shelton would follow the spotlights.
After earning a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance, she spent almost a decade in L.A., California learning the film industry at Warner Brothers and honing her craft. Two large earthquakes persuaded her to re-locate to the Gulf Coast. She has appeared in films, including Clint Eastwood’s “Heartbreak Ridge”, TV and stage, in club and cabaret venues across the country. Tours to Morocco and the Mediterranean sparked her interest in singing in French, which she continues to pursue today.
Four self-produced CD’S are on the Internet. Her voice can be heard on many compilations including the latest “The Memphis Belles” by The Inside Sounds label in Memphis, TN, and Friends of the Saenger’s “Pensacola in Music”. One of her CD cuts from “Deep Purple” recorded in New York made the top-100 jazz list in Spain.
Named “Best Vocalist on the Gulf Coast” several times by Gannett and IN News, she continues to delight regional audiences with her colorful and versatile shows. “Compared to the way Holly works a room, most entertainers can’t work a closet”. 2.
Among her favorite L.A. memories are working with Eastwood, Les McCann, and Eddie Harris and in the last few years, entertaining for Dr. Ruth, Claude Bolling and Morgan Freeman.
A serious Veteran’s Advocate; she is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work from the University of West Florida. Founder and co-organizer of the Pearl Harbor Initiative to transport remaining area Veteran survivors back for the 70th anniversary of the attack 12/07/11; please visit www.PearlHarborHonorFlight.com. Shelton’s personal website is www.Hollyshelton.com. E-mail Holly@hollyshelton.com. Facebook , also. Downloads of CD’S are available from Amazon.com and other Cd sites under Holly Shelton - Jazz.
1. Bill Campbell, The Northwest Florida Daily News 2. James Briggs, former G.M. North River Yacht Club, Tuscaloosa, Ala.