Shelly is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Following in the footsteps of many legendary performers from the Bluegrass state, she moved to Nashville to pursue her musical career. Her songwriting talent and uniquely gifted voice quickly caught the attention of the Nashville songwriting community and she has collaborated with some of the very best writers including Gary Burr, Kent Blazy, Larry Cordle, and Mark Nesler. Her songs are introspective, and reflect her life experiences casting her as a true artist.
Produced by Henry Paul (BlackHawk) and Dale Oliver (Bucky Covington), this first major studio album by Shelly Rann introduces this amazing singer who possesses one of the most beautiful, passionate, and expressive voices in music today.
The first cut "Lotta Love" is both sultry and smooth and showcases Rann's amazing voice. However, the title track "Afterwords" is even better, and the ballad is a beautiful representation of contemporary country music that can be enjoyed by hardcore country fans and mainstream audiences as well.
The upbeat "I'm All Over That" may be Rann's best chance for country radio chart hit, and the melodic chorus is both memorable and hummable. By far the best song on the album is the pleading "Unloved," which offers an authentic vocal performance by Shelly Rann and is later revisited at the end of the album.
The traditional country track "Like There's No Yesterday" is no doubt a popular live concert favorite, but it is the soulful "Somebody Else's Business" which is the album's biggest surprise and shows the artist's playful side. This barn burner is a smile-inducing charmer.
The 12 tracks that make up "Afterwords" show an artist that has the talent to make it to the top of the country music business. The key to success for Shelly Rann is finding the perfect song that will take her to the top, and the evidence presented here suggests that this is one artist who just might do it. --CountryChart.com
Shelly is the best singer I've ever heard, and her songwriting is top notch! --Jimmy Fortune (Country Music Hall of Fame)