Jazz / Pop / Rock / Soul
Singer/songwriter, Laury Shelley, has been a performing artist ever since she can remember. Laury was living her dream touring as vocal soloist for five and a half years with five-time Grammy and three-time Oscar winning composer, Michel Legrand.
Legrand, whose brilliant scores range from movies such as The Summer of 42, Brian's Song, The Thomas Crown Affair and the Academy Award-winning score for Barbra Streisand's Yentl.
During these amazing years she sang at the world’s most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall(where the legendary Lena Horne came backstage to praise her), The Sahara Hotel in Vegas, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Miami’s Stars Under The Stars Concert Series at Marine Stadium and The Westbury Theatre in New York, as well as concert halls in Toronto, San Francisco, Dallas, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Laury shared stages with many musical icons including Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, while performing and recording with jazz greats Phil Woods, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Randy Brecker and Joe Beck.
Praised for her "amazing vocals" from WLFM’s Loni Taylor, described as "a brilliant singer" by Russ Davis with MOJA Internet Radio, called "the real deal" by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune with a televised live performance on WGN'S TV America’s Midday Show and was also named Artist of The Month from WLFM Chicago’s Smooth 87.7 FM.
Laury has performed at some of the top clubs, music festivals and venues including LA's Cinegrill, LA's Gardenia Club and New York's Iridium Jazz Club. Chicago appearances: Katerina's, Coq d'Or & Palm Court at The Drake Hotel, Pete Miller's, Catch Thirty Five, Jazz Showcase, Maxim's, The 720 Lounge/Hilton Chicago Hotel and Pranzi. Music Festivals: Summerfest in Milwaukee, Taste of Chicago and Chicago's Jazz Festival.
2011 marked her reunion with Legrand when they performed together at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis and most recently Laury made her debut Oct. 2012 at the Metropolitan Room in NY.
Known for being one of the most versatile voices led to Laury singing on many national commercials such as McDonalds, Kelloggs, United Airlines, 7-Up and Coors Light Beer...
Loni Taylor - Radio Host
"Very special...she is the real deal"
Rick Kogan - Chicago Tribune
"Laury brings passion to everything she sings"
Kevin Moore - WSBC AM-1240 Access Radio Chicago
"A brilliant singer"
Russ Davis - Owner of MOJA Internet Radio-New York
The All New Music Revue
"The possessor of an incredible vocal instrument"
Mort Goode - Noted music critic and author
"Singer/songwriter Laury Shelley is a talented singer with a passion for writing good pop songs with a good message. Listen and share in the joy of her voice as she shares her stories. Enjoy!."
Michael Orland, Musical Director/Vocal Coach, American Idol...
“Every once in awhile a voice appears and you wonder, who is that? A voice that is both startling and breathtaking, whose "instrument" is on such a high level that it leaves you stunned. A resonance that lasts longer in your head as you let it wash all over you. A story teller with a magnificent way of communicating. Such a vocalist is Laury Shelley. Laury has sung with some of the giants in the business. This is someone you need to experience to see what I'm talking about.
This is a world class singer!”
Renowned Tenor Saxophonist with Sinatra, Gerry Mulligan & Maynard Ferguson
"I worked with Laury with Michel Legrand - and you don't work with him unless you can produce!"
Legendary four time Grammy Award winning Alto Saxophonist
Laury’s EP, titled "Pieces of Dreams" is available on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.com.
She can also be heard singing with Michel Legrand the duet version of "Pieces of Dreams" on the 2012 recently re-released CD "Michel Legrand and Friends" and on the Japanese release "Michel Legrand: The RCA Years" CD.
Currently, Laury is working on writing and recording her own original music of pop, rock, soul and also performing live. Her CD will be released sometime this year 2015.
A singer of musical integrity, Laury brings passion to everything she sings. Displaying enormous range and versatility, Laury puts her own indelible stamp on every song making each performance unforgettable.