Bio

“Shelly Bhushan’s voice is a true standout: soulful and feisty and full. We couldn’t get her song Something Out of Nothing out of our heads…” – The New Yorker

“Shelly Bhushan has an amazing, stunning voice and a great sense of identity as a songwriter and performer. Something Out Of Nothing is one of those records that you want to press into people’s hands and make them hear. It’s truly wonderful.” Popshifter Magazine

“She captures the attention of her listeners with a sultry, atmospheric voice and effervescent stage presence…”
The Examiner

Honest, soulful, empowering…all words to describe singer/songwriter Shelly Bhushan. Gifted with an incredibly powerful voice, Shelly draws on a depth of emotion that ranges from desire to defiance, longing to exhilaration. It’s as if her soul reaches out to yours when you hear her sing–real, without a trace of pretentiousness.

These are just a few things people have said about me.

So let me tell YOU about me.

Background: 

Born and raised in Texas by immigrant parents. I’m half Indian and half Mexican. Untrained musician. High level Competitive Singer, managed to sneak my way into the prestigious University of Texas at Austin Chamber Singers despite being horrible at reading music. Thank God for Texas ear training. During my college years, I became a singing waitress, fronted a swing band (my first band). It was great. I loved it.  I wanted to move to NYC to pursue the Great American Dream, to be a famous singer. I had previously picked up a copy of the Village Voice on a holiday trip (my first time in NYC). I took that paper back to Dallas,  found a classified ad for a band that needed a singer, I auditioned for the band using a cassette tape and a Xerox copy of my license ( I “sharpied” out my DL #), they asked me to join. I agreed. I sold everything I owned and bought a one-way ticket to front that band — We rose quickly, got label attention, toured the country in a tour bus driven by Prince’s former bus driver, got nominated for the first Independent American Music Award, etc. etc. But like all things that rise, they must fall.  We broke up…had no band.  Through a series of fortunate events and a young ego, I was able to put a new band together and started songwriting all with minimal band leader experience and literally no music training. I taught myself to play guitar – you know the 3 chords. Over the course of the next decade my band produced 4 studio albums, played in such clubs as The Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, The Apollo and many others.  

The Present:

I’ve spent the last several years writing, playing around the city with my band or alone really just trying to become reacquainted with music and what I want out of it in this new world. I’m a wife and a mom. A woman with a day-job and an alternate life who organizes playdates and cleans the apartment and swiffers the floor. I’m a self-made woman just trying to make things work like everyone else, just with this unbelievable desire to make and succeed in the hardest career path of all time: Music. I’ve been fortunate in my life *knock on wood* to have friends through music who have basically become my family, most specifically John Celentano, Harry Cordew and Ben Hoffstein, among many others.  

The Future: 

What can I tell you except I have a lot of fires burning. I always do. I have a side-gig with my good friend Anthony Lanni called “The Beveled Edges”, we’re to release a full length jazz-like album in 2021. And as for my solo career, As for Shelly Bhushan, well… she was supposed to come back to life in 2020, but we all know about 2020. Let’s just say… I have some things up my sleeve. I think I’ll have something special to share with you very soon. Let’s say… spring 2021.

Thanks for reading. 

Stay well, stay safe, love each other, peace,

Shelly Bhushan