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Dehlice Shelton

"Original Powerful Phenomenal!" These are only a few words audiences have
used to describe the artistry of singer/songwriter Dehlice Shelton. "Through
her singing, she fills the air with classical elegance." Her stage presence,
alone, lures you from the day-to-day, hard working mother of two you will find
at home. Onstage, Dehlice captivates audiences with a seductive force that
embrace her vocal skills. As a songwriter, Dehlice has written lyrics and
composed/arranged several original songs-two of which have been
published.

A native of New Orleans Louisiana, Dehlice's first introduction to music was
playing the violin in elementary school. From age 14 - 17, she connected with
musicians who played R&B and Pop music. This exposure peaked her interest
in singing and performance. At age 17, she moved to Baton Rouge where the
opportunity to become a singer just "happened."

After numerous performances through high school and showcases, Dehlice
began singing with groups such as Bobby Powell, Crystal and Daily News
in and around the Greater Baton Rouge area. Two years later, she joined
forces with the keyboard player from Crystal and began a partnership to
develop writing, arranging and producing original music. This eventually
led to Dehlice doing background vocals and vocal arranging for other local
artist.

Dehlice took a few years off to raise her children, not realizing that
the music industry would soon call her back. Once her children were
old enough, she enrolled at Louisiana State University to pursue music
to the fullest. This time she entered the world of classical music. She
found this to be challenging, yet confining to her creative abilities.
Dehlice graduated from LSU with a degree in vocal performance with her
years of experience in R&B, Jazz, and Pop music. Her desire to develop her
composition skills and learn more about the business of music led Dehlice
to enter the graduate voice program at Loyola University, New Orleans.
While earning her Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Dehlice further
developed her skills as a composer. Her studies culminated with a triumphant
graduate recital that featured classical works, spirituals and music
composed and arranged by the artist herself.

Dehlice Shelton's awards and honors include the 2001 Arts
Ambassadors award, the National Association of Teachers of Singing
Vocal Competition and performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Festival with Jazz Great, Alvin Batiste. Dehlice is an extraordinary,
versatile talent on the verge of making her mark in the music industry.


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