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Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Shelby's sound has made waves in the indie pop culture of Ohio.
Influenced by the sounds of Julia Michaels, Sara Bareilles, and Orla Gartland, Shelby has combined her love of storytelling with catchy earworm melodies. With songs about jealousy, inadequacy, and the ups and downs of love-- her music reflects her personality in an honest and open way. After damage to her vocal cords in early 2015 that would later require surgery and three months of complete silence, she relied heavily on songwriting to get her through it all.
Shelby released her debut album, Make Sound, in February of 2018 and followed it up with her sophomore EP, Bad for Me, in June 2019. When the pandemic hit in 2020, Shelby began releasing a string of singles including Comfortable in Chaos, Overthinking, Happy for You, and her body positive anthem, Nothing Wrong With Me. Shelby has played venues all across the Midwest region and has opened for a variety of national artists including Dermot Kennedy, Maggie Rose, Eric Hutchinson, and Youtube star, Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Her song, Out of Here, was a finalist in the musical theatre songwriting competition, Write Out Loud, founded by Broadway's Taylor Louderman. Other accomplishments include winning the Akron High Arts Festival in 2017 and finishing as the runner-up the following year.
Shelby holds a BA degree from Kent State University in Music Education. She currently teaches K-5 general music in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Olive was a singer in the Nova Jazz Singers, the top vocal jazz ensemble at Kent State University, from 2013-2017. She was the vocalist of the Kent State University Jazz Orchestra from 2015-2017.
For more info about Shelby Olive, find her on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.
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