Popular husband and wife duo, the Shelly Jones Band (Shelly and Lester) are two accomplished singer-songwriters, well known for delivering strong vocal harmonies and great musicianship, along with their signature dose of humour in their live shows. Their unique style blends upbeat Country, Country Rock, Rockabilly and 50s 60s with some Classics and Originals thrown in for some added spice.
They are polished all round entertainers who have been performing professionally together for over 15 years in their current format. Wherever the duo perform, they engage the audience with heartfelt songs, toe tapping tunes and high-quality showmanship.
The Shelly Jones Band are a hard working duo with an immense live performance listing of numerous registered club venues throughout NSW, and appearances at many Australian Country Music Festivals such as Temora, Bedgerabong, Grafton, Nambucca, and Tamworth to name a few.
They have also enjoyed extensive National and overseas radio airplay together with their latest video airing on Australian Country Music Channel TV. So far their album I’m In Trouble, has produced 2 European Country Music Charts hits and 5 hits in the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 Charts including two Top Ten entries. That earned them a nomination at this year’s Gold Medallion Media Awards in Tamworth for National Group/Duo of the Year for 2015. They also received a nomination in the 2015 TSA National Songwriting Awards for Bush Ballad of the Year topping off what has been a successful album and eventful year.
2017 - Finalist GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR 2016 - Gold Medallion Media Awards
2016 - Finalist AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
The Southern Stars: Australian Independent Country Music Awards
2016 - Finalist GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR 2015 - Gold Medallion Media Awards
2015 - Finalist TSA BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR - TSA National Country Songwriting Awards (Tamworth)
2008 - Finalists BEST DUO/GROUP - Victorian and National Country Music Awards
2008 - Finalists BEST NEW TALENT - Victorian and National Country Music Awards
2017 - Closer You Get #5 Australian Country Tracks Chart
2016/2017 - Without You #10 Australian Country Tracks Chart
2016 - Crosses By The Roadside #6 Australian Country Tracks Chart (Oct 2016)
2016 - Ten Guitars #6 Australian Country Tracks Chart (April 2016)
2015 - I Don't Want To Talk About It #12 Australian Country Tracks Chart
2015 - Grandpa's Farm #6 Australian Country Tracks Chart
2015 - Your Mama Don't Dance #16 Australian Country Tracks Chart
2014/2015 - Almost Perfect Man #29 Australian Country Tracks Chart, #14 European International Country Music Charts
2014 - I'm In Trouble #25 European International Country Music Charts
Shelly was classically trained in violin at a young age and soon also taught herself to play guitar, bass and keyboards. After a stroke at the age of 14 left her slightly disabled in her right hand, Shelly developed a technique to play bass guitar one handed and took up singing. With this unique playing style, Shelly started working in clubs as a bass guitarist and harmony singer at the age of 16.
Lester grew up in a musical family and soon gained inspiration to become a successful working musician. He taught himself to play bass and lead guitar and soon after took up singing. At a young age, he began playing in professional bands on the Sydney club circuit supporting national and international artists. He also regularly toured NSW with various other bands in variety acts. Lester has since developed a strong interest in sound engineering and established his own recording studio. He recorded and produced The Shelly Jones Band's debut album New Day Dawning.