Shelly Poole is a British singer and songwriter who has achieved international success in an ever- increasing variety of musical settings. The daughter of Brian Poole of the classic 1960s group The Tremeloes, Shelly formed the chart-busting band Alisha’s Attic with her sister, Karen, in the mid-1990s. Working with top producers including Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics) and Bill Botrell, Alisha’s Attic scored a string of hit singles, made gold and platinum albums, secured a nomination for an Ivor Novello songwriting award and saw Shelly described as one of the iconic female voices of the legendary Lilith fair in America.
Shelly’s 2005 solo album Hard Time For The Dreamer earned her constant radio exposure and copious five-star reviews. In 2008 she co-founded the country/folk band Red Sky July with her husband, Ally McErlaine (lead guitarist and founder member of Texas) and the American singer Charity Hair.
Shelly is a highly respected songwriter for other artists and has worked closely with talents as diverse as Janet Jackson, Massive Attack, Mark Ronson, Gary Barlow, Will Young, Bo Bruce, Westlife, Boyzone, Xpress 2, Paloma Faith, Amy Helm, Mel C, Ronan Keating, Michael Gray and Zucchero amongst many others.
Shelly’s incredibly talented song-writing skills recently appeared on the immensely successful U.K no.1 album by country duo Ward Thomas which features the single ‘Guilty Flowers’ co-penned by the act and Shelly. Poole is also behind the new anthemic power-ballad by X Factor winner Sam Bailey ‘Sing My Heart Out’ which not merely acts as the lead comeback single for Sam but also her title track to her new album.