Swansea-born singer/songwriter Shellyann Evans has sung in a variety of venues, since the age of 11. An experienced, compelling and showstopping performer, the ‘big voice from a small village in the Rhondda Valleys’ brought the house down with three unforgettable vocal performances, before becoming the 2019 winner of the BBC’s hit Saturday night TV programme All Together Now.
2020 has seen Shellyann constantly busy, performing online video feeds to her followers via Facebook Live during the pandemic as well as releasing new video performances via YouTube.
There is also a new single, Fly Away, co-written by Shellyann with musician and songwriter, Chris Wright which is available to pre-order now via all digital platforms before its official release on December 20th.
Today, Shellyann reveals to Andy Howells the music that has inspired her career in music.
What was the first song that made an impact on you?
I think it was probably, Tina Arena, Chains. Incredible song my uncle introduced me to her music.
What was the first download you bought?
A Bonnie Raitt song, Feels Like Home. I was discovering country music. I’m a huge fan now.
What was the first album you owned?
It was a Tina Arena album, I loved it.
What’s your constant go to track?
I absolutely love love love , Fleetwood Mac!
What is your go to album?
I’m proud to say that Stevie Nicks’ Edge of Seventeen is my go too lol. Amazing album. Also love Shania Twain.
Who’s your latest music discovery?
Latest music discovery is Ashley McBryde. She’s everything, also Beth Hart. I love the grittiness in their voices.
What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?
I think it’s got to be Fly Away, it’s a song I’ve written myself with a friend. I put my heart on the line. There’s so much more to come. We’ve written a full album can’t wait for you to hear.
What’s the track that best defines you as a person?
It has to be Strong, I wrote strong with The Overtones back in 2019. I’m stronger than I think I am but didn’t realise until I had to go away and stay by myself. I missed home and that’s where the song came from. The lyrics say it all.