Artist info

Genre

Roots, Indie


Sounds like

Joan Beaz, Ani de Franco, Joni Mitchell


band members

Shelley Cusiter - Song Writer, Vocals, Gutair, Kian - Drums & Gary on Bass.


Influences

Joni Mitchell, john butler, Ani de Franco


Bio

Born in the forest filled Blue Mountains of NSW to now living in the rainforest covered village of Kuranda in Far North Queensland, wherever she goes 'Shells' always finds herself surrounded by natural beauty. 'Shells' appreciation of the different landscapes and beauty of the diverse Australian bush plays a large part and is somewhat a driving force behind the creation of her music. From soft Folk solo performances to, when linked with her band, more upbeat Folk/Rock, Blues and Roots performances 'Shells' can play to any crowd. 'Shells' captures her audience with her excitement then moves them with her creative depth. 'Shells' has been working independently in the Australian Music Industry for 11 years and in this time has; successfully toured the East Coast from Cairns to Tasmania; toured internationally in England, Canada, and Northern USA; released two full length albums; and one EP. 'Shells' first two projects were recorded and released in Sydney. Her EP 'Earth Whispers' in 1999 and her debut, self titled album 'Shells' in 2003. 'Shells' debut album was recorded with an array of Celtic style instruments including violin and cello, which creates a traditional folk/pop sound. The more Folk/Rock angle of her most recent release 'More to Life' recorded in Far North Queensland in 2010, has turned 'Shells' shows into a more upbeat experience. Now incorporating a punchy back line of drums and bass guitar to her live performances, 'Shells' is finding her new, bigger sounding outfit on more main stages than ever before. 'Shells' has found herself being invited to play more main stage performances at Festivals such as, the 'Tablelands Folk Festival @ Yungaburra, the 'Yeppoon Village Festival and the 'Wallaby Creek Festival' to name a few. As well as a seasoned festival performer, 'Shells' also provides quality workshops to the many east coast festivals of Australia. At Peats Ridge Festival, her extremely popular Poi twirling Workshop overflows the Workshop tent every year. 'Shells' also teaches fun children's workshops, which include 'Poi Twirling' and 'Poi Making'. 'Shells' goals are to continue climbing the Music Industry ladder; to perform more Festivals; to get her music into mainstream media (Radio, TV); continue touring Australia, and the World; and most of all, continue enjoying the Journey. "To love the life you live is to live a life of love".