SHELLEY BUFFITT interview with TV Producer Cal Young (Up and Coming) 1999 (c)
CAL: What inspires you to write and perform?
"It's all about the creation....that single event that motivates a person to bring their ideas to life..be it a song, a poem, a sculpture.... it's a gift..not just theirs but one to share with everyone....that is an artist.....that's what I am. Its taken me a long time to admit that....and curiously, once I did, I was more humbled"
In 1999, Shelley Buffitt recorded her debut album "My First Love". The album was considered a huge success for a newcomer to the recording industry.
Her first releases to radio had her charting in Canada and Europe within months. In October 1999, she was awarded "Female Vocalist of the Year" by Nashville Indie Tracker Magazine. In May 2000, the Ontario Country Music Association, nominated her "Female Vocalist of The Year", "CD of The Year" and the "Rising Star Award".
Shelley performed at the Awards, along with Jamie Warren, Diane Chase, Colin Amey and John Landry. Shelley was also selected to present fellow songwriter, Jim Witter, with the "SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award".
It was quickly decided another album needed to follow the heels of success of "My First Love". The recording of Shelley's 2nd album "Bad Side of Town" began in April 2000.
The album was released in August 2000.
By October, "Bad Side of Town" was charted as the #2 album in European airplay. Her first single "Lady and A Friend" was polled at #1 on the PMI-USA/European charts. At home in Canada "Honky-Tonk Angels" a duet with friend Kelly Vohnn charted on the CanCountry Top 100. The single was nominated "Duet of The Year" at the "Ontario Country Performers and Fans Association Awards" in April 2002. Shelley was also nominated "Rising Star" at the awards, which was hosted by "The Good Brothers".
In October 2000, TVOntario filmed a mini-documentary on Studio2 about Shelley , her music career and personal life. Shelley, a Paramedic also, was awarded in 1998 with the "International Odd fellows & Rebekahs"- "Good Samaritan of the Year Award" for her development of the Lynn Silver Assistance Fund.
Ms. Buffitt also received the Governor General Award for Exemplary service in September 2005.
Shelley is one of 1400 paramedics to date to have been presented this prestegious honour.
Shelley has shared stages with other great artists such as Alannah Myles, The Stampeders, and Julian Austin, to name a few.
Her long running CanCountry charting single "Lonely (looks like me)" released in 2002 was co-written with Canadian Music Icon Mark LaForme.
Nashville Fan Fair event promoters also invited Shelley to perform at the Kitty Well's Dinner Theatre that same year. It was her first trip to Nashville and certainly not her last.
Shelley has headlined such events as The Thunder Bay Music Festival in 2000 and the Nashville North Nightclub 10th Anniversary in Norval, Ontario in 2005.
In March of 2004, Shelley produced a 1 hour Internet Show for charity on www.livve.com The show was taped at the Caledon Village Inn to a sold out live audience and approximately 500 people viewed "Sharing A Reason".
Shelley was a special featured guest at "The Honeywood Potato Festival" in Honeywood, Ontario in August 2004.
In October 2004, she was requested by the Board of Directors for the Southlake Regional Hospital to perform her dedication song to her best friend Margie who lost her battle to cancer at age 50. This fundraiser is an annual event to raise monies for cancer research.
In November 2004, Shelley entertained at the Orangeville Mall. The appearance was sponsored by Jack Fraser Men's Wear. Shelley's performance and Cd sales also supported the "Choices Youth Shelter" and she was able to present a substantial donation to their charity.
In December 2004, Shelley appeared at the Welland, Ontario "Toys For Tot's" benefit.
Although in 2005 Ms. Buffitt took a hiatus from performing she did perform at the Choices Night Out on Feb. 4th 2006 in Orangeville Ontario.
Shelley has been busy writing, recording back-up vocals for various artists and singing demos for songwriters.
"Darlin' Its Over" written by Shelley and recorded by Canadian artist Judy Kanyo is up for nomination for the 2006 European Country Music Awards being held in Spain in June.
Buffitt is also the lead vocalist for the band "Shelley Cousins" and their new album will be released early in 2007. The album is entitled "Inevitable" and will be released by Alleged-Iguana Music.
The Band was nominated for "R & B Artists of the Year" at the Toronto Independent Music Awards in October 2006.
In September 2006 Ms. Buffitt released her debut book of lyrical prose called "This Red Book" . She has also taken a position with Rogers Cable as a news reporter as of August 2006.
"Dash Music" a music promotional/consultation company is owned and operated by Buffitt.
My First Love-1999
Bad Side of Town-2000
Beyond This Woman-Dec.2004
Singles (Canadian&European RADIO)
Might Have Been-2002
Lonely- 2002(Cancountry Charts 2002..Top 100 for 7 months)
Honky Tonk Angels-2000 (Cancountry Charts #84..Feb.2001)
Little Bitty Something-2004(EuropeanCMA Charts July to present Top 100)
Your History-2004(EuropeanCMA Charts May/June #8)