Poetry has always been an emotional outlet for Shelleen. Her childhood “diary” consisted of an old shoe box stuffed full of poems scratched out on miscellaneous pieces of scrap paper.
Before Shelleen began recording her album, Rough Tracks, she wasn’t much of a singer at all. She doesn’t read music, but her vocal range lended itself to her sitting in the soprano section of her church choir. And that was about it.
It was an extended season of deep emotional pain that brought the strong alto voice to the surface as Shelleen’s poetry began morphing into song. It became her “best and worst of times” as her level of intimacy with the Lord increased while she learned the value of baring her soul in honest and heartfelt worship in the midst of her pain.
Like her poetry stuffed in the old shoebox, Shelleen had no thought of sharing her music publicly. Her best friend thought differently however, and volunteered for her to sing at a women’s retreat. With no small amount of trepidation, Shelleen agreed, and the invitations began to snowball, resulting in the recording of Rough Tracks. Every song from the album has seen radio play – Enraptured climbing to #1 and New Day to #4 on Christian Radio Weekly’s Global AC Charts.
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