With a powerful, crystal-clear voice, Shelby Figueroa doesn’t just stir the emotions of her listeners, she sings straight to their hearts. The Ventura, California singer-songwriter and gifted pianist’s dynamic debut EP “Highwire” went to No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases when it was released in June 2016. Her songs – emotional, crisp, beautiful - blend dark pop with classic melodies. Shelby moves effortlessly from a velvety whisper to a fierce roar.
“Highwire” is an album about taking risks and facing fears. Shelby grew up listening to both doo-wop and classic rock records, and poured her classical piano training into covers of popular songs. Hearing her mom in their church choir also had a deep impact. As a teenager, Shelby honed her skills in the church’s band. When her mom passed away from a brief battle with cancer, she turned to songwriting to cope.
Recorded live by producer Shane Alexander at his newly opened Buddhaland Studios, Shelby’s five-song EP perfectly showcases her rich voice – reminiscent of Joanna Newsom and Joni Mitchell - and personal, but also universal, lyrics. Her recent performances include belting out the national anthem at the L.A. Galaxy’s season opener and a stunning show at Hollywood’s Hotel Café. Highwire can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.