We had the good fortune of connecting with Shelby Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shelby, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Authenticity. I joke and tell people all the time that “unfortunately, all I know how to be is myself” but that’s the bottom line of it!! It applies to everything!!
Are you being authentic in your songwriting. Are the shows, brand deals, collaborations you’re taking authentic to who you are? Is your merchandise something you would wear? Are you making music that YOU would listen to or are you making music with hopes someone else will like it??
Starting at the ground floor with yourself, your likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses, and establishing who YOU are from the jump, it will give you a solid foundation to build success off of.

I think it is also important to emphasize that there are a million and one definitions of success, so that really opens up an incredibly vast amount of opportunities to do anything but fail!

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Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being an artist is the COOLEST job in the world. Hands down.

I struggle to pin point what sets me apart from others because currently I am in an intense season of collaboration with other artists, so I see my skill set through a different lens. As a songwriter, I am still finding my feet on what makes a song clearly by Shelby Stone. I am notorious of writing a solid angry, dramatic, and wordy tune so getting to sit down with songwriters that are better at simplifying metaphors, creating unique chord progressions, (and just aren’t as angry at the world as I am) is something I am SO excited about.

I’ve written more songs in 2024 than I have in the past two years and I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of it!!

Originally, I had no intentions of being a musician. I led worship in middle & high school, taught myself guitar my junior year, but only the basics as I just considered it a hobby! I thought I wanted to work in the health care system! When I went to college, I was a blonde cheerleader majoring in nursing! I started out at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, but in the fall of 2019, I transferred to UT Arlington. It was that year that I found a part time job as a promotions assistant at a local radio station and discovered that you didn’t have to be a stadium touring artists to be a musician. Spring of 2020, I changed my degree to Music Industries Studies and jumped in, head first.

My first acoustic show was Valentines Day, and then the world shut down almost an exact month later. So definitely a rough start! I played 3 to 4 hour covers-only acoustic shows when the world opened back up, and did that consistently 3,4,5 times a week up until 2022, thanks to finding management with Honcho Music Group. But I will never take for granted the skills I learned during that time. Those shows can be rough, but I learned how to play to an empty room, how to carry myself on stage, how to tell stories, how to handle drunk hecklers (on and off stage), and how to truly hold my own in this industry.

I’ve been asked “what I want the world to know about Shelby Stone” a lot here recently, and you’d think I would know by now. But I think I can sum up it with this.

I’m young, hungry and hot. I want to learn as much as I can about everything in the music industry because I truly love it with my whole being. I only know who to write what I know and I only know how to be myself.

Oh and that I ain’t going anywhere.

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Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One thing about me is I LOVE a good little list. And I get a week??? Game ON.

I’ve lived in DFW my whole life so buckle in.

Some main attractions I’d make sure to hit is the Fort Worth Zoo or the Dallas Aquarium, as well as the Amon G. Carter Art Museum for daytime activities. One day would have to be completely dedicated to the Fort Worth Stockyards. I grew up down there since my dad was a professional bullfighter, so while there are obvious tourist attractions, it’s still one of my favorite places in the world. Obviously, we would go to the Cowtown Coliseum for a classic rodeo performance, maybe see who’s playing over at Billy Bobs but some nonnegotiable’s would be showing them my musician friends playing at Filthy McNasty’s and then taking them to the stellar taco truck behind PR’s Saloon.

I am an AVID thrifter and small business shopper, so one day would have to be dedicated to that. We would hit Second Hand Sorrel in Bridgeport, Vagabond Vintage (in either Fort Worth, Denton, or Dallas), and Studio 74 in Fort Worth. I would also introduce them to Tone Shop Guitars. The absolute BEST music store in the world. They just opened a new Fort Worth location, but I’d also take them to meet the fine folks working at the Southlake and Addison locations.

Every night of the week could absolutely be filled with live music. There are NUMEROUS in the Stockyards, but Tulips in Fort Worth is a sweet spot, as well as The Rusty Nickel and Magnolia Motor Lounge. There’s also the Mule Barn in Justin, The Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, The Sundown at Granada in Dallas, and so many more.

One of my favorite things about DFW is majority of these city’s are Music Friendly Cities, so free and GOOD shows are easy to find. MFC also take phenomenal care of musicians so anytime we can support them always feels good.

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The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
If it’s okay, I have two.

The first one is my sweet man, Aron Pilkington. I like to call him a “Jack of All Trades, Master of Most”. When we first met, he was just an average music consumer, but today??? He is a photographer, videographer, tour manager, security, guitar technician, sound engineer, tour merchandiser – you NAME it. He is my rock and I genuinely wouldn’t have made it this far without him in my corner pushing me as well as being a safe place to land when I fall. I love him dearly.

The second one is one of my best friends, Whit Green!! Though we only met in 2022, I feel like we grew up together. She just “gets” my brain. Whit is also an author, so it really works out when my brain decides to buffer, I can call on a professional writer to aide in the fine details (or big details) with my songwriting. Business aside, she’s an accountable safe space, a strong woman, and just the literal definition of a good friend. I love her and her brain SO much. My current biography was also written by her, which you can check out on my website!

Website: https://Shelby-stone.com

Instagram: https://Instagram.com/theshelbystone

Facebook: https://Facebook.com/shelbystonemusic

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Image Credits
Silver Dollar Shutter
Haylee Hays
Karlee Brassell
Wild K Photography

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