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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Jazz Vocalist extraordinaire, artist and teacher Betty Shirley has come full circle in her life and is now reaping the benefits of her hard-earned endeavors. The Times Picayune declares “…her range and command of the stage make Shirley’s a voice that should be heard round the world.”

Blessed with all the range and tonal control one might expect from a first-class Jazz singer, Shirley can scat, propel, coax and hang on to a note. She improvises with unerring instincts and delivers exactly what a song needs, spinning notes like silk. Michael ‘Mr. Jazz’ Gourrier (of WRIR-FM, Richmond Virginia) says about Betty, “One of the top female vocalists on the New Orleans scene. sensitive, sassy, coy and a great interpreter.” ...
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Featured recording “Close Your Eyes”

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Close Your Eyes

Self Produced (2007)

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What they are saying...

“… rich, husky voice can take on the melodic meandering of Billie Holiday or the passionate power of a Sarah Vaughn” - Lagniappe, The Times Picayune

“One of the top female vocalists on the New Orleans scene “ sensitive, sassy, coy and a great interpreter.” -Michael ‘Mr. Jazz’ Gourrier of WRIR-FM, Richmond Virginia

“… Her songs are alive, mixing vocalizing, talking and scanting into a wonderful blend of colors…” - Notes from the Apple By Lucy Galliher, Musician and former East Coast Editor - Jazz Now Magazine

“…her range and command of the stage make Shirley’s a voice that should be heard round the world’ - Lagniappe, The Times Picayune

“If the festival had a surprise artist, it’s Shirley...

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