Shelley Fisher was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He moved to Chicago at the age of ten and grew up on the city’s West side. Fisher began his musical career by studying music theory, composition and vocal technique in the Chicago Junior College system and The Chicago Conservatory of Music (Roosevelt University).
In 1966, Shelley wrote “Girl, I Love You”. The song, produced by Joshie “Jo” Armstead launched the career for singer Garland Green. It was the first R&B release for Universal MCA (Uni Review) Records.
He performed as a principal in Oscar Brown, Jr's musical production “Summer In The City”. Each night of the three month run, Shelley was a "show stopper" when he performed “Elegy” (To A Plain Black Boy), lyrics by Gwendolyn Brooks, Poet Laureate for the State of Illinois. When the show closed, he produced the song on his Aries Records Label. The single went on to become a regional hit and led to him opening a revue at the Regal Theater. Stevie Wonder was the closing act. Since that time he has shared billing with other world renown artists such as The Dells, Eartha Kitt and B.B. King.
Shelley departed Chicago in 1970 for Los Angeles with his big band musical arrangements. He hooked up with Lou Rawls who recorded Shelley's composition “Yesterday’s Dreams”. Fisher’s musical works have been released on; Motown Records, Sony Records, MCA Records and Warner Brothers Records.
In 1977, Shelley returned to Chicago and the infamous Cabrini- Green neighborhood as ‘Artist in Residence. He taught the ‘Blues’, assisted by Billy Branch as a cultural heritage in two Chicago’s Public Schools. The students who participated in the program had been classified as “educationally handicapped”. Funded by the Illinois Arts Council (National Endowment for the Arts) the program was highly successful and continues to receive support.
From 1978 through 1999, Fisher lived and performed abroad, namely in Osaka, Japan, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada and Oslo, Norway. His language skills include Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and polite Spanish. While living in Oslo, Norway, he wrote, produced and starred in “CELEBRATION, A Tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole. The classy, Las Vegas type show was produced at TV2 (Norwegian TV) and won high praises throughout Europe.
Shelley composed and performed on-screen, original music for the motion picture “Drifting Clouds”
(Kaus Pilvet Karkaavat), a comedy by Finnish producer and director, Aki Kaurismaki. The motion picture won
second prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and is licensed in more than thirty-one countries worldwide.
A complete list of Shelley’s film roles can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0279784/
Since 2000, Fisher has made his home in Las Vegas, NV. He was the headline act in the "Baccarat Bar" at the MGM/Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for three years (2002 - June, 2005) and has appeared at many of the Casinos and Resorts on “The Strip”.
“On The Beat”, A Tutorial & Teacher’s Aid for Today’s Music written by Fisher to teach aspiring musicians how to communicate in musical terms will be published November, 2008. “Music is much more than four beat loops. I hope to inspire musicians and singers to comprehend and perform the Art of Music using the compound time signatures such as 3/4 and 12/8 and not limit their talents to 4/4 beats”.
Shelley Fisher broke two attendance records on his 2006 European tour which included “Puntaldia” on the Island of Sardegna, Italy and “Concert By The Sea” in The Hague, Holland. Shelley Fisher’s newest project "Dem Boys From Chicago"R, is a salute to eight of the greatest music legends from Chicago. In 2008, he will be performing “CELEBRATION, A Tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole and More” as ‘Guest Entertainer on Cruise Ships, Special Events and ‘Blues’ & Jazz Festivals in Las Vegas.