Lonesome Traveler Christmas Version
Entertainer * Songwriter * Producer * Educator 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, Roosevelt University and sitting in at the Monday night "jam sessions" in the Jazz clubs all over Chicago. In 1966, Shelley wrote his first 'Hit', "Girl, I Love You". The song launched the career for singer Garland Green and it was the first R&B release for Universal MCA (Uni Review) Records. Also in 1966, he performed as a principal in Oscar Brown, Jr's musical production "Summer In The City" (Harper Court Theater, Hyde Park, Chicago). Each night of the three month run, Shelley was a 'show stopper' when he performed "Elegy" (To A Plain Black Boy), lyrics by Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. 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 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, and his dreams. He hooked up with the great Lou Rawls who recorded Shelley's composition "Yesterday's Dreams", released on Capitol Records. His musical works have since been released on; Motown Records, Sony Records, MCA Records and Warner Brothers Records. In 1977, Shelley returned to Chicago and the socially economically deprived neighborhood known as Cabrini Green as 'Artist in Residence' and taught the 'Blues' as a cultural heritage in Chicago's Public Schools. The program of his design was funded by the Illinois Arts Council (National Endowment for the Arts) and was highly successful and continues to be funded. 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 NRK (Norwegian TV) and won high praises throughout Europe. Shelley Fisher composed and performed on-screen original music for the motion picture "Drifting Clouds" (Kaus Pilvet Karkaavat), a motion picture by Finnish producer and director, Aki Kaurismaki. The movie won second prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and is licensed in thirty-one countries worldwide. He starred in 'Calliope', a comedy made for theaters. The movie data base IMDB.com has a list of his other Film credits. 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 for three years (2002 - June, 2005). His newest project, a concert/media event 'Dem Boys From Chicago'™, A Musical Salute, dedicated to nine of the greatest music legends from Chicago, namely: Oscar Brown, Jr., Nat 'King' Cole, Sam Cooke, Tyrone Davis, Willie Dixon, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Lou Rawls & Joe Williams. He plans to document the event in Chicago ths Fall (2007).