One of those defining moments occurred when a promising vocalist Laury Shelley asked five-time Grammy and three-time Oscar winning composer Michel Legrand, who was performing at Chicago’s famous nightspot Mr. Kelly’s, if she could sing for him. Legrand, whose brilliant scores range from movies such as The Summer of 42, Brian's Song, The Thomas Crown Affair and the Academy Award-winning score for Barbra Streisand's Yentl, said yes. He was so astounded by what he unexpectedly heard, that for the next five and a half years, Laury lived a dream performing as Legrand's vocal soloist.
She sang at the world’s most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall (where the legendary Lena Horne came backstage to praise her), The Sahara Hotel in Vegas, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Miami’s Stars Under The Stars Concert Series at Marine Stadium and The Westbury Theatre, as well as concert halls in Toronto, San Francisco, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Laury shared stages with many musical icons including Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, while performing and recording with jazz greats Phil Woods, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Randy Brecker and Joe Beck.
Laury is featured singing a duet with Legrand of the Academy Award nominated song Pieces of Dreams on the recordings Michel Legrand and Friends and the recently released CD Michel Legrand The RCA Years, that also includes musical luminaries Lena Horne and Jack Jones.
In addition to touring with Legrand, Laury has performed at some of the nation’s top concert halls and music festivals including LA’s Cinegrill, Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Chicago’s Jazz Showcase.
A singer of musical integrity, Laury brings passion to everything she sings. Displaying enormous range and versatility, Laury puts her own indelible stamp on every song making each performance unforgettable.
Laury Shelley is someone you need to hear and experience.