Raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL has spent the last couple years touring to support their critically acclaimed debut release. Whether playing at folk festivals or with orchestras, SHEL captivates audiences with their distinctive arrangements and an energized show. SHEL's forthcoming sophomore LP will be released on Dave Stewartâs new label, Dave Stewart Entertainment, in the spring of 2016. SHEL's songs have been featured in numerous television shows, films and commercials.
The four sisters of SHEL create a compelling musical alchemy with captivating harmonies and intriguing rhythms. Raised in an abandoned trailer park that the family restored and turned into a farm, the four sisters had an unconventional and imaginative upbringing in Colorado. A common dream grew between the group as they began to form a synergetic band made up of four completely different individuals. Using their first initials, the band created an acronym-SHEL. Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook like to say they are "four sisters, traveling the world, tellin' tales and sharing a dream."
At age ten, Hannah began studying classical piano, improvisation and theory, which influenced her contribution to the bandâs four-part harmony arrangements, classical hooks and synth-basslines. The following year, Eva acquired a mandolin and fearlessly explored her favorite genres from classical to rock and beyond, honing the songwriting skills that have become the center of SHEL's sound. Sarah started with the violin, traveling around the Midwest performing at contests and festivals, quickly stepping up as the band's spokesperson. Liza started her musical career at age six on classical harp before switching to her rhythmic calling: Djembe, drum-kit and beat-boxing.
The band has spent the last two years touring, playing at festivals, clubs, schools and numerous performances with orchestras that have created arrangements around SHEL's music. They have made appearances on public radio's Etown, Echoes, Open Air, multiple live TV shows, South by Southwest and CMJ. In addition, SHEL's music has been featured in films, numerous television shows and their original instrumentals appear in national commercials for Glade and Splenda.
Sarah is SHEL's primary videographer and editor, co-directing most of their videos with Eva. SHEL's videos have been shot in locations ranging from the coast of Northern Ireland to rivers in Colorado and have premiered on USA Today, MTV Buzzworthy, CMT, Huffington Post and more.