Shelly Poole

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Shelly Poole
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Shelly Poole performing as part of Alisha's Attic in 1998
Background information
Birth nameMichelle Lena Poole
OriginBarking, Essex, England
GenresPop, acoustic, alternative country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2005–present (solo career)
LabelsTransistor Project
WebsiteOfficial website (archived)

Michelle Lena "Shelly" Poole (born 20 March 1972, Barking, England) is an English songwriter and singer.[1]


Shelly Poole is the daughter of the 1960s recording artist Brian Poole, of Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, and learned to read and write music at an early age.[when?][citation needed] With her sister Karen, she formed the duo band, Alisha's Attic,[2] in 1989. Alisha's Attic sold over one million albums worldwide from 1996 to 2002[citation needed]. The duo split up in October 2001. Poole married Ally McErlaine, from the Scottish band Texas, in Glasgow on 5 October 2001.[3]

In late 2008, she formed the alternative country band Red Sky July, with Ally McErlaine, and Charity Hair from The Alice Band. She is currently signed to Gary Barlow's publishing company San Remo Live.


As a songwriter she has collaborated with Janet Jackson, Massive Attack, Mark Ronson, Bryn Christopher, Michael Gray, Lee Mead, Dave Stewart, Rachel Stevens, Will Young, Fey, Atomic Kitten, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Liberty X and Heather Peace.[4][citation needed] Shelly, with Andy Hill also wrote the song "I'll See You Again" for the Westlife album Where We Are.[citation needed]

Her solo album, Hard Time for the Dreamer, was released in September 2005 on the Transistor Project record label, and reached the Top 10 of the French and UK iTunes chart. Two songs from the album, "Anyday Now" and "Totally Underwater", were featured on an instore Starbucks album in 2006. Included on the album were two duets with Jack Savoretti, one of which, "Hope", was played on BBC Radio Two.[citation needed]

She co-wrote and sang on Michael Gray's 2006 dance release "Borderline" which reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 on the ARIA club chart. In May 2006, Poole released "Lost In You". Her following release was "Totally Underwater", an EP, which included a remix of "Totally Underwater" by Andy Bradfield, and two tracks "One Kiss" and "What You Feel Like".[citation needed]


  1. ^ Davidson, Lynn (14 June 2010). "Guitarist Ally McErlaine set to tour with Texas again after recovering from aneurysm". Daily Record. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  2. ^ Henderson, Andrea (April 2008). Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music. Gale. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7876-8075-6. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Texas in Demand". Archived from the original on 10 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  4. ^ The Girls Are interview Heather Peace

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