Shelly Poole

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Shelly Poole
Shelly Poole performing as part of Alisha's Attic in August 1998
Shelly Poole performing as part of Alisha's Attic in August 1998
Background information
Birth nameMichelle Lena Poole[1]
Born (1972-03-20) 20 March 1972 (age 51)
OriginBarking, London, England
GenresPop, acoustic, alternative country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1996–2001 (Alisha's Attic)
2005–present (solo career)
WebsiteOfficial website

Michelle Lena "Shelly" Poole (born 20 March 1972, in Barking, London, England) is an English songwriter and singer.[2]


Shelly Poole is the daughter of the 1960s recording artist Brian Poole, of Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.[3] With her sister Karen, she formed the band Alisha's Attic, and they released their debut album, Alisha Rules the World, in 1996.[4][5] The band secured a Brit nomination and an Ivor Novello nomination for writing the million-seller single I Am, I Feel, and two years later a Capitol Radio award for most played song for The Incidentals. Alishas Attic were also one of Uk highlights of the Lilith Tour started by Sarah McLachlan. After selling over one million records worldwide and having three top 20 albums, the duo split up in 2001, a year after The House We Built, their fourth album for Mercury Records, was released.

Poole married Ally McErlaine, the lead guitarist from the Scottish band Texas, in Glasgow on 5 October 2001.[5][6] Shelly Poole went on to achieve success writing songs and producing for other artists throughout the late nineties, and to the present day.

In late 2008, Shelly formed the alternative country band Red Sky July, with McErlaine, and Charity Hair.[3] Red Sky July were one of the first of a new wave of UK Country artists securing playlists on BBC Radio 2 and released three albums that entered the UK country charts in the top three. Poole signed to Gary Barlow's publishing company, San Remo Live.[5] After San Remo, Poole signed to Stage Three Music, then three years later to BMG as a writer. Poole is currently with Be Unique.[citation needed] .

Shelly is also a guest in the band the Dark Flowers, a collective of writers and artists started by Paul Statham .

Recordings and songwriting[edit]

As a songwriter, Poole has written tracks for Janet Jackson, Jack Savoretti, Ronan Keating, Boyzone, Westlife, Ward Thomas, Michael Gray, Mark Ronson, Massive Attack, Roachford, and many more.[5][7][8][3] Poole, along with Andy Hill, also wrote the single "I'll See You Again", for the album by Westlife, Where We Are.[9][10][11]

Her solo album, Hard Time for the Dreamer, was released in September 2005 on the Transistor Project record label,[12] and reached the Top 10 of the French and United Kingdom iTunes chart. Two songs from the album, "Anyday Now" and "Totally Underwater", were featured on an instore Starbucks album in 2006.[13] Included on the album were two duets with Jack Savoretti.[14]

She co wrote and sang on Michael Gray's dance release of 2006, "Borderline",[15][16] which reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 on the ARIA club chart.[17] In May 2006, Poole released "Lost in You".[18] Her following release was "Totally Underwater", an EP, which included a remix of "Totally Underwater" by Andy Bradfield,[19][20] and two tracks "One Kiss" and "What You Feel Like".[21]


  1. ^ "Index entry for Michelle Lena Poole". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  2. ^ Davidson, Lynn (14 June 2010). "Guitarist Ally McErlaine set to tour with Texas again after recovering from aneurysm". Daily Record. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Interview: Shelly Poole". 19 February 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b c d "Shelly Poole – Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Texas in Demand". Archived from the original on 10 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Interview – Heather Peace". 12 June 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Shelly Poole – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Westlife – Where We Are". discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  10. ^ "I'll See You Again by Westlife". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  11. ^ ""I'll See You Again" – Westlife – Tranquility Cremation". 24 November 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Hard Time for the Dreamer – Shelly Poole – Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Totally Underwater – Latest Shelly Poole news!". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Shelly Poole – Hard Time for the Dreamer". discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Michael Gray Feat. Shelly Poole – Borderline". discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Borderline (Ian Carey Mix)". discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  17. ^ "MICHAEL GRAY FEAT. SHELLY POOLE – full Official Chart History – Official Charts Company". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Shelly Poole – Lost in You". discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Totally Underwater (Remix) – Full Length". discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Andy Bradfield – recording and mix engineer". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Totally Underwater (Remix) – EP by Shelly Poole on iTunes". iTunes Store. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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