Ken Shelton

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I've been blessed to have befriended some excellent musicians. I'm a fairly decent songwriter. I believe where possible in keeping a song simple and have the lyric on top where it can be heard and understood.I believe that only a song that can stand on its own without a lot of OVERPRODUCTION can truly be a good song EX.Paul McCartneys Yesterday My roots are found in the singer/songwriter era of the early 70's.I had a couple of cuts on two LPs back in 1971,then completely left the music business for over 46 years. For whatever reason I decided to revisit the craft at the ripe old age of 67. I'm 69 now and would definitely be playing catch up if I was even in the race! LOL My songs are for the most part first person story telling style.Many of my songs can be found on YouTube by searching J K Shelton and clicking on my picture.and https://soundcloud.com/j-k-shelton/sets/ragamuffin-music-songs-from-an I also have a FB page ... the Broken Little Heroes Project which I hope you'll check out. My spiritual beliefs are evident in a lot of my work....that's just me. If anyone takes offense ,I'm truly sorry for that most definitely wasn't my intention. Thanks for listening. Ken

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Before I became a song writer...it was other peoples music that got me through various black patches...now it's my own songs. I feel like music is one of Gods greatest gifts to us.

What is your music dream?

At my age (69) the only way that I'm gonna catch a dream is if it sits down beside me to take a smoke break ! LOL I would be both honored and humbled if my music in some positive way touches someone else.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

The good news that God really does love all of His children !

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

That's impossible to answer ! LOL If pressed I'd have to say any of the early Beatle stuff because that's during my coming of age period ...and when EVERTYHING seemed to really change

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

My roots are in the singer songwriters era of the late 60s,early 70s so the list is endless James Taylor,Carole King, Tom Waits,Lennon/McCartney,Jimmy Webb,Paul Williams,Burt Bacharac,Carly Simon,Paul Simon, Don Henley,Glen Frey etc. etc.

What inspires you to make music?

Don't have a clue...it just happens. What talent I may have comes from God !

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Hope !

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I don't...have you heard me sing! LOL

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I think the music for the most part isn't focused on the lyric and vocal ! Back in the day people actually listen to the lyric and the vocal was "on top " of the mix so it could be heard and understood !

What do you think of Drooble?

I think Drooble is Awesome !! It has provided me a way to share my music. Although I won't ever see them ...I've made some good friends !

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Let me answer that with a quote from James Taylor."When I was coming along it was really hard to open doors...now it's easy to open the door but when you do you find a million people on the other side doing the same thing you do " !

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Actually I'm in the process of working on that ! Ask me later .

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I wish I knew !! I'm too old to worry about things like that anymore but I am burdened for the young kids.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

This would take more time than I have left ! LOL