Shelby Lynne, an artist who never stops taking chances

December 11, 2014 1:06 PM

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Shelby Lynne had already made five albums as a cog in Nashville's country music machine when she moved to Southern California and began work on the record that would become her breakthrough. Yet today the singer says she "didn't even know how to write" until she teamed with the producer Bill Bottrell, who encouraged her to explore her lifelong love of R&B and to examine her troubled childhood, including her father's murder of her mother when Lynne was 17.

The result of their collaboration, 1999's deeply soulful "I Am Shelby Lynne," earned rave reviews and led, in a bit of revisionist history that haunts the Recording Academy, to Lynne's winning the Grammy Award for best new artist - more than a decade after her debut came out. Now the album has been ...

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