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

Shelly Poole
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Shelly Poole performing as part of Alisha's Attic in 1998
Background information
Birth nameMichelle Lena Poole[1]
Born (1972-03-20) 20 March 1972 (age 47)
OriginBarking, Essex, England
GenresPop, acoustic, alternative country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2005–present (solo career)
LabelsTransistor Project
WebsiteOfficial website (archived)



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 a duo band in 1989, which was later renamed as Alisha's Attic,[4][5] The duo split up at the time that Poole married Ally McErlaine, from the Scottish band Texas, in Glasgow on 5 October 2001.[5][6]

In late 2008, she formed the alternative country band Red Sky July, with McErlaine, and Charity Hair from The Alice Band.[3] She is currently signed to Gary Barlow's publishing company San Remo Live.[5]

Recordings and songwritingEdit

As a songwriter she has written tracks for Bryn Christopher, Ronan Keating, Boyzone, Wonderland, Ward Thomas, Michael Gray, Lee Mead, Dave Stewart, Rachel Stevens, Will Young, Fey, Atomic Kitten, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Liberty X and Heather Peace.[5][7][8][3] Shelly, along with Andy Hill, also wrote the song "I'll See You Again", for the Westlife album 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 UK 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 2006 dance release "Borderline",[15][16] which reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart[17] and number 3 on the ARIA club chart. 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". 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". Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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