Shelley FKA DRAM: Tiny Desk Concert (house)

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The Tiny Desk works from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and around the world. It’s the same spirit – uncluttered decors, an intimate setting – just a different space.


When DRACHMA played Tiny Desk in 2017, he clarified a couple of things for us: his dynamic and playful personality was ready for the spotlight, and under the eye-catching hooks there is a real singer waiting to come out. For his Tiny Desk concert (at home), he does a complete 180. “It’s like a new beginning. Full loop. So this time call me Shelley.” he said, after the opening track, “Exhibition”. Everything is new. Silk pajamas and slippers are replacing the trench coat and plush beanie, and thanks to lifestyle changes, he’s weakened a bit and now bears his government’s name: Shelley.

The shift from light melodic hip-hop to a full R&B crooner shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s seen him perform live. It’s like it’s his way of saying, “Now that I have your attention, let me introduce myself.” We still get glimpses of the “Big Baby” here and there – the charm, a little silliness and the million dollar smile – but other than that it’s a growing business and flawless vocal performances. For The Shelley Show, he’s assembling a groovy band in front of a huge library and perusing selections, including the premiere of “Rich & Famous” from his upcoming eponymous project, which will be released on April 29, his late mother’s birthday. If DRAM was the ploy to break into the music industry, then Shelley is the piece of longevity.

SET LIST

  • “Exposure”
  • “The Lay Down”
  • “Cooking with fat”
  • “Rich and famous”

THE MUSICIANS

  • Shelley: vocals
  • SlimWav: keys
  • Sensei Bueno: guitar
  • Keith “KJ” Glover: drums
  • Trey Mitchell: bass
  • Yuli: violin
  • Crystal Carr: vocals
  • David Fuller: vocals

CREDITS

  • Video: Junia Abaidoo, Carlon Ramong, Steve Othello
  • Audio: Paul Katzman, Adrian Porter, Raul Lopez

TINY OFFICE TEAM

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Video producer: Kara Frame
  • Audio mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Small production team: Maia Stern, Bob Boilen
  • Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
  • Senior Vice President, Programming: Anya Grundmann
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