Hi, I’m Shelby ‘Lock (Shelby Rawlings Blalock).
I’m a composer, pianist, audio engineer, and music producer.
I’ve worked in various studios and used Logic Pro for over a decade (since I was thirteen!), and I’ve been composing for even longer. I don’t have all the answers, and I still have a lot to learn myself, but I wanted to start a useful and entertaining blog that combined all of my passions: composing, recording/production, writing, and teaching.
Now you may be wondering, why should you listen to what I have to say? Do I even know what I’m talking about? Am I just another random musician with Logic installed on my computer?
Well, I recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with a BM in Music Composition and a BS in Audio Engineering Technology—it’s one of the best programs for audio engineering in the world. For my audio degree, I not only took classes in everything from sound design for picture, to location recording, to master production, to acoustical physics, and even to circuit theory, but I also spent time mingling and interning with GRAMMY-winning engineers, producers, and composers.
And like I said, although I only have a couple of commercial album credits to my name at this point, I’ve been recording and producing in Logic and Pro Tools for ten years.
As for composing, though I very much feel that I’m still trying to find my unique “voice” as a composer, I’ve won a few “shiny things” even at this point: the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra premiered one of my pieces for orchestra in 2016; I was a finalist in the 2017 American Prize for Composition; I’m a member of the Nashville Composer Collective; I’ve been invited to study at five music festivals around the United States; and I’ve even received national recognition in a couple of other composing competitions.
And before all that, in high school, I composed, performed, and engineered my own commercially released solo piano album, as well as a Latin-pop EP for Lily Garay, and the GRAMMY Foundation invited me to study audio engineering at GRAMMY Camp—their premier summer program for high-school musicians.
I now live in Chicago, where I’m pursuing a master’s in composition.
As a side note, I grew up in a rural area of Virginia, so let’s just say that me trying to figure out the big city life and make my way here as a composer and engineer is going to be interesting—and I plan to blog about every amusing step of the way.
Want to join me on this journey? Come follow my blog!
P.S. If you want an “official” bio, read it here.