Shellie Dorman is the bass player and vocalist for Magnolia Drawl. She joined The Mary White band in 2014 and was a founding member of Magnolia Drawl along with Mary White, Hugh Cline and Dave Patt. Shellie brings her own rocking style to the band and is known for carrying the rhythm and groove. Her fans call her “Rock Star” and love her charisma and flashy look, from her signature duster to her perfectly accessorized bling. She’s respected for her ability to play and sing such diverse genres as country, funk, rock-n-roll and rhythm & blues. Her most requested songs are “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town and a Michael Jackson medley of “Billie Jean” and “Shake Your Body”, you can’t get more diverse than that. There’s not a drummer out there that doesn’t love to play with Shellie as they know she will keep the beat rolling all night long.
Shellie was born and raised in Sylmar, CA, a small town in the San Fernando Valley just north of Los Angeles. She started playing guitar at age 7 and picked up the bass when she was just 13 years old. Shellie was fortunate to train under some of the best teachers in the business including Jack Dale, a graduate of Cal Berkley School of Music, Brett Helm from Pill Johnny Rotten Band and Carol Kaye, studio musician, writer, publisher and educator of many famous bassists. Shellie’s been influenced by some of the greatest bassists including Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Flea and of course her teacher Carol Kaye.
Shellie’s father, Gary was a U.S. Army veteran and fought in the Vietnam War which inspired her to give something back to all the military personnel stationed overseas by joining a group of musicians via the MWR Program to entertain our U.S. troops all around the world. Her travels extended to 28 countries including Iraq, Bosnia, Japan and China. Shellie’s mom, lovingly known by fans as “Mama” is a staple at her gigs and acts as her biggest fan and hardest critic to ensure she never loses her humility or forgets her roots.
Shellie loves performing and entertaining her fans from small venues to large festivals and hopefully soon at stadiums and arenas across the U.S. and abroad.