Getting Noticed

Self-taught musician
earns nomination for music award

‘Delafaye’ to vie for Louisville music industry award

LA GRANGE, Ky. (November 2017) – “I discovered him on SoundCloud, came across his music and fell in love instantly. He makes beautiful songs that are honest and from the heart,” said Dani Zinni of Mission Street Records who reached out to Delafaye (moniker of Andrew Shockley) of La Grange, Ky., about a year ago. They have been working together ever since. 
An email informed Delafaye that he had been nominated as one of the top five in the singer-songwriter category for the fifth annual Louisville Music Awards, which will be presented Nov. 9 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (Bomhard Theater). 
Delafaye said he had been busy creating his music and not even thinking about awards.  For Delafaye, 2017 has been a musical whirlwind – three EPs and increased visibility, gaining more than 2 million online streams.

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Andrew Shockley, a.k.a. Delafaye, released his first album, “Hilltop,” in January 2017.

This 2010 graduate of Oldham County High School received a guitar from his dad when he was 12 years old. He took guitar lessons for about a year and then just kept practicing and playing on his own. He started playing songs he liked – Jimmy Hendricks and old rock and roll. A few years later, his uncle gave him an 8-track recording device. As a shy performer in a musical family, Delafaye practiced in his basement. The recording device gave him the ability to record the songs as he played and sang. He would listen to the recording, make changes, adjustments and record again. This iterative process continued until he was satisfied with the finished song. 
Delafaye says he writes a song by first strumming a few chords. His thoughts become words, and tunes in his head flow into musical chords as he sings. He sings about things he knows.
“Good music is simple,” he said. “You hear what you like and relate to it as it connects with your life.”
He uploaded his music on a free online digital platform, SoundCloud, and it was there he was discovered. 
Delafaye’s first album, “The Hilltop,” was released in January 2017.  The song, “Time and Money” from that album illustrates how his songs reflect life today.
“I need you, I know you need me, time and money isn’t real – I am.” We all need to rely on each other to get through tough times. Everyone knows someone struggling with additions. “Time and money” was picked up by WFPK 91.9 and is played in rotation with popular artists. Delafaye remembers the excitement of hearing his own song on that station for the first time.

Recently, he was contacted to play a support slot for San Fermin at Headliners Music Hall. It was a great opportunity, but a challenge for a one-man band, he said. Quickly, he assembled a group of talented friends:  drummer, keyboard artist, bass player and Delafaye. The one-man band became a “real” band on a week’s notice. The increased visibility has continued to fuel his musical journey.

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