Shirley Kennedy is the President of SJK Public Relations, LLC, where she works as a publicist and has managed rock band Ordain, blues/rock power trio Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo and most recently, Kyle Henderson of 80s power pop/rock band The Producers. She is also a founding member of Opus Entertainment Agency, which provides bookings to various artists. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College and an MBA in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Shirley has worked as a freelance writer, focusing on American Idol for The National Ledger. Shirley’s work has been published by The National Ledger, Jazz Quad, and Shirley was honored by inclusion in the liner notes of “Elliott Yamin” (Hickory Records), the largest selling independent CD in SoundScan history with the highest debut in the Billboard Top 100. She has since been included in the liner notes of the re-release of “Contradictory,” Lucas Cates (PopBomb Records); “These Parts Unknown,” Mike Droho (Ruff Roads Records); “All The Pieces,” the Lucas Cates Band (LucasCatesMusicBMI); “And The World Makes Sense Again,” Mike Droho and the Compass Rose (Worthwhile Records); “Broken Glass,” Ordain (Syphon Records); “10:49,” Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo (self produced), which earned two second-round Grammy nods; “Live, Loud, Harmony,” Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo (self produced); and “Brand New Chance,” Kyle Henderson (EarRelevent Records).

Shirley has had the pleasure of interviewing and writing about several Alligator Records artists during her tenure as a freelance writer, including Tinsley Ellis, Eric Lindell, and Anders Osborne. On the press side, Shirley has worked with Eric Lindell and Ruf Records artists Girls With Guitars (Dani Wilde, Samantha Fish, and Cassie Taylor (daughter of blues great Otis Taylor)), Oli Brown, and Lightnin’ Malcolm, who now, in addition to his duo with T-Model Ford’s grandson “Stud,” is the bass player for the North Mississippi Allstars. Shirley continues to work with Lightnin’ Malcolm on various projects. Shirley’s work with Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo took them from virtual unknowns to regional powerhouse that regularly appears in festivals in the Midwest, including headlining some smaller festivals. This year, Kyle Henderson is headlining the Sterling Main Street Fest in Sterling, IL, which resulted from Shirley’s work.

Shirley is a member of the Blues Foundation. She has served as a panelist at The Cutting Edge Music Business Conference (2008/2009), the Atlantis Music Conference (2008), and the Dewey Beach Music Conference (2010). Shirley returned to Cutting Edge in 2010 as the press panel moderator and put together an impressive groups of panelists, including Todd Weiss, a Pennsylvania journalist; John Luttrell, host and owner of Fulltime Blues Radio; Bob Baker, an internationally renowned publicity and marketing expert; and Tom Barnas, Segment Coordinator for WGN-9 in Chicago. Shirley will be returning to Cutting Edge in 2014 after a four-year hiatus.