Shirley Kennedy is the President of SJK Public Relations, LLC, where she works as a publicist and booking agent. She is a founding member of Opus Entertainment Agency, which currently provides bookings for alt-southern rock artist Dusty Bo (Louisville, KY). 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 for The National Ledger, Jazz Quad,, and currently serves as a political analyst for Palmer Report. 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.

Shirley has had the pleasure of interviewing and writing about several Alligator Records and Ruf Records artists, and she worked with Eric Lindell on press. Recently, Shirley worked on press opportunities for Jesse Kramer, a finalist from The Four: Battle for Stardom, securing the “Artist Spotlight” at WHUD 100.7 in New York, an interview in Examiner (NY), press pieces in and Riverstown Media,  and appearances on QueTV Multimedia and This N That” on Fox Chattanooga in less than two months.

Shirley 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). Returning to Cutting Edge in 2010, Shirley was 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.