SHEL Releases "Follow Me Home" Single; Featured in New Facebook Watch Score, Queen America
December 7, 2018 (Nashville, TN) – Alt-folk sister quartet SHEL has released "Follow Me Home," its new single featured prominently throughout the score of Facebook Watch's new series, Queen America. "Follow Me Home" is out today on Moraine Records and available everywhere to stream or download. Billboard Magazine premiered "Follow Me Home" and spoke with SHEL's Hannah Holbrook about how the band approached scoring an entire series. "Everyone's a composer because we were instrumentalists first, before we started writing lyrics. It's kind of another thing we can do with our skill set, and it's something we can do and not have to be on the road or working on a specific album. It's really, really fun."
Earlier this year, SHEL joined composer Kevin Dailey in scoring the new Facebook Watch series starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. Queen America made its 10-episode debut on November 18 and continues to roll out new episodes featuring SHEL songs and melodic themes each Sunday evening at 9pm EST/6pm PST. The series has received critical praise from outlets including TODAY, Fast Company, Bustle, The Hollywood Reporter, PASTE Magazine, and Vanity Fair.
New independent studio, wiip, assembled the female-lead team of Meaghan Oppenheimer (Fear The Walking Dead, We Are Your Friends) and Australian director and executive producer Alethea Jones in order to bring this dark comedy to Facebook Watch. "As soon as we heard SHEL’s music there was no doubt in our minds that they were the perfect composers for us," recalls Oppenheimer. "Their sound is unlike anything we’d heard before, and has elevated our story with their very specific brand of ethereal magic."
Nashville-based Music Supervisor, Anastasia Brown, recruited SHEL and Kevin Dailey (formerly of Civil Twilight) for this unique opportunity. "It has been my mission to create scoring opportunities for Nashville’s composers and musicians," reflects Brown. When Meaghan and Alethea created such a feminine, compelling dark comedy, I knew we needed to think outside the box for our composer. My gut said SHEL and Kevin Daily could capture the deep and conflictive emotions through music and vocalizations required for this series.”
Composer Kevin Dailey recalls that, “Meaghan was looking for a unique sound, and we talked about how the 'warped fairytale' quality in some of SHEL’s music could support the show’s narrative. Throughout the 10 episodes, we have been able to weave existing SHEL songs, themes, and the band’s overall aesthetic into the original score.”
SHEL's sound is filled with the hypnotic vocals and infectious rhythms of the four Holbrook sisters. The sisters meld together their classical training and diverse influences for a result that is mesmerizing. Raised in Colorado, they grew up on an old trailer park that the family restored and turned into a farm. It was an unconventional upbringing, but one that certainly contributed to the group's creativity.
SHEL has become known for its stunning musicianship with Sarah on violin and guitar; Hannah on keys, synth, and bass; Eva on mandolin and guitar; and Liza on drums, djembe, and beatboxing. The sisters have received rave reviews for their quirky style, both on stage and in their imaginative music videos.
The group has an extensive tour history across the U.S. and Europe, playing everything from small club shows, to major festivals, and even sharing the stage with world-renowned orchestras. SHEL’s songs can also be heard in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials including The Best of Me, The Fourth Phase, Charged, the trailer for Women In Sports, Shameless (Showtime), The Fosters (Freeform), Riverdale (Netflix), Search Party (TBS), and many more.
About Queen America
Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Queen America is a dark comedy revolving around the triumphs and failures of Vicki Ellis, the most renowned pageant coach in the state, as she tries to mold the hapless Samantha into a worthwhile contender. It is a dissection of the American Dream as it manifests in the small towns of our country, where opportunities are scarce and beauty pageants are often a ticket out. Vicki is desperately sought after by young women competing to be pageant queens for one reason; she can turn any girl into a winner. But when she’s paired with the beautiful but unpolished Samantha, Vicki’s entire reputation is at stake.
Queen America hails from co-studio partners wiip, the new independent studio launched and led by veteran television executive Paul Lee, and Made Up Stories, led by top producer Bruna Papandrea. Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Casey Haver are executive producers for Made Up Stories, and Lee for wiip, alongside Guymon Casady and Suzan Bymel of Entertainment 360, and Janice Williams. Australian filmmaker Alethea Jones (“Fun Mom Dinner”), directs and executive produces all 10 episodes of the series.
Queen America Cast
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Vicki, Belle Shouse as Samantha, Teagle F. Bougere as Nigel, Rana Roy as Mary, Molly Price as Katie, Isabella Amara as Bella, Megan West as Brittany. With recurring guest stars, Judith Light as Regina, Jennifer Westfeldt as Mandy, Victoria Justice as Hayley, Robb Derringer as Robert.
For more information on SHEL including the band bio, press photos, and music, please visit: shelmusic.com/presskit. To schedule an interview or arrange a feature with SHEL, please contact Bryan Bull at firstname.lastname@example.org / 716-560-6882.