"My first full album was in 1973 when I recorded "Country Sax" for Mr. Roy Stone's Stoneway Records in Houston. Mr. Stone pulled two singles from the LP and got considerable action in the region.

"I studied at the Houston Conservatory of Music and received my Bachelor of Music degree in 1964, then went into business as an arranger-conductor-producer. Over the next 20 years I was involved in just about every facet of the music business. I had a demo recording studio and got into publishing, artist management, and finally an entertainment booking agency.

"During the 80's I got involved in the world of personal computers and finally came to Nashville in 1989 to put it all together. I developed a computer program for music publishers (Music Publishing Executive) and it has been used by some of the Music Row's top publishers.

"I have to say that 1999-2001 with the "Strait Gate" Southern Gospel group were really wonderful years because I was finally playing for the Lord ... something I should have been doing long ago. My first Gospel Sax album, "Hymns Of The Faith", launched a solo career which we have continued to build on with "Country Gospel Sax", and "Old Tyme Gospel Sax Sing-Along".

"Music has been in my blood for many, many years now, and I look for every opportunity to play my horn ...whether it be in the studio or on stage.

"The Lord has indeed blessed me with my beautiful wife Kathleen, daughter, daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, and three wonderful grandchildren. We are members of The Metro Baptist Church in Goodlettsville."

Shelton also pursued a long career in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired in 1994 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry. He is truly a multi-faceted person ... but most of all, his soul speaks to you through his sax.