The voice of Shirley Lites can and will truly light up any room with her unique vocal range and powerful rhythmic delivery. Once she begins to sing, she captures her audiences with her smooth melodies and the high tone vocal riffs. Shirley Lites is an international recording artist, world traveler, songwriter, a musician’s musician, and producer.
She has recordings on both the Atlantic and Arista Record labels. Her current recordings can be found on Karmic Power Records and Midnight Riot Records. Shirley Lites was formerly the band leader and background vocalist for the late and great Billy Paul for sixteen years until his transition in April of 2016. The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME) selected Shirley Lites to be their Philadelphia Operations Manager, a position she was honored to accept. She has stepped up to support and recognize other women of color while helping to spearhead them in the movement to excel and succeed in the music industry.
Shirley has shared the stage or opened for some of the most recognizable artists including Barbara Mason, Jean Carne, Scherrie Payne, Angela Bofil, Melisa Morgan, Melba Moore, Miles Jay, Gladys Knight, Dorothy Moore, Carl Carlton, the New Funkadelics, McFadden & Whitehead, Al Jarreau, Freddie Jackson, Howard Hewitt, Chaka Khan, and others. Her first commercial record success was “Heat You Up/Melt You Down on the West End Record label which set the stage for her future success. Shirley has always worked with different producers who seem to enhance her unique sound signature. She chose to cover the tune “Déjà Vu” by Teena Marie as a high energy House track which was produced by Steve Mason from WDAS-FM radio station in Philadelphia.
Shirley also collaborated with Lenny Fontana the legendary producer of Dance music on the hot track entitled “Fire”, which is burning up the charts and dance floors all over Europe. The tune “Fire” was featured and reviewed in Mix Magazine. Shirley received raving reviews on her vocal range and performance on this music project. Shirley’s latest music CD project for 2021 is entitled, “Strong Woman” with the August 2020 single release of “Every Side of Me” and the December 2019 single release of “Lover’s Paradise”, featured on the “Strong Woman” CD. Shirley is adding a remixed version of “Lover’s Paradise” for 2021. Look for it later this summer.