“If I had to choose, it would be singing – every time. Music reaches out and touches people; moves and charms them. Make them cry one minute and laugh the next. A world without music is inconceivable to me.”
"No one should take lightly standing on a stage and trying to BE Frank Sinatra. But Richard Shelton, the man who portrays him, is quite simply phenomenal. He captures the essence of the man perfectly. His voice has exactly the right tone; he has that twinkle in his eye; he has that anger that sometimes flowed out of every Sinatra pore." - Mike Young – BBC, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’, London
"Richard Shelton is a superior singer who tips his hat to a legend with grace and elegance on An Englishman In Love In L.A. , an album that Sinatra himself would be proud of, well done! ★★★★" - Edward Blanco, All About Jazz
"Shelton has a seemingly effortless style, unforced and highly polished – with this brio and panache he has a bright future." - Mark Shenton, Daily Express
"What a voice! The future belongs to vocalists and Richard Shelton is going to lead the way there!" - BBC Radio 2 – Gillian Reynolds, BBC
"His selection of material is as impeccable as his wardrobe, and his style is shark skin sharp." - George Harris, Jazz Weekly
Shelton’s jazz influenced, big-band performances include HRH PRINCE CHARLES at WINDSOR CASTLE and twice for SIR ELTON JOHN at the WHITE TIE & TIARA BALL alongside Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones; with the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA; the BBC BIG BAND and BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA on ‘FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT’ on BBC radio 2 and dozens of live radio broadcasts.
Shelton has performed on the greatest international stages, including THE COLISEUM in London and the world reknowned RONNIE SCOTTS JAZZ CLUB in London. Richard currently hosts a monthly Jazz night at the exclusive members club, Soho House, Los Angeles.
At CAPITOL STUDIOS in L.A., Richard recorded his latest album ‘AN ENGLISHMAN IN LOVE, IN L.A.’ in Frank Sinatra’s studio B with some of Sinatra’s musicians and featuring original, classic and contemporary songs. An added honour was using Sinatra’s microphone.
Shelton also recorded at ABBEY ROAD in London where he recorded his swing album ‘TOP CAT’ accompanied by a 65-piece orchestra.