My name is MJ Shelby. I am a trained Composer/Producer with a focus on writing for Film, Television and other visual media. Throughout the 1970’s I acted as Music Director for various Theatre Company’s throughout the Midwest.
Upon relocating to California, I gained employment in Glendale as Music Director for Yubex Multi-Media. There I composed, arranged and produced material for Jingles, Infomercials and a variety of Commercial releases.
I later settled in the San Fernando Valley, where I operated a Recording Studio and Production Company from the lower level of Goodman Music in North Hollywood. From this location I established El Mi Music, a Music Publishing Company that specializes in writing Jingles, Background Music and Infomercials. During this time I also gained experience in Artist Management by promoting acts in California, Nevada and Osaka, Japan.
During the 1990’s I became CEO and co-owner of an Independent Gospel Label. My responsibilities included negotiating contracts with Record Producers, Music Publishers, Record Distributors and all other vendors. I also worked with Artists Relations, Corporate Sponsorships, Legal Teams, Public Relations and assisted in Radio Air Play.
I currently operate Aries of NoHo Promotions, where I work with Grammy Award winning Artist booking shows and promoting concerts. The Agency has one of the most extensive Rosters of Session Players in Southern California.
My role here at Aries Productions is to oversee a team of Composers and Producers as they write for various network programming. I work with Supervisors and Publishers to provide music for television, cable and film. We also write and produce recordings for Gospel, Jazz and R&B Artists.