Shelley Burns has been performing professionally virtually all of her life and is regarded as one of the premier jazz vocalists on the west coast. Her recordings have been heard on jazz radio stations across the nation, and she has appeared at many jazz festivals Peter Haugen, the theater critic for The Sacramento Bee writes "Burns ... has a winning mastery of pop phrasing. She makes it sound easy.”

"Compelling and imaginative" are the adjectives Bob Byler of JazzTimes uses to describe Shelley's vocal stylings.