Shelby was born and raised in West Monroe, LA. His earliest trumpet hero was the late Maynard Ferguson. He received a bachelors in music education from ULM in 2008. He has studied trumpet from Marilynn Gibson, Mike Vax, Mike Williams, and Jason Smith. Shelby has performed with many incredible musicians over the years including "Blue" Lou Marini, Bill Watrous, Tom "Bones" Malone, and many more. He has also been a featured soloist with the LA Legacy Jazz Orchestra, who recently toured Hawaii.