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‘Moving forward’: Chevel Shepherd to play online concert featuring songs from her debut album

New Mexico native Chevel Shepherd will perform a streaming concert July. She will perform songs from her new album, “Everybody’s Got a Story.” (Courtesy of Chevel Shepherd)

Despite no opportunity for tours, Chevel Shepherd wants to keep her music moving forward.

The Farmington native has spent the last few months pivoting her career by moving to social media to give fans pieces of performances.

On July 31, Shepherd will stream a live performance from a concert hall.

“We’re going to have the full band there,” she says. “Of course, there will be all the health measures taken. This is an opportunity for the fans to see what I’ve been up to.”

Shepherd rose to fame in 2018 on the 15th season of NBC’s “The Voice.” She took home the crown at age 16.

Since the win, she’s toured the country and graduated from high school.

She also had time to make her debut album, “Everybody’s Got a Story.”

The virtual concert will consist of her new music.

Shepherd says that while she was balancing school and life on the road, she longed to be at home.

After more than three months at home, the singer is ready to get back on the road.

With touring in flux for the foreseeable future, Shepherd knows that a virtual concert will be sufficient.

“I’ve been on social media every Saturday performing a few songs,” she says. “But those are from my room with no production at all. This concert is a return to the stage for me. This has been a good way for me to keep the music alive.”

Shepherd, like many others, has been affected by the entertainment industry shutdown.

But she hasn’t let it get her down.

“I’m still making my name in the industry,” she says. “All of us musicians are in the same place. We can’t do concerts. But I want my music to be out to the fans. I think that music heals people in a lot of ways. This is the reason I’ve kept up with talking to my fans.”

Shepherd has released four songs from her album, which will be released later this year.

“Be Cowboy” is the official PBR (Professional Bull Riders) anthem, recorded with Eddie Montgomery.

“Mamma Got the Chair” written by Dave Finley and “Southern Boy,” have also been released.

Shepherd got some help from Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves on the title single, “Everybody’s Got a Story.”

On Friday, July 24, Shepherd will release another single, “The Letter.”

Those who buy tickets to Shepherd’s show will be able to watch the performance twice within 48 hours.

“This is my way of being able to keep music moving forward,” she says.

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