In the mid-1980's Shirley was workshop coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters Association. Later the group expanded and became the Texas Songwriters Association. Shirley worked with Capitol Records artists, Mason Dixon. She gained insight and connections into the music business prior to moving to Tennessee.
A Texas native, Shirley moved to Nashville in June of 1991 to pursue her life-long dream of being a songwriter.However, landing her first job working for Marijohn Wilkin (most noted for the Gospel classic "One Day At A Time"), placed Shirley on the publisher’s side of the desk. With the position, as well as a gift for mentoring other writers, her own creativity was placed "on hold".With theexception of a few articles published in the Christian Country Music magazine Power Source and the Texas Songwriters Quarterly Note-By-Note, Shirley's personal writing skills went untapped throughout most of the early 1990's. In 1995, Shirley was recruited by Terry Choate to work for Barbara Orbison, widow of the late rock 'n roll legend Roy Orbison. The position encompassed publishing administration of Roy's classics and the music of a number of new writers Barbara had under contract. "Record company administration" was added to Shirley's growing resume as Roy’s master recordings were released on Barbara’s record label.
In June 1998, Shirley left the Orbison companies to become Director of Administration for Randy Scruggs Music (owned by Randy Scruggs, the songwriter/artist/producer/son of the banjo legend Earl Scruggs). July 2003, Shirley expanded her publishing company into an outsourcing administration and accounting services company:The New Penny Group.
Clients (2018 Roster)
Terry Choate / The Crosswind Corporation Jerry Douglas / Slingbar LLC D.J. McLachlan Management LLC Randy Scruggs Productions LLC Scruggs Sound Studio Inc. Larry Gatlin / The Magnet LLC Barton Creek Music / Turrengat LLC Hal Oven / Noble Vision Music Group, Inc.
Oven Music Group Inc.
Oven productions, Inc. Kimo Forrest / Ohana Music Group Wayne Carson Legacy Catalogs Wyndi Harp / Lil Red Writing House Casey Donahew / Almost Country Records
Tom Paden / Paden Place Music
Eddie Kilgallon / Pleezin' The Breeze Music
David G. Smith / Hey Dave Music
Gary Gentry / Two Dollar Pistol Publishing
Gretchen Peters Tours Inc.
Joe Stampley / Mullet Music
Zavitson Music Group / Music Pub Works
Gary Walker / Great Escape Music Group
Banner Music Group
JA Morrell / Jammin' Music
Marijohn Wilkin-Mentor/Friend (2006)
Penny Philosopy: "Pennies do not come from heaven. They are earned here on earth."