With a music industry career that spans three decades, Shelia Shipley Biddy has handled many jobs from the front desk to the board room. The first woman to head a Nashville record label, her success is measured in her achievements of over 139 number one records and the development of multi-platinum recording artists. She has been a featured speaker at various women's and music industry groups. A short list of her speaking engagements includes Country Radio Seminar - National and Regional Conventions, South By Southwest - Austin, TX, Gavin Convention - San Francisco, CA, Midwest Conclave-Minneapolis, MN, Austin Songwriters Association - Austin, TX, Billboard Convention - New York City, and Nashville organizations SOURCE, Leadership Music, and Music Business Women's Association. She has guest lecturered at Belmont University's School of Music and Middle Tennessee State University's School of Recording Industry Management. She recieved the International Women's President's Award in 1998 and was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009 for her service to the advancement of country radio and SOURCE's Hall of Fame in 2011. SOURCE is an organization she co-founded in 2022. She is represented for speaking by Buddy Lee Attractions.
She has been interviewed on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera America, TNN, CMT, and GAC Television along with features and interviews in the international Buddy Holly notfadeaway: Remembering Buddy Holly television special, as well as, the television documentaries Naked Nashville (1998) and Hairdos and Heartaches: The Women of Country Music (2006).
Shelia was also featured in the Country Music Encyclopedia Of Country Music (1998), Women At The Top Billboard Book Publication (1998), named Nashville Life Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Women (1995), Mirabella Magazine’s “1000 Women For the Nineties” (1995), Gavin Magazine Country Promotion Vice President Of The Year – 1988, 1992, 1994
Her positive style of leadership is an inspiration to others. Her speaking topics include:
Women In Business
Motivating Your Staff
Organizing Your Life & Managing The Details
Fulfilling Your Dreams
Success In The Music Business
"I enjoyed you speaking today…its takes A LOT to hold my attention that long. I loved it and thanks for obviously taking so much time to prepare such an informative presentation." Debbie Zavitson, DebbieZ Entertainment
"You are such a wonderful speaker. Your straight forward approach and relaxed manner kept us all hanging on to your sentences. Thank you for delivering a plethora of interesting facts about this wonderful business we call Entertainment." Margie McGahey, Account Manager, WSM-AM
"Shelia Shipley Biddy was a guest in my Artist Management class. She gave an excellent 90 minute presentation that was well-prepared and articulated. Shelia is a very effective speaker and motivator. My students were inspired and encouraged by her and I highly recommend her for any position she would consider." Hal Newman, Assistant Professor of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University
THE MUSIC IN MY REARVIEW MIRROR
My 30 Years In Music & More
"Shelia Shipley Biddy is one of the most knowledgeable and respected music industry executives in the entertainment business. She has earned this status by conducting her affairs in a first-rate fashion that is envied by all who know her. I am thrilled that she has written this book in which she shares her world with her legion of fans. I may be her biggest fan." Tandy Rice, President, Top Billing In./Past President, Country Music Association
“When you read this book, you’ll learn about all her hard work, and all the amazing folks she got to work with. I know she has some great stories for you! Plus, because of Shelia, huge doors have opened for other women to take on the music business. Thanks, Shelia. We need more like you, but I think God broke the mold when He made you!” Reba McEntire
“There’s more to her story than just a legendary career. Shelia Shipley Biddy is a loving wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She has endured poverty, neglect, abuse, a life-threatening illness, and much more. In the pages of this book, you’ll cheer, you’ll laugh, and you’ll even cry at a childhood that was far from the carefree existence that most of us had in small-town America. Hers is a success story, not just about country music, but about life. So get ready to be inspired, no matter what mountain you currently face." Chuck Dauphin, Billboard Magazine
"Badass and inspiring doesn’t even begin to cover it! An amazing behind-the-scenes look at a woman who built herself as much as she built the careers of so many artists that millions of fans love today.
As a journalist and author myself, I can’t say enough about how well written this book is. So easy to follow and each page literally pulled you into the next. I loved learning how Shelia is/was a MUSIC person who put the music first. I found it interesting to see how she encouraged the artistry to shine and then figured out how to get the business succeed around it…and succeed it did.
I can’t even begin to say how awe inspiring this story is. From her humble beginnings and the hurdles she overcame to the family issues we all have but bury from open view…Shelia really is a triumph in every way. I too am a person who believes in creativity first, both with myself and the people I work with / for. To be able to look so closely at another person who shares my same views, ideals, morals and work ethic that succeeded to such great heights…reading this book was both a joy and a blessing for me.
Simply put, Shelia Shipley Biddy is an amazing woman and wrote one helluva autobiography. I’ve never worked “with” her but I can tell you after reading this I would follow her blindly into a fire..."Ken Churilla, Journalist
"This is a great read! It's well written and it comes from the heart! I found it to be compelling and a "must read" for anyone who's been -- or who aspires to be -- in any aspect of the Nashville (New York or LA) music business. Shelia opens up her soul in this book giving us a glimpse of her personal and family life as well as her professional life." Kindle Reader
"I think everyone should buy it, if you’re in the music industry, interested in it or just love stories about success and hard work. The Music In My Rearview Mirror.............buy it and enjoy it!!" Dr. Gerald Murray
"Shelia is an amazing woman and her story is very interesting. Her willingness to help others is truly a blessing". Karen Hicks, Atlanta GA
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Author: Shelia Shipley Biddy
Editor: Lisa Wisocky & Ken Biddy
Foreword: Reba McEntire
Introduction: Chuck Dauphin