Shelby Lynn Moore1968年10月22日出生于美国佛吉尼亚州Quantico市。极具天赋的她是在阿拉巴马州Jackson市长大的，她的一生极具戏剧色彩，简直就是一部肥皂剧，因为与父亲经常发生争吵，父亲甚至谎称她有罪而让法院将她关进了监狱。后来，她又亲眼目睹父亲用枪将母亲杀死后又自杀。18岁那年，Lynn第一次出现在纳什维尔新星选秀会上，她用她独特的厚重嗓音显示出自己是一名非常有潜质的歌手。不久，Billy Sherrill就主动提出为她录制唱片，1989年，Lynn出版了首张专辑，其中包括她的代表作《I Love You So Much It Hurts》以及《I'm Confessin》。她的第一首单曲《If I Could Bottle This Up》是与Sherrill旗下的另外一位歌手George Jones共同演唱的。Lynne以她的歌声和表演显示出，她是一名非常敬业的乡村歌手，但在每次面对摄像师的镜头时，她却显得非常紧张，不知道怎样才能露出自己迷人的微笑。
这一弱点使她在后来与唱片公司签约时遇到了一些麻烦，尤其在与Epic唱片公司合同期满之后她在一段时间之内竟然找不到新的东家。Lynn的专辑《Temptation》是一张带有极端色彩的专辑，其间采用了很多的管弦乐器，听起来更象是Harry Connick Jnr的风格而不象是乡村音乐。另外，一部名为《Feelin' Kind Of Lonely Tonight》的电视音乐片显示出Lynn希望参加管弦乐队演出的强烈愿望，这是她首次成为乐队的一员。Lynn是一个不安于从事一种创作固定音乐创作的人，于是她很快又由爵士乐和摇滚乐回到了乡村音乐的领域。但是，尽管Lynn的音乐天赋极强，但她在美国音乐排行榜上却并未占据前列的位置。她与Bill Bottrell共同录制的一首优秀单曲《I Am Shelby Lynne》主要面向欧洲市场，这多少反映出她在美国的受欢迎程度不高这一事实。
By the time Shelby Lynne won her Best New Artist Grammy, she'd already completed six albums and had over a decade of recording experience under her belt. Yet in a way, the award was appropriate, since I Am Shelby Lynne was the album that finally found her taking control of her music, following years of casting about in search of an identity. Lynne's work ranged through country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, Western swing, jazz, and adult contemporary pop; naturally, that eclecticism made her difficult to market, and it also resulted in pressure to record more commercial, radio-friendly material that didn't really suit her. Once Lynne put all the pieces together, she found herself embraced not by the country mainstream, but by rock critics, British audiences, and the alt-country/Americana crowd.
Lynne was born Shelby Lynne Moorer in Quantico, VA, in 1968 and grew up mostly in Jackson, AL. Her father was a local bandleader and her mother a harmony-singing teacher, and as children, she and her younger sister Allison — later a country recording artist in her own right — sometimes joined their parents on-stage to sing along. However, Lynne's father was a violent alcoholic who at one point had her thrown in jail; when Lynne was 17, he shot his wife dead in the family's driveway, then turned the gun on himself while his daughters looked on. Lynne took charge of raising her sister and married her high-school sweetheart (albeit briefly) prior to their move to Nashville. There, Lynne recorded some demo songs, which landed her an appearance on TNN's Nashville Now series. That in turn led to a duet with George Jones, 1988's Top 50 hit "If I Could Bottle This Up," and a record deal with Epic, where Lynne teamed with legendary producer Billy Sherrill for her 1989 debut album Sunrise. The follow-up, 1990's Tough All Over, took more of a Reba McEntire-esque direction, and 1991's Soft Talk found Lynne moving into slick country-pop.
Lynne placed several songs on the country charts during this period, but none managed to break into the Top 20. Critics generally regarded her as a promising talent, and she even won the CMA's Horizon Award (given to the year's top emerging artist) in 1991. However, she was tiring of the lack of control she was afforded over her image and musical direction. She split from Epic and signed with the smaller Morgan Creek label, debuting with 1993's Temptation, an exercise in Bob Wills-style Western swing and big band jazz. Unfortunately, the label folded not long after, and she moved on to Magnatone for 1995's Restless, which marked a return to contemporary-style country. Afterward, Lynne disappeared from recording for several years. During that time, she moved to Palm Springs, CA, and convinced producer Bill Bottrell — best known for his early work with Sheryl Crow — to work on her next album.
Lynne signed with Island Records and finally returned in 2000 with I Am Shelby Lynne. Effectively a roots rock album with Sheryl Crow overtones and strong hints of Lynne's eclecticism, the record was greeted enthusiastically in the U.K. and was released in the U.S. several months later. Positive word of mouth led to effusive critical praise, with many hailing I Am Shelby Lynne as a major statement of purpose as confident as its title's declaration. It won her a Grammy for Best New Artist in early 2001, and she began working on a follow-up with producer Glen Ballard, best known for his work with Alanis Morissette. Love, Shelby appeared later in 2001 but was received with confusion and disappointment by many reviewers, mainly because of its smoother, less country-infused production. Two years later, Lynne returned to form with Identity Crisis. Her debut release for Capitol, it was her most sensitive album yet. Suit Yourself appeared in spring 2005. In 2008 an homage to Dusty Springfield, Just a Little Lovin', produced by Phil Ramone, was released on Lost Highway.