The story of Jody Shelton Band begins in late 2003 when singer/songwriter and Tennessee native Jody Shelton moved to New York City, where he resumed writing songs after a four-year hiatus. After several months of playing this new material with various local musicians, Jody began to rehearse and record with producer/guitarist Eric Wilhelm in Eric's Brooklyn-based Kitchen Sink Studios. In August 2004, Jody saw drummer Christopher Heinz playing buckets in a show. Impressed, Jody and Eric asked him to join the band the following week. The trio began recording their first EP, Rise in early 2005, while continuing the search for a bass player. Bassist Michael Pearce joined the band in Summer 2005 and the completed group began work on their follow up EP, Child, now available at CDBaby.com.