Obie Shelton, TMS Board member, offers inspiration & healing through his beautiful music performance. This is a 37 minute video targeted to seniors in nursing homes during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Obed was given a toy violin at age seven and soon began private lessons at The Cleveland Music School Settlement. He won a scholarship to study violin at Ohio University in Athens. However, after a year at OU, he took an interest in radio and television and changed his major to Communications. He still kept up with his music study however, and was elected student Chairman of the University Symphony. He received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and began his broadcasting career reporting news for radio station WJMO in Cleveland, where he began to use his nickname “Obie” professionally.
In May of 1998, he released his first violin solo recording, “In Hymn”, where he arranged and produced all the songs. In November of 2004, he released his second solo recording, “What a Friend”, again producing and arranging all the songs. Obie has soloed with both the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, playing his own orchestral arrangements. He may be known in the Cleveland area as much for his music making as for his reporting. He directed gospel choirs in Cleveland, writing and producing songs for Rev. Bill Sawyer, for the Ty-Scott record label in Indianapolis.
In broadcasting, Obie was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2004. He is now the Public Information Officer for Cleveland Clerk of Courts Earle B. Turner. Obie shares his gospel violin music regularly in the community, and is a keynote speaker at many events. In addition, Obie also produces videos for non-profit organizations, churches and start-up businesses. He is a deacon at New Community Bible Fellowship in Cleveland Heights, is married to Barbara Danforth and has two adult children.
He also produces videos for websites of small businesses and organizations.