Shelah Moody began to embrace reggae music as a journalism student at the University of Hawaii, soon after the assassination of Peter Tosh in 1987. Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff and Ziggy Marley were some of her earliest interviews in the late eighties. Ironically, her father, the late jazz pianist Edward Moody, helped her land a coveted interview with David Hinds of Steel Pulse for the Honolulu based Scrawling Wall magazine.
After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 90s to pursue a master’s degree in ethnic studies, Shelah continued to write about reggae music and culture for publications such as Reggae Report, (in collaboration with photographer Lee Abel), The Beat Magazine, Reggae Festival Guide, Honey Magazine, San Francisco Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian and CityFlight magazine to name a few. During a 10 year stint as a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, Shelah was one of the first to spotlight reggae/ dancehall music and culture for their features section. One of the highlights of her career was touring with the legendary Mighty Diamonds as a publicist from 2008-2011. Shelah has also done publicity work for Steel Pulse, guitarist Robert Dubwise Browne, New Orleans based reggae artist Ben E Hunter and more. Shelah is proud to be a part of the Island Stage family!