Shelby Johnson was born and raised in the small town of Thorndale, Texas. Growing up in a rural area, she was raised with a love for cattle, horses, and dogs. Upon graduation from Texas A&M University, Shelby gained professional experience in a spectrum of areas including higher education, event planning, and real estate.

Shelby currently lives in Devine, Texas with her husband Dillon, and their two dogs, Delilah, and Moe. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.