- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- April 2006
Since age 9, Sheila has been wowing audiences with her strong voice and unique stage presence. She grew up surrounded by great Gospel singers and musicians, developing her skills at a young age to make certain she would have a place in the music world. She has performed in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas for over 25 years.
In her teen years, Sheila was a finalist in the TOP Flight (Teens Offering Praise) Competition for four years in a row. That led to numerous opportunities for performances at The Middletown Hot Air Balloon Festival, Eastwood Park, Americana Amusement Park, and many others. Some performances at The Christian Dinner Theater in Dayton, Ohio were broadcast on the radio station WFCJ, 93.7.
In 1996, Sheila found her talents led her straight to Nashville, performing on the Grand Ole Opry Stage and at The Ryman Auditorium. She also recorded a Country song, My Life Passed Before My Eyes, in October that year. After returning back to Cincinnati, she continued to pursue her love for Christian music and became actively involved in the Music Ministry at Landmark Church. In 1999, she started leading the 1st-3rd Grade Children's Choir at Landmark. She discovered a love for teaching the skills that she had honed and developed over the years, and began teaching Vocal Performance in 2006. She has had students go on to become part of Mishpachah, The Young Continentals (a touring Christian performance group), as well as lead and supporting roles in various musical and theatrical events. In 2011, one of her students made it into the Top 10 in Miami Valley Idol.
Throughout the years, Sheila has performed at local venues and shared the stage with various artists, such as, Twila Paris, Julie Nickell, Chris Tomlin, Building 429, and others. She continues performing on a regular basis as a soloist and with her student-based group, LOL. She also leads worship for Landmark Cincinnati Church's Children's Ministry and the contemporary worship services at Messiah Lutheran in Green Hills, Ohio.