Sheila has been making music all the days of her life. From the cornfields of Iowa, and all along the banks of the Mississippi, Sheila’s lyrical voice and sweet, soulful songs have been heard in coffee houses, concert halls , classrooms, and conferences throughout the Midwest and the Southeast. Now living in rural Chatham county in North Carolina, Sheila is charming Triangle audiences with thoughtfully-written songs that will capture your heart and make you appreciate the broad musical palette from where her music originates.
Sheila is that rare combination of talents – a dynamic teacher, a superlative singer, an accomplished guitarist, and an extraordinary songwriter. A finalist in both the Triangle Folk MusicSociety’s Songwriting Contest and the NC Songwriters Cooperative Songwriters Contest, she has recently released her first solo CD, CIRCLES. Sheila has performed with the folk/swing trio Trilogy for the past fifteen years, and also performs as a solo singer/songwriter. She has shared the stage with many local artists, including award-winning songwriter Kathleen Hannan,Kerville Folk Finalist Wes Collins, and cellist/bassist extraordinaire, Robbie Link. She is a beloved Chapel Hill music teacher who has been named “Teacher of the Year” numerous times throughout her 30-year tenure in the public schools. She presently teaches elementary music at Mary Scroggs Elementary and presents workshops and clinics to educators, musicians, students and their families throughout North Carolina.
In the summer of 2010, Sheila collaborated with songwriter/composer/environmental educator Cynthia Crossen in conducting Crossen’s epic choral piece “The Goddess Suite”, scored for women’s choir, piano, flute, cello, and percussion. The proceeds of the performances supported local, regional, and global charities that embody attributes of the seven Greek goddesses who inspired the piece.
“…..her style is sophisticated , her lyrics are intelligent and beautifully written, and her finger-style playing is first rate.”
– Alan Hall – Chapel Hill News
“ ….(her) songs are really something special in terms of their musicality, concept, lyrics and originality. I am also very impressed by the guitar parts – (she) seems to have an innate sense of how to mix “in” and “out” jazz-tinged harmony that makes everything swing and feel so good ….”
-(the late) Howard Morgan -Fingerstyle Guitar and Just Jazz Guitar.