Sheila Wilkins

Band Member, Singer

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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2. Just The Two Of Us

My vocals on duo cover version of Bill Withers track 'Just the Two of us'

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Credits & experience

2019
  • Cheltenham Music Festival : Solo singer with Big Band
  • Jazz vocal workshop and performance with Lianne Carroll, Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft : Solo jazz singer
  • Numerous gigs as duo, trio and band in and around Gloucestershire. : Lead singer
2018
  • Numerous gigs as duo, trio and band in and around Gloucestershire. : Lead singer
  • Cheltenhma Jazz Festival Fringe : Lead singer with vocals/guitar duo
  • Cheltenham Jazz Festival Fringe : Lead singer with Mrs Peel Band

Music

Vocal ability

Lead singer


Vocal range

Alto


Singing styles
  • Pop

Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Jazz

Influences: Cassandra Wilson, Billi Holiday, Julie London, Frank Sinatra

I currently sing regularly in the Cheltenham/Gloucester area as a duo with a brilliant spanish guitarist, and also with my 4-5 piece band featuring spanish guitar, lead guitar, double bass or bass guitar, saxophone, percussion, drums. (See www.mrspeel.co.uk)

We perform a lovely combination of jazz standards and latin, pop covers, motown and soul. I’m based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and appear regularly at venues in and around Gloucestershire and performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Fringe this year for the third time.

As a duo we also provide musical entertainment at numerous care homes and retirements, including show tunes, 60s pop, country and western, sing along tunes - in fact anything that's lively and fun. I particularly enjoy all the interaction with the audiences, which is always uplifting and great fun.

Here's a sample list of some of the types of songs we love to perform as a band (we are adding new ones all the time) :

After the love has gone (Earth Wind and Fire)
All the things you are
And I love him (Beatles)
Autumn Leaves
Betcha by golly wow (Stylistics)
Blue Bird
The boy from Ipanema
California Dreamin’
Call Me
Callivar
Can’t take my eyes off of you (Andy Williams)
Cavatina
Cry me a River
Diamonds are for ever (Shirley Bassey)
Dindi
Don’t it make my brown eyes blue (Crystal Gayle)
Every time we say goodbye
Fantasy (Earth Wind and Fire)
Fly me to the moon
For all we know (Carpenters)
Free (Deniece Williams)
Give me the Night (George Benson)
Going out of my head *
Golden Lady (Stevie Wonder)
Guitar Man (Bread)
This guy’s in love with you (Sacha Distel)
How Long (Ace)
I only have eyes for you (Art Garfunkel)
I’m still waiting (Diana Ross)
I’ve got you under my skin
It’s Too Late (Carol King)
Just my Imagination (Temptations)
Just the two of us(Bill Withers)
Lately (Stevie Wonder)
The look of love (Dusty Springfield)
Love don’t live here any more
Lovin’ You (Minnie Riperton)
Michelle (Beatles)
Misty
Moon River
My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder)
My funny valentine
My Guy (Mary Wells)
Never can say goodbye (Gloria Gaynor)
A Night like this (Cara Emmerald)
Night and Day
Our day will come (Amy Winehouse)
The shadow of your smile
Smooth operator (Sade)
So Nice
Something (Beatles)
Speak Low
Stormy Weather
Summer Breeze (Isley Brothers)
Summertime
Sway
They can't take that away from me
Touch me in the morning (Diana Ross)
Until you come back (Aretha Frankin)
The very thought of you (Nat King Cole)
Watch what happens
When I fall in love (Nat King Cole)
Will you still love me tomorrow (Carol King)


In a completely different musical direction, for the last 3 –4 years I have also sung as part of an a capella trio called Kviria, specialising in unaccompanied ancient traditional songs from the Republic of Georgia (formerly Russia). The songs have a amazing unusual sound that is captivating. They re quite complex to learn and we are flucky enough to receive tuition from native Georgian singers from tme to time. We perform several times a year, and, amongst other things, featured at last year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival

I have also worked with a 3-girl harmony group focussing on pop covers with and without accompaniment. We're working on songs of Bacharach, Bee Gees, Beach Boys etc as well as songs suitable for weddings, such as such as Ave Maria and Pie Jesu.

Previously I have sung in local community choirs and have received professional training and coaching from inspirational tutors Angela Eliot (http://www.myspace.com/angelaashmoreelliott), Jenna Monroe (http://jennamonroe.com), and Deborah Brown (http://www.jazzvox.com/deborahbrown

I'm pretty versatile and I’m told my voice is rich and mature, and that I have a luxurious deep vibrato likened by some to Nina Simone.

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