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About Sheila Waterfield
Sheila Waterfield is an award winning vocalist who was born and grew up in Coventry, England and is one of seven sisters, many of whom are accomplished musicians and singers. The family were largely influenced by Sheila’s Mother who grew up in a large traditional Irish family where music was part of everyday life. Her Father was a naturally gifted and talented singer and sang the songs of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra effortlessly. These early influences of Irish, folk and jazz set the scene for Sheila’s musical journey thus far. Sheila demonstrated her love of singing from a very young age which was encouraged by her Irish Mother and from the tender age of 7 performed at festivals and competitions in England and Ireland. By the age of 12 she was featured on Radio Eireann having won the title of ‘All England Champion’ in traditional Irish singing. Sheila was also part of The Shannon Youth Ceilidh Band with whom she regularly sang and played the Irish whistle.
At the age of 18 Sheila performed her first professional jazz gig after she was introduced to pianist Laurie Graham. She continued to perform with Laurie and secured a weekly spot at the former ‘Music Room’ in Staffordshire. She received raving reviews for her performances at The Festival of Song, Cheltenham, Jazz Live, Grimsby and Big Band Festival, Aberdeenshire.
From the early 90’s Sheila found herself to be an in demand vocalist, from original projects to high end function work, providing lead and backing vocals for many of the UK’s top bands – jazz/funk outfit Pazazz, The Paul Metcalfe Band, Jazz All Stars Orchestra to name a few. She has performed for countless celebrities and corporate clients and was invited to perform at The Millennium Dome’s closing ceremony in 2000 which is her largest audience to date.
Sheila has been privileged to have worked with many wonderful musicians and singers to include Paul Stanton, Luca Rusnighi, Rob Malone, Tim Kelsall, Stuart Pickett, Steve Street, Mike Green, Graham Dent, David Williams, Nick Millward, Ian Hill, Andy Davey, Wayne Matthews, Neil Hunter, Ian Beestin, Geoff Pearson to name a few.
2013 saw the release of album ‘I Wish You Love’ – produced and arranged by jazz pianist Graham Dent. The collaboration took place in the spring of 2012 when Sheila decided that she wanted to a produce a musical tribute to her Mother who passed away from dementia in 2010. ‘I felt that the time was right to release a lasting memorial to my beloved Mum, she was such a big influence on my love of music and singing from a very young age’. Sheila will be making a donation to The Alzheimer’s Society – 50% of the profits from each CD sale will be donated to the charity.
Sheila’s latest album release ‘Reverie’ features the fabulous talents of John Hodgetts (piano and keyboards), Federico Girlando (drums and percussion), Adrian Litvinoff (double bass), Si Hayden (guitar), Ian Chalk (trumpet), Gary Barnacle (tenor sax) and Alan Wakeman (soprano sax). The album combines jazz, swing, funk and bossa to create a fresh take on some classic songs.
Sheila continues to perform with various ensembles from a piano/vocal duo up to a 17 piece big band and can be seen at festivals, jazz venues, private parties and corporate functions all over the country. She is currently working on original material, collaborating with some great musicians and plans to release a new album in the spring of 2016.
Somewhat later than planned – my new album ‘Reverie’ is released. This has been over 2 years in the making – originally I had set out to complete the project within 12 month, just a little under with my estimation! However it’s here and I’m delighted with it, hope you will be too!
Mine was especially wonderful as not only was I treated to a meal, chocolate and flowers but I had a guest appearance at The Style Bar, the venue for Rugby’s monthly jazz jam. I sang to a very appreciative audience and was backed by a wonderful rhythm section and some excellent brass players. The day couldn’t have been any better!
Leamington held its first jazz festival in the grounds of Leamington Rugby Club. What a great day, we had the weather, the food, the beer and of course the music! The festival is set to become an annual event and I’m sure it will go from strength to strength judging on the line up of acts announced for this year. http://www.leam-jazz.com/
A fabulous gig! We had a wonderful afternoon in the stunning grounds of Brockencote Hall in Worcestershire. Renowned for its superb cuisine and excellent service, this traditional country house is set in 70 acres of tranquil parkland and dates back over 300 years. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing gig. We played 2 sets of smooth jazz to a lovely audience and were looked after extremely well by the staff. Great place for foodies and lovers of jazz!
One of the highlights of this year was singing at my dear Ma-in-Law’s 80th birthday party at The Ansty Hall Hotel in Coventry. We all had a wonderful evening spent with family and friends – thanks to the band – Steve Street, Wayne Matthews and Graham Dent for being part of it. Mary Waterfield, you are a truly wonderful and inspirational lady.
This was a particularly exciting month for me as Kenilworth Jazz Club was launched. For quite a while I’d been toying with the idea of starting up a monthly jazz club or jazz jam night locally so when a friend (Dave Logan) came to me with his idea of doing the same it was the perfect opportunity to go for it! The club meets on the first Monday of the month and hosts live jazz of only the highest calibre in a comfortable, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We have been particularly keen to promote young talent and have been treated to an array of wonderful bands and musicians since the club’s launch. We are very grateful to have received sponsorship from Wright Hassell Solictors and Loveitts Estate Agent. We’re now in our second year and looking forward to the programme of events that we have lined up throughout 2015. www.kenilworthjazzclub.co.uk
This month I enjoyed the first of many performances at The Trumpet Jazz Venue in Bilston. It’s a real pleasure performing at this venue and I’m delighted to be asked back on a monthly basis. Always made to feel so welcome by Musti who runs the venue and has the un-enviable task of organising the entertainment programme, (the venue holds a long tradition of featuring live acts 7 nights per week and Sunday lunch times!) Well done Musti and the Trumpet crew, long may it continue! http://www.trumpetjazz.org.uk/
It was a privilege and an honour to be backed by The Bohop Trio for my first appearance at the club – Ian Beestin (drums), Neil Hunter (piano) and Geoff Pearson (double bass). We played 2 sets to a very welcoming audience, a thoroughly enjoyable experience! I’m looking forward to appearing there again in 2016.
|31 Aug 2016||Sheila Waterfield Hosts Jazz Jam||Leamington Spa, Warks Bedford St, CV32 5DY, 8pm||Bedford St, CV32 5DY, 8pm|
|20 Sep 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bilston The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm|
|22 Sep 2016||Sheila Waterfield & Ian Hill Band||Rugby The Rugby Hotel, CV21 3BX. 8pm||The Rugby Hotel, CV21 3BX. 8pm|
|07 Dec 2016||Sheila Waterfield & Neil Hunter||Stratford Upon Avon Stratford Arts House 7pm||Stratford Arts House 7pm|
|01 Jan 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bedfordshire The Rose Club 9pm||The Rose Club 9pm|
|19 Jan 2016||Sheila Waterfield Quartet||Bilston The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm|
|05 Mar 2016||Sheila Waterfield Trio||Cheltenham The Daffodil Club 12.30pm||The Daffodil Club 12.30pm|
|24 Mar 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bilston The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm|
|31 Mar 2016||Sheila Waterfield Quartet||Bearwood The Silvershine Jazz Club 8.30pm||The Silvershine Jazz Club 8.30pm|
|01 May 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Coventry Earlsdon Festival 3pm||Earlsdon Festival 3pm|
|07 May 2016||Sheila Waterfield Trio||Cheltenham The Daffodil Club 12.30pm||The Daffodil Club 12.30pm|
|17 May 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bilston The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm|
|05 Jun 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Coventry The Watchmakers, Earlsdon 5pm||The Watchmakers, Earlsdon 5pm|
|06 Jun 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Kenilworth Kenilworth Jazz Club 7.30pm||Kenilworth Jazz Club 7.30pm|
|12 Jun 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Coventry The Watchmakers, Earlsdon 5pm||The Watchmakers, Earlsdon 5pm|
|23 Jun 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bilston The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm|
|03 Jul 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Leamington South Warks Jazz Festival||South Warks Jazz Festival|
|14 Jul 2016||Sheila Waterfield Trio||Leamington Bedford Street 8.30pm||Bedford Street 8.30pm|
|17 Jul 2016||Sheila Waterfield Duo||Birmingham Jazz Festival Poplar Way, Solihull 1pm||Poplar Way, Solihull 1pm|
|21 Jul 2016||Sheila Waterfield Trio||Birmingham Jazz Festival El Borracho De Ora 7pm||El Borracho De Ora 7pm|
|16 Aug 2016||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bilston The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club 8pm|
More dates to be announced!
“Sheila provides the charisma and exceptional vocal talent to make any event a musical experience not to be missed !”
Festival of Song, Cheltenham
“The combination of Sheila’s voice and the quality of the musicians was a real treat and totally unforgettable.”
Tony Barker, AMS Systems Annual Dinner Dance
“It was great to see such a polished performance.”
Ron Bailey, Jazz Live Grimsby
“Thanks for making our night a truly memorable occasion.”
Mr & Mrs Staunton, 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
“Whether performing a smooth Rogers & Hart ballad to a big band Miller arrangement, Sheila has the ability to capture the essence of a melody and lyric with passion.”
Big Band Festival, Aberdeenshire
“Sheila’s rendition of ‘Embraceable You’ brought tears to my eyes.”
Wedding of Mark and Katy Young, St. Mary’s Church, Essex