About Sheila Waterfield

Sheila’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, Latin, folk, soul and blues. She is an accomplished, award winning vocalist and a very popular performer at music venues and festivals.  She is one of those impressive singers who can instill a beautiful warm delicacy into ballads and a lively, spirited energy into the blues.  She received raving reviews for her performances at The Festival of Song Cheltenham, Jazz Live Grimsby and Big Band Festival Aberdeenshire.

‘A beautifully warm, expressive voice’ – Ron Bailey, Jazz Live.

Sheila was born and grew up in Coventry, England and is the youngest of seven sisters, many of whom are accomplished musicians and singers.  The family’s love of music and singing was largely influenced by Sheila’s Mother who herself grew up in a large traditional Irish family where music, singing and dance 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 music set the scene for Sheila’s musical journey thus far.  Sheila demonstrated her love of singing from a very young age and from the tender age of seven, performed at festivals and competitions in England and Ireland.  By the age of twelve 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.

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.  She was invited to perform at The Millennium Dome’s closing ceremony in 2000.

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. The album also features Mike Green (bass), Andy Davey (sax), David Williams (guitar) and Steve Street (drums and percussion).

In 2015 Sheila released album ‘Reverie’ featuring 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 has been privileged to have worked with many wonderful musicians to include Richard Jones, Jim Bashford, Ian Hill, Nick Millward, Wayne Matthews, Neil Hunter, Ian Beestin, Dougie Wright, Martin Rowberry, Geoff Pearson, Carl Hemmingsley, Tom Bull, Bryan Corbett and Stuart Barker to name a few.  Her band line-up can be anything from a piano/vocal duo up to a 17 piece big band and she can be seen performing around the UK at festivals, jazz venues and corporate events.

Sheila has written, arranged and produced her forthcoming album ‘Every Sunrise’. The songs tell stories of loss, self discovery, hope, gratitude, love and belief. The title track is now available to download. Sheila is looking forward to releasing the album later this year.

December 2018 Kenilworth Jazz Club’s 4th Year

A most enjoyable and well attended gig at the Club this month. Backed by a fabulous band consisting of Richard Jones – piano, David Williams – guitar, Ian Hill – saxes, Wayne Matthews – bass and Dave Anderson – drums, we performed a combination of jazz, swing, blues and Latin standards and a selection of my compositions from my forthcoming album ‘Every Sunrise’ which were very well received. Well done and congrats to all who contribute to the running of the club and its ongoing success – long may it continue! Photo credit – Nigel Hall.

November 2018 Charity Fundraiser

I felt truly honoured to be asked to contribute a song to this charity compilation album in aid of Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice and to perform at The Rialto Ballroom, alongside some of the regions finest musicians and singers at the album launch in November. Thanks so much to guitarist David Williams for his accompaniment and for playing my compositions so beautifully!

July 2018 Festival Time!

Huge thanks to Big Bear Music – the organisers of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival for inviting me to perform at 5 venues throughout the region. Now into its 34th year, the Festival gets bigger and better every year and has developed into one of the undoubted highlights of the West Midlands cultural calender. Thank you to pianists Richard Jones, John Hodgetts and Neil Hunter for accompanying me superbly!

March 2018 Studio Sessions

The 2nd phase of my project ‘Every Sunrise’ took place at Sansom Studios. A huge pleasure and honour to record my compositions with some of the regions finest musicians – Richard Jones on piano and Fender Rhodes, Mike Green on electric and upright bass and Jim Bashford on drums.

December 2017 New Year Celebrations

I welcomed in the new year with a gig at The Greenway Hotel, Cheltenham – a luxury 16th century Elizabethan manor house, with Graham Dent on piano, Mike Green on double bass and Spencer Hedges on drums. It was a great end to a great year! Huge thanks to the wonderful musicians whom i’ve had the pleasure of working with this year – great memories, great music! Looking forward to more of the same in 2018!

October 2017 Fundraising for Oxfam

It was a joy to be part of ‘Oxjam’, the UK’s largest music festival taking place over the whole month of October. Big thanks to Richard Jones, David Williams, Simon Paterson and Spencer Hedges who gave up their time to perform with me at The Star in Beeston. A record year for Oxjam as over £18,000 was raised!

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Upcoming Shows

16 Apr 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club West Midlands. 8.30pm West Midlands. 8.30pm
22 May 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club West Midlands. 8.30pm West Midlands. 8.30pm
24 May 2019 Sheila Waterfield Trio Newcastle-under-Lyme Festival Revolution Club, 5pm Revolution Club, 5pm
28 May 2019 Sheila Waterfield w Dean Stockdale Trio & Liam Byrne (Tenor Sax) Wilmslow Conservative Club Wilmslow. 8pm Wilmslow. 8pm
20 Jun 2019 Sheila Waterfield Quartet Leam-Jazz Club Leamington, Warks. 8pm Leamington, Warks. 8pm
20 Jul 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band Birmingham Jazz Festival Yates, Solihull. 5pm Yates, Solihull. 5pm
04 Aug 2019 Sheila Waterfield Trio Botanical Gardens Birmingham. 2pm Birmingham. 2pm

Past Shows

17 Jan 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band Artisan Bar & Restaurant Lincs. 9pm Lincs. 9pm
24 Jan 2019 Sheila Waterfield Quartet The Trumpet Jazz Club West Midlands. 8.30pm West Midlands. 8.30pm
21 Feb 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club West Midlands. 8pm West Midlands. 8pm
21 Mar 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club West Midlands. 8pm West Midlands. 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

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