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.

Sheila has now released her new five track EP ‘A Better Place’, which is now available as a CD or digital download here.

July 2019 ‘EP’ Release

Very excited to release some of my original compositions in the form of a five track EP – ‘A Better Place’. The track is now available in CD and digital format. Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the recording: Richard Jones, Matt Ball, David Williams, Wayne Matthews, Mike Green, Dave Anderson, Jim Bashford, Tommi Vokinen, Bryan Corbett, Chris (Bebee) Aldridge, Julianne Bourne, Rebecca Rose, Olly Sansom, Matt Cotterill, Nathan Morris, Barry Bayliss and Ian Riley.

May 2019 Wilmslow Jazz Club

How to run a Jazz Club ……..
Look no further than Graham Brook, organiser of live events at Wilmslow Jazz.
Huge thanks to Graham for inviting me to perform at the Club and for being so welcoming.
It was a lovely gig thanks to The Dean Stockdate Trio, Liam Byrne on Tenor Sax and a very attentive and appreciative audience. I’m really looking forward to returning to the club next 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!

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Upcoming Shows

15 Dec 2019 Sheila Waterfield Trio The Repertory Theatre Birmingham. B1 2EP. 1-4pm Birmingham. B1 2EP. 1-4pm
21 Jan 2020 Sheila Waterfield, Rod Mason, Andrzej Baranek Trio Wilmslow Jazz Club Wilmslow, SK9 5EG. 8.30pm Wilmslow, SK9 5EG. 8.30pm

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
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
16 Jun 2019 Sheila Waterfield, Ian Hill & House Band The Rugby Hotel Rugby, Warks. 4-7pm Rugby, Warks. 4-7pm
18 Jun 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston, West Mids. 8.30pm Bilston, West Mids. 8.30pm
20 Jun 2019 Sheila Waterfield Quartet Leam-Jazz Club Leamington, Warks. 8pm Leamington, Warks. 8pm
27 Jun 2019 Sheila Waterfield Trio Jazz Sessions, Wednesbury Library West Midlands. 7-9pm West Midlands. 7-9pm
18 Jul 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston, West Mids. 8.30pm Bilston, West Mids. 8.30pm
20 Jul 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band Birmingham Jazz Festival Yates, Solihull. 5pm Yates, Solihull. 5pm
27 Jul 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band Birmingham Jazz Festival Boldmere, West Mids. 8pm Boldmere, West Mids. 8pm
28 Jul 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band Birmingham Jazz Festival Resorts World, West Mids. 12 Midday Resorts World, West Mids. 12 Midday
04 Aug 2019 Sheila Waterfield Trio Botanical Gardens Birmingham. 2pm Birmingham. 2pm
22 Aug 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston, WV14 0EP. 8.30pm. Bilston, WV14 0EP. 8.30pm.
25 Aug 2019 Sheila Waterfield Trio Repertory Theatre Birmingham, B1 2EP. 1-4pm Birmingham, B1 2EP. 1-4pm
19 Sep 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston, WV14 0EP. 8.30pm. Bilston, WV14 0EP. 8.30pm.
06 Oct 2019 Sheila Waterfield Trio Repertory Theatre Birmingham, B1 2EP. 1-4pm Birmingham, B1 2EP. 1-4pm
25 Oct 2019 Sheila Waterfield Piano Duo Cini Leicester, LE19 4AG, 7.30pm Leicester, LE19 4AG, 7.30pm
10 Nov 2019 Sheila Waterfield Band The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston, WV14 0EP. 8.30pm Bilston, WV14 0EP. 8.30pm

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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