About Sheila

 
Sheila is a UK based vocalist, composer and band leader with a style that draws upon jazz, blues, soul, folk and Latin influences. Working in all musical settings, from a piano duo up to a 17 piece Big Band, Sheila can be seen performing at jazz venues, events and festivals throughout the Country and overseas.  She regularly guests with many of the UK’s top Big Bands whilst performing with her own band. Sheila is thrilled to have written and released her new album ‘Every Sunrise’ and will be touring and performing songs from the album throughout 2023.
 
Sheila is the youngest of seven sisters, many of whom chose music as a career path. Sheila’s love of music and singing started at a very young age and was largely influenced by her Irish Mother who also came from a musical family, her encouragement and guidance resulted in Sheila’s first festival performance at the tender age of eight.  Sheila went on to win the title of All England Champion in Traditional Irish Singing on four occasions with a subsequent live performance on Radio Eireann. Growing up in a large musical family, Sheila was exposed to many genres of music but she fondly remembers listening to the big band sounds of Glenn Miller and many of the jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee. Sheila continued to perform at festivals and events in England and Ireland whilst also studying piano with the London College of Music.
 
Sheila has established herself on the UK jazz scene and has performed at many festivals, events and jazz venues to include London’s Jazz Cafe, The Millennium Dome, CBS Arena, Ronnie Scott’s and has been a regular feature at the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival for several years. She enjoys collaborations and performances with many of the UK’s top musicians.

Studio Albums:

2013 – Album ‘I Wish You Love’ – Graham Dent, Steve Street, Mike Green, Andy Davey, David Williams.

2015 – Album ‘Reverie’ – John Hodgetts, Adrian Litvinoff, Federico Girlando, Gary Barnacle, Ian Chalk, Alan Wakeman, Si Hayden.

2019 – EP ‘A Better Place’ – Richard Jones, Matt Ball, Wayne Matthews, Mike Green, David Anderson, Jim Bashford, Tom Voce, David Williams, Rebecca Rose, Julianne Bourne, Bryan Corbett, Chris Aldridge.

2022 – Album ‘Every Sunrise’ – Richard Jones, Dean Stockdale, David Williams, Matt Ball, David Anderson, Jim Bashford, Fino Lopes, Chris Gibbons, Wayne Matthews, Tom Voce, Mike Green, Bryan Corbett, Chris Aldridge, Rebecca Rose, Julianne Bourne.

In 2016, due to ill health, Sheila had to take a break from live performance, it was during this time that Sheila began writing her own compositions. The solo project ‘Every Sunrise’ was written during a period of six months, the first studio recordings of this new material took place in 2019. The songs tell stories of loss, self discovery, hope, gratitude, love and belief. In that same year Sheila released a selection of these recordings in the form of a 5 track EP – ‘A Better Place’.

Sheila is delighted to have completed the ‘Every Sunrise’ project – the full album was released in December 2022 and is available on all major platforms and to purchase here!

December 2022 – Album Release

An exciting end to a very productive, musical year. I am beyond thrilled to announce that my new album ‘Every Sunrise’ is here! Available to purchase from Bandcamp and stream/download on all major platforms. Huge thanks to the musicians and engineers who contributed to the making of the album and to all who have supported me and my music. I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year and hope to see you at a gig in 2023!

July 2022 – 38th Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival

Congratulations to Big Bear Music for successfully organising and running England’s longest established jazz and blues festival. This was my 8th year performing at the hugely popular Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz and Blues Festival. My quartet appeared at Bar One Venue, huge thanks to Edgar Macias – piano, Geoff Tooley – bass and Spencer Hedges – drums for a really enjoyable gig.

January 2022 Let The Music Play!

I hope 2022 finds you well and relatively unscathed by the virus. My heart goes out to anyone who is ill or bereaved. It has been a particularly turbulent and uncertain time for many, especially those working in the entertainment sector. Many of my work colleagues have really struggled emotionally and financially throughout the pandemic and continue to do so. I feel very blessed to have had the love and support of my family through the dark times.

December 2021 Christmas Big Band Concert

It was a delight to perform at St Clement Danes Church, London with The Bader’s Big Band in aid of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope and The Douglas Bader Foundation. Both foundations raise funds for children with limb deficiency/limb difference. St Clement Danes Church is the Central Church of the Royal Air Force. Re-consecrated in 1958 as a perpetual shrine of remembrance to those who have died in service in the RAF.

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Upcoming Shows

21 Jun 2024 Sheila Waterfield Band ft Sam Rogers (Sax) The Blue Piano Birmingham. B15 3AA. 8pm Birmingham. B15 3AA. 8pm
05 Jul 2024 Sheila Waterfield & Apollo Big Band Sutton Hall Stockross, Newbury. 8pm Stockross, Newbury. 8pm
20 Jul 2024 Sheila Waterfield Trio Birmingham Jazz Festival Simpsons, Sutton Coldfield. 7pm Simpsons, Sutton Coldfield. 7pm
21 Jul 2024 Sheila Waterfield Quartet Birmingham Jazz Festival World Bar, Resorts World. 12.30pm World Bar, Resorts World. 12.30pm
27 Jul 2024 Sheila Waterfield Quartet Birmingham Jazz Festival Doubletree Hilton, Coventry. 8pm Doubletree Hilton, Coventry. 8pm
28 Jul 2024 Sheila Waterfield & Richard Jones (Piano) Birmingham Jazz Festival Lulu Wild, Brindley Place, Birmingham. 5pm Lulu Wild, Brindley Place, Birmingham. 5pm
13 Aug 2024 Sheila Waterfield & Dean Stockdale Trio Wilmslow Jazz Club Morley Green Club, Wilmslow. 8pm Morley Green Club, Wilmslow. 8pm
23 Aug 2024 Sheila Waterfield Band ft Sam Rogers (Sax) O Bar Broad St, Birmingham. B1 2DS. 8pm Broad St, Birmingham. B1 2DS. 8pm

Past Shows

05 Jan 2024 Sheila Waterfield Trio Sunflower Cafe Rochester. 8pm Rochester. 8pm
13 Jan 2024 Baders Big Band Westbury Music Centre Bradford-Upon-Avon. 7.30pm Bradford-Upon-Avon. 7.30pm
26 Jan 2024 Sheila Waterfield & Blue Notes Band + Guests Benefit Concert for Bryan Corbett Silvershine Club, Bearwood. 8pm Silvershine Club, Bearwood. 8pm
02 Feb 2024 Sheila Waterfield & Tim Amann Band The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston. 8pm Bilston. 8pm
14 Feb 2024 Stadium Big Band Yardley Wood Social Club Birmingham. 8pm Birmingham. 8pm
08 Mar 2024 Sheila Waterfield Band ft. Sam Rogers (Sax) O Bar, Broad Street Birmingham. 8pm Birmingham. 8pm
21 Mar 2024 Sheila Waterfield & The Blue Notes Band Silvershine Jazz Club Birmingham. B66 4BT. 8.30pm Birmingham. B66 4BT. 8.30pm
24 Mar 2024 Sheila Waterfield & Tim Amann Band The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston. West Midlands. 1pm. Bilston. West Midlands. 1pm.
18 Apr 2024 Sheila Waterfield & The Sharmanaires Big Band Moseley All Services Club Birmingham. B13 9EA. 8pm Birmingham. B13 9EA. 8pm
05 May 2024 Sheila Waterfield & Garry Allcock Jazz Trio The Tower of Song Birmingham. B30 3JX. 3pm Birmingham. B30 3JX. 3pm
22 May 2024 Sheila Waterfield & Birmingham Big Band Moseley All Services Club Birmingham. B13 9EA. 12.30pm Birmingham. B13 9EA. 12.30pm
31 May 2024 Sheila Waterfield Piano Duo Freddie's Jazz Bar Wakefield. 9pm Wakefield. 9pm
02 Jun 2024 Sheila Waterfield Trio Squires Jazz Club Chester. 2pm Chester. 2pm
07 Jun 2024 Sheila Waterfield & The Sharmanaires Big Band The Royal British Legion Club Solihull. B93 9LE. 8pm Solihull. B93 9LE. 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

“It was great to see such a polished performance.”
Ron Bailey, Jazz Live Grimsby

“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

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