There is a noticeable shift in the room when Shea begins to sing. Whether it is her rich voice, her compelling presence or her obvious devotion to the music, it is crystal clear that you are in for something special. Shea's love of jazz was born many years ago, while listening to her father's albums - Chris Conner, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and many others. She also became deeply enamored of the Motown sound - particularly the harmony groups. While in school, Shea studied music, and sang in an a capella septet, as well as appearing in musicals, such as Guys and Dolls and Godspell. Her love of music continued through college where she sang in an alternative rock band. After they split, she began singing jazz in nightclubs around Los Angeles. She joined the Little Big Band, singing swing hits and harmonizing with two other singers, fleshing out a ten piece band. Shea was also involved in studio vocal work - singing on commercial specs, trance and trip hop projects, as well as children's albums. These varying influences of rock, jazz, swing, and more coalesced into a versatile quality in Shea's voice, presentation and also her songwriting skills. Shea relocated to the Bay Area to record an EP of original songs with Grammy Award winning producer, Michael Rosen. These songs went on to be featured on MTV's Road Rules - creating a soft spot in Shea's heart for the beloved royalty check! With a move up to Sonoma County, Shea has found a fantastic musical community
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Jazziz Magazine - Wells’ felicitous choices include tracks by Miles Davis,
Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Tim Buckley alongside more expected
choices like Carmichael and Berlin.
Every choice produces highlights.Whether you sample the sensitive and
natural “Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford, “ the neatly frenetic sax solo on “Bye
Bye Blackbird,” or her original “Dark Matters,” with Cables and Handy taking
center stage behind the singer, Wells and her fabulous band more than do
justice to all the material here.
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Shea helps students to find their optimal sound via placement and experimental
sound production. By applying the optimal sound to any song, riff, or solo - a
singer can then begin to realize her own particular identity.
Shea has studied with Jane Peterson of the Boston Metropolitan Opera, G.G.
Prosper in Los Angeles, and Raz Kennedy (Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra) in San
She currently works with students in the Sonoma County area in California.