Shelea Frazier
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Shelea Frazier
Sheléa Frazier
In this photo of Sheléa she has straight black hair, brown skin, and is wearing a black dress.
Frazier in April 2020
Background information
Sheléa Melody Frazier
Sheléa
BornRedwood City, California
OriginBakersfield, California
Genres
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
2003-present

Sheléa Frazier, also known as Sheléa (shuh-lay-yuh), stylized as SHELÉA or sheléa, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Her 2014 track "I'll Never Let You Go" peaked at 23 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart. She is mentored by Stevie Wonder, and is a protégée of Quincy Jones. Sheléa portrays gospel singer Dorinda Clark Cole in the 2020 Lifetime biopic, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.[1][2][3][4]

Life and career

Sheléa Frazier was born and raised in Bakersfield California.[5] She has been singing and playing piano since she was a child.[6] She has cited Natalie Cole's album Unforgettable...with Love as the impetus for her desire to become a singer.[6]

Sheléa co-wrote and performed the theme song to the UPN television sitcom All of Us from 2003 to 2006.

Sheléa began her professional career working with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.[7] In 2008, she sang lead on the track "Someone to Watch Over Me", at the request of Take 6; the song was nominated for a Grammy.[8] Afterward, Stevie Wonder contacted the singer for collaborations.[8]

Sheléa first gained wider prominence in 2012 after she posted a YouTube video singing a medley of Whitney Houston covers after the singer's death, which went viral.[9][5] Later that year, she was invited to the White House to sing for the Obamas at the Gershwin Prize presentation.[10] The next year, Sheléa performed a Whitney Houston tribute at the Grammy Museum.[5]

Shelea's debut album, Love Fell On Me, was released in 2013. The track "I'll Never Let You Go" song peaked at 23 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart.[2] She also wrote and performed the 2014 track "I'll Never Let You Go" for the film Jumping the Broom.

In 2019, she released an album Pretty World. A Tribute to Allen & Marilyn Bergman, which included Stevie Wonder and Kirk Whalum.[11] Later that year, Quincy Jones produced a concert special on PBS featuring the singer, called Quincy Jones Presents: Sheléa. Shelea's performance featured David Foster.[10][8]

She starred in the 2020 Clark Sisters biopic The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel as Dorinda Clark-Cole.[11]

Mentorship and influences

Sheléa is mentored by Stevie Wonder and is a protégée of Quincy Jones. She was a backup singer for Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life Tour in 2014 and 2015.[12] In 2018, she held a two-month residency at Jones' Q's Bar & Lounge in Dubai.[12]

She has stated that Whitney Houston is one of her biggest inspirations.[5]

Discography

Albums

  • 2013: Love Fell on Me
  • 2015: You
  • 2019: Pretty World. A Tribute to Allen & Marilyn Bergman

Extended plays

  • 2019: Don't Wanna Wait 'Til Christmas

Soundtracks

Singles

Album appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Let It Go" 2006 Avila Brothers The Mood: Soundsational
"Grandma's Song" 2008 N/A The Experience: 5th Anniversary Project
"Someone to Watch Over Me" Take 6, Roy Hargrove The Standard
"Christmas Time Is Here" 2010 Take 6 The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 2011 Nelson Beato A Gift to You
"I Always Win" 2012 The Bol Worship Center Excellence: A Praise and Worship Experience
"Human Nature" 2013 BWB Human Nature
"Christmas Day" 2014 Daniel Rodriguez A Glorious Christmas
"This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" 2018 Dave Koz, Kenny Lattimore Summer Horns II: From A to Z
"I Want Milk" Justin Andrew Wilson, II LJ's World
"Auntie's Heart"
"I Want Jesus" 2019 Mark Bunney Forhym
"Star Spangled Banner" Maestro Lightford Calendar Muzik
"Mary Did You Know?" Jonathan Butler Christmas Together
"Love Is"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Michael Lington A Foreign Affair Christmas
"The Bodyguard Medley (Live)" David Foster An Intimate Evening
"Silver Bells" Dave Koz, Auburn Road Cedric the Entertainer & Silas White Present: A Powerbase Christmas
"The Prayer Song" 2020 Jaden Gray, Joshua Ledet An Invitation To The Cookout
"Catch the Wave" Sergio Mendes In the Key of Joy
"Time Goes By"

References

  1. ^ "Salt-N-Pepa Miniseries, the Clark Sisters Biopic In Works". Rolling Stone. March 28, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Sheléa (chart results)". Billboard.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Singer-songwriter Shelea hits the charts and Blues Alley". WTOP-FM. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Shelea Talks Going to College, Stevie Wonder As a Mentor, The White House, More". Singersroom. July 22, 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Quincy Jones' protégée Sheléa recalls the time Bobbi Kristina praised her for Whitney Houston tribute - Music News - ABC News Radio". abcnewsradioonline.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b "Exclusive Interview: Pop-Culturalist Chats with Sheléa". Pop-Culturalist.com. 2020-01-16. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Sheléa On Career, Music and Her Future". MUSE. 2019-10-30. Retrieved .
  8. ^ a b c Robinson, Jennifer. "Quincy Jones Presents: Sheléa". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff. "Sheléa: Pretty World: A Tribute to Alan and Marilyn Bergman (Breath of Life)". JazzTimes. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b "Quincy Jones Presents: Sheléa". KPBS. Retrieved .
  11. ^ a b Vo, Thao (2019-11-15). "Sheléa Gives Insight Into New Music and Starring in Lifetime's 'The Clark Sisters'". Sheen Magazine. Retrieved .
  12. ^ a b "Sheléa & Kirk Whalum Bask In The 'Moonlight' | SoulBounce | SoulBounce". www.soulbounce.com. Retrieved .

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