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From: PA, United States

Folk, Pop, Alternative

Sheila Hershey began expressing her creativity at an early age, spending countless hours drawing.  One day, after creating many crayon drawn masterpieces, she decided she ought to have an art show. Since her mother forbade her to tape her masterpieces to the walls, the young, willful Hershey glued them up instead. Whether the resulting punishment directed her toward music instead of art, one will never know, but those who are fortunate to hear her sing and play are surely glad it did. Sheila Hershey is a soulful and charismatic singer and multi-instrumentalist who enjoys performing as a soloist as well as supporting other musician across many genres from classical music to rock.

Her latest solo project features her work as a singer-songwriter cellist. Through looping melodic and percussive phrases created on her cello, she creates a self-made orchestra of indie-blues inspired music above which she sings. Her recordings and performances often also feature her skills as a pianist, arranger, and producer.

Hershey entered the Philadelphia music scene in 2010, when she joined psych-rock band Big Blue Spruce. Since the band’s disbursement in 2011, Hershey has worked as a freelance musician in the Philadelphia region, focusing primarily on the original music scene. In addition to working with pop and rock songwriters, Hershey works as a composer and arranger (Beyond the Breaker, film) and plays for theater and classical concerts (Umoja Strings) throughout the Delaware Valley.

With a degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College, Hershey is also an educator promoting music-making and songwriting in the Wilmington and Philadelphia region.