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Shea Breaux Wells

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. After appearing in the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, she came to know its Artistic Director, Jessica Felix. Jessica's deep reach into the varying echelons of jazz musicians, both locally and nationally, have led Shea into some wonderful musical relationships. With Jessica's introduction to pianist Noam Lemish, Shea was inspired to her 2006 release, 'Piece of the Light", a full-length album of mostly original songs, with a few cover versions thrown into the mix. Titled, "Piece of the Light' this album featured the legendary Robben Ford on guitar, as well as excellent jazz musicians such as Noam Lemish, David Ewell, Bill Ortiz and Alex Aspinall. "Piece of the Light" was arranged by Shea and co-produced with Oz Fritz, known for his work on Tom Waits' Grammy Award winning "Mule Variations". The Healdsburg Jazz Festival again exerted its influence with Jessica Felix's orchestration of another kind.

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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."
Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

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 Francisco. She currently works with students in the Sonoma County area in California.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

A Blind Date

Independent Records
2008

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