Shailah began writing poetry as a child in Portland, Oregon. She continued while living in in Paris, and traveling the world as a model. Her music career began by co-writing a song for famed R&B artist, Betty Wright (of Clean Up woman), and composing original tunes. After being selected to be a featured guest singer, with the legendary Lionel Hampton, Shailah’s singing career blossomed, and led her to sing with Fred Schneider (of B52’s) solo album, lead singer of Shayla & The Shaylettes Motown Revue, and various other New York local artists. Before finally leaving Paris, Shailah opened for Sydney Youngblood at the Olympia Stadium, and has since toured with the Marvelettes, doing lead and background, in the USA.
Having a father as a jazz aficionado, Shailah grew up listening to all the jazz greats, and has come full circle, once again enjoying this great genre of music, as expressed in her recently released CD “Moonlight Magic”. (see music page)
As a former model, she has settled into the jazz world with the grace and style she brought to the runway, performing classic standards with incredible phrasing and beautiful, sultry vocals, enjoyed at several venues throughout the New York Metropolitan area.
She is currently kept busy as lead singer of her Motown and jazz bands, and as a professional impersonator of Tina Turner and Whitney Houston.