Singer/Songwriter & Guitarist Sheila Fleming has been making music all the days of her life. From the cornfields of Iowa, and all along the banks of the Mississippi, Sheila’s lyrical voice and sweet, soulful songs have been heard in coffee houses, concert halls, classrooms, and conferences throughout the Midwest and the Southeast. Now living in rural Chatham county in North Carolina, Sheila is charming Triangle audiences with thoughtfully written songs that will capture your heart and make you appreciate the broad musical palette from where her music originates.
Sheila is that rare combination of talents – a dynamic teacher, a superlative singer, an accomplished guitarist, and an extraordinary songwriter. A finalist in both the Triangle Folk Music Society’s Songwriting Contest and the NC Songwriters Cooperative Songwriters Contest, she has recently released her first solo CD, CIRCLES.
Currently you will find Sheila performing with Congolese guitarist-bassist-vocalist Emmanuel Nsingani, bringing an exquisite new vibe to her indie-folk stylings. Their musical chemistry is extremely enchanting, creating a broader, more culturally and musically-enriched expression to Sheila's originals and obscure covers. Emmanuel is a virtuoso on bass and guitar, a luscious singer, an inspiring writer and arranger, and has been energizing triangle audiences performing with the Congolese jazz fusion quartet, MUNINGU, with whom Sheila occassionally sits in with. Performing with the folk/swing trio Trilogy for the past fifteen years, she has also shared the stage with many local artists, including award-winning songwriter Kathleen Hannan, Kerville Folk Finalist Wes Collins, and cellist/bassist extraordinaire, Robbie Link. Prior to her move to North Carolina, Sheila performed with the Batucada Nossa Senhora, a drumming ensemble featuring folkloric and sacred music from the Afro-Cuban/Afro-Brazilian traditions as well as popular music set to traditional styles.
She is a beloved music teacher who has been named “Teacher of the Year” numerous times throughout her 30-year tenure in the public schools. She presently teaches elementary music in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District, and presents workshops and clinics to educators, musicians, students and their families throughout North Carolina.