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by Sheila Fleming

There's this place in her voice...when she hits it, it will break you wide open. Her style is a kind of sophisticated folk, her lyrics are intelligent and beautifully written, and her finger-style playing is first-rate.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Circles
4:40 $0.99
2. Ode to a Woolworth's Store
5:33 $0.99
3. Like a Fire
4:43 $0.99
4. Between My Lines
4:20 $0.99
5. Lay Your Burdens Down
3:32 $0.99
6. What It's Not
3:46 $0.99
7. The Hero's Story
5:11 $0.99
8. Not a Christmas Song
6:59 $0.99
9. Very Small Town
3:23 $0.99
10. The Turning of a Phrase
4:05 $0.99
11. Time in the Past
3:27 $0.99
12. Love Isn't Dead (Live)
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
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 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 solo, and 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, and an inspiring writer and arranger. 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, Kerrville Folk Finalist Wes Collins, and cellist/bassist extraordinaire, Robbie Link.
As a sacred music performer, Sheila has found a way to share her devotion to singing as a spiritual practice with others at retreats, workshops, and community ceremonies. Accompanying herself and others on a variety of instruments (frame drum, djembe, native american flute, lyre, guitar, and glockenspiel!) Sheila has performed as Trio Luna & the High Vibes at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival, and with musicians Amy and Scott Durso (voice/shruti box/percussion) and poet Sharon Blessum in "Soul Speak", a community ceremony of sung and spoken word offered throughout the year.
In the summer of 2010, Sheila collaborated with composer/environmental educator Cynthia Crossen in conducting Crossen's epic choral piece “The Goddess Suite”, scored for women's choir, piano, flute, cello, and percussion. The proceeds of the performances supported local, regional, and global charities that embody attributes of the seven Greek goddesses who inspired the piece. 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 public school system and presents workshops and clinics to educators, musicians, students and their families throughout the state.



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