A native New Yorker whose singing credentials span from choir concerts, private parties to national competitions to international tours, L’Tanya “SugarLips” Shields has been humming hymns and singing songs since childhood. Her vivacious personality comes across in her music. Whatever song she sings, she makes it her own. Her musical foundation lies in the church where she is a member of the choir and can often be found belting out a solo. Having very little formal training, L’Tanya wants you to know that her talent is a gift from God.
Since relocating to Atlanta, L’Tanya has been blessed to share the stage with some very talented people. In addition to her singing career, she has theatrical credits under her belt. She has had major roles in local productions of “WORK”, “Delayed but Not Denied” and “Tambourines to Glory” by Langston Hughes. Currently, Sugarlips is portraying the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin in the theatrical production, Natural Woman-An Aretha Story. She was also featured in the major motion picture “Dirty Laundry”, starring Loretta Devine & Rockmond Dunbar.
L’Tanya was a soloist with the All Atlanta Chorus for 5 years where she performed with the award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She participated in the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games, sharing the stage with B.B. King, Winton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Little Richard and a host of other veterans in the music industry. Along with the Voice of Atlanta choir, she recorded with the legendary Sir Elton John. 8 members of the choir which included L’Tanya’s melodious voice, joined Sir Elton on his US & European tours to promote the “Peachtree Road” CD project. L’Tanya is currently doing lead & background vocals with Elton Live, The Ultimate Tribute. The band pays homage to the great singer/songwriter. As a soloist with Voice of Atlanta (VOA) choir and now the leader of her own R&B and jazz band, you may hear L’Tanya’s voice anywhere. She has recently released her first solo CD project, Finally, Its Love. A treat for the ears!!!
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