The dynamic, gifted and remarkably talented Shonda English is a ground-breaking, graceful and highly anointed woman of God. She is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. Not only is she gifted with phenomenal vocal capabilities; she is also a prolific songwriter, gifted musician, meticulous director and a superbly skilled producer. This gospel heavy hitter currently resides in the great state of South Carolina in the beautiful city of Sumter. Shonda’s dynamic gifts and talents enable her to compose both, traditional music for the conservative church community and an upbeat, urban-style gospel for the youth. Her life is a song and her music a blessing! Moreover, she tastefully exudes a God-given presence which magnificently captivates her audiences.
Shonda is uniquely empowered with an intrinsic melodic distinctive and a compelling musical heritage. Thus, music is not foreign to her; she was born into a very musical environment. Moreover, she is the lovely daughter of the Bishop W. T. English, former recording artist for HOB Records. Her vocal talents were discovered when she was three years old. Significantly, at three, she started singing on the youth choir at Holy Tabernacle COGIC of Boston, Massachusetts. What is more dynamic, at age four, God increased His blessing on Shonda and she started to play the piano by ear.
Currently, she is the Minister of Music at Greater St. Paul Non Denominational Church, Sumter, South Carolina under the dynamic leadership of her father, Bishop W. T. English. She possesses a “Spirit of Excellence” which prompted her to enhance her musical talents and gifts. Accordingly, she received vocal instructions from Dr. Sonja Sepulveda and piano instructions from the late Albert Linton. In further pursuit of her music career, she became a protégé of Tyrone Block, the director of the late Rev. Milton Brunson’s’ Thompson Community Singers. Notably, she patterned her choir, Great Jubilation, after the “Tommies” which clearly explains their high energy and ability to bring the house down!
The gospel music industry is tremendously blessed with a powerful and talented breath of fresh air -- Shonda English. This power house is impacting the gospel industry, with her first single release on this sophmore project. Her lyrics on this project are both masterfully approached and elegantly oriented. Her vocals exude a smooth sophistication and yet an earthiness that echo awe-inspiring melodies. Displaying quality of which is nothing short of spectacular, Shonda is often referred to as the “Angie Stone of Gospel” which is certainly verified on “No Worries”.
Shonda’s musical influences are quite impressive. For example, her music is influenced by some of gospel’s giants, namely: the Thompson Community singers, Edwin Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, Marvin Winans, and Andre Crouch, just to name a few. Shonda’s repertoire of performances is quite extraordinary. Significantly, she has delivered superb performances with some of the world’s legendary and most celebrated gospel artists. The list is extraordinary, such as Shirley Caesar, Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, Ricky Dillard and New G, Ledisi, and many others
Shonda cordially invites you to share her experiences from depression to delight and to authorize the lyrics of this, her 2nd solo masterpiece. It is guaranted to ignite the sparks of your spirit. The only component missing from this project is you.