Sylvia can remember as young as 4 years old, singing her nursery rhymes as her father stood by, recording every last note. A singer himself, Larry Fedrick contributed his beautiful voice to a quartet as a child and, later, the church choir. He never actively pursued a career in gospel music, but would go on to influence that of his musically inclined family, especially his young daughter, Sylvia.
Often singing to her as a child, the influences of Sylvia's father would serve as a foundation upon which Sylvia would grow as an artist, taking with her the sweet melodies of such revered musicians as Sam Cook, Nat King Cole, Dakota Staten, and Billy Eckstine.
Sylvia's involvement in school and community organizations on Chicago's South Side led to her membership in the Walter H. Dyett Magnet school choir. This sparked Sylvia's interest and initiated formal vocal training under the instruction of Naomi Petty. She bettered her vocal range and maintained her involvement at Lindblom Technical High School where she graduated with the honor of "most talented."
Post-graduation, Sylvia continued her craft, singing in weddings and church productions, while participating in a young-adult choir at the Calvary Baptist Church. But, as life would have it, a series of missed connections and wrong turns left Sylvia defeated and disappointed. Sylvia thought she had somehow missed her chance at a career in gospel music.
During the 1980s, House Music dominated mainstream music. Sylvia contributed as a backup singer for many local groups, including "Rare Form" and "Kajsa." Many of her nights were spent hitting the pavement in search of her next gig or participating in open-Mic night at the Cotton Club. While pursuing her next big break, Sylvia became side-tracked by a suitor and was married in 1991. In 1997, Sylvia's marriage ended in divorce and she was again on the music scene.
Sylvia was lead to join the choir at Salem Baptist Church where she has been a member since 1997. When Sylvia had the opportunity to be a part of the music ministry in Russia, there she realized that the Lord wanted her to use HIS gift and share it with the world.
After much prayer & faith, Sylvia released her Freshman CD “Sistha Under God’s Construction” which has gained a sizable amount of recognition throughout various cities since its release in August 2008 and landed her “The Black Essence Award” in 2010. Sylvia just received the Chicago Gospel Jubilee Award for “Gospel’s Rising Star” honored by the Black Music Association of American. Sylvia is the Founder & Visionary of the Annual Hat & Glove Inspiration Breakfast, this is her outreach ministry that was establish in 2009 to motivate, uplift and inspire women to step out on faith and pursue their dreams like she did becoming a Gospel Recording Artist.
Previously Sylvia was the On-Air Personality of “The Sylvia Fedrick Gospel Show” at Clubsteppin.com & Global News Forum.com, and WYCA 102.3FM “Inspirations With Tiajuana & Sylvia”. Sylvia has appeared on TCT‘s Network show “I’m Just Saying” hosted by Pastor Dan Willis, “Next Gospel Star” hosted by Dana Divine, and has appeared on various other talk shows in the Chicago, Indiana & Michigan areas.
Sylvia's musical influences include Tramaine Hawkins, Minnie Riperton, Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Patrice Rushen & The Emotions.