SHEA BREAUX WELLS

SHEA BREAUX WELLS

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Sonoma County based singer is dubbed "A FORMIDABLE NEWCOMER"- Town & Village. Shea brings a fresh, dusky approach to standards, originals and classic songs. "A BLIND DATE WORTH INVESTIGATING. BRAVA!" - All About Jazz "A MARVELOUSLY SEXY, SULTRY VOICE" - Collected Sounds

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Biography

Shea has a distinct style that fuses jazz with other genres such as rock and singer/songwriter. Originally from Texas, Shea came out to California for school and has been singing here ever since. In Los Angeles, she fronted an alternative rock band and then shifted her efforts over to jazz. Singing both solo and with The Little Big Band, Shea began to build both her repertoire and her appreciation for this fine art form. Shea relocated to Northern California, working on a solo EP called "Smolder" with producer Michael Rosen. After appearing in the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, she came to know its Artistic Director, Jessica Felix. Jessica's deep reach into the jazz community, both locally and nationally, has led Shea into some wonderful musical relationships. With Jessica's introduction to pianist Noam Lemish, Shea was inspired to record her 2006 release, "Piece of the Light", a full-length album of mostly original pieces, with a few covers thrown in. Featuring the legendary Robben Ford on guitar, as well as excellent jazz musicians such as Noam Lemish, David Ewell, Bill Ortiz and Alex Aspinall, "Piece of the Light" was arranged by Shea and co-produced with Oz Fritz, known for his work on Tom Waits' Grammy Award winning "Mule Variations". This album highlights Shea's songwriting skills with her win of Honorable Mention in the 2007 West Coast Songwriters Awards for the song, "Soothe Me".
In 2007, The Healdsburg Jazz Festival again exerted its influence. How's about a jazz recording with some internationally renowned musicians who would be in town for their performance at the Festival? With the 2008 release of "A Blind Date", Shea's embrace of the traditional jazz genre is strengthened. Featuring the mighty work of George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, Billy Hart on drums, Craig Handy on sax and flute, and David Weiss on trumpet, "A Blind Date" is a raw, diverse romp through standards and then some. Shea contributed an original piece called, "Dark Matters" which lends a haunting, middle-eastern feel to the album. Produced by David Weiss and engineered by Oz Fritz, "A Blind Date" is packed to the gills with electrifying performances from all the musicians. .
Working with such fine musicians has whetted Shea's appetite for even deeper musical exploration. Her present sound is evolving into a unique sound that is indicative of her years tripping the light fantastic.

Lyrics

Soothe Me

Written By: Shea Breaux Wells

Won't you please soothe...
soothe me?
Swim me through and out of this
reality

Won't you please soothe...
soothe me?
Could you be the ocean that swallows this shadow
that's following me?

Don't want to be small
or lily-white
Don't want to be clean
Just want to shine bright

Help me look through
to find the key
Give me the wings to fly me to heights
where I can see

Don't want to be caught
on a cellophane stage
Don't want to be kept
in a beautiful, gilded cage

Just want to move
Yeah, I just want to breathe
Just want to be soothed so I can remember
that I am free

Copyright © 1997/2006 shea breaux wells

Dark Matters

Written By: Shea Breaux Wells

DARK MATTERS

I AM LIKE AN ATTIC, FILLED WITH SHADOWS LONG FORGOTTEN
THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL
IS HOW THEY CALL ME IN MY DREAMS
WHEN STORMCLOUDS START TO GATHER
I AM RATHER LIKE AN OSTRICH
TOO SCARED TO STAND UP AND LOOK AT WHAT HAS SENT ME TO MY HOLE

THEY CALL TO ME WHEN I HAVE FALLEN DOWN
AND THEY’LL SWALLOW ME AND DRAG ME UNDERGROUND UNLESS I
TURN THEM ‘ROUND….

DARK MATTERS, DARK MATTERS SHEDDING LIGHT IN ALL THE CORNERS
DARK MATTERS, DARK MATTERS SHEDDING LIGHT IN ALL THE CORNERS

THE SUFFOCATION OF NOT-GOOD-ENOUGH
IS SINKING DEEP NOW
UNDER THE RUSHING WATER THAT BRINGS ME, YET ANOTHER TEST
AS RISING LIKE THE SUN ANOTHER HUNDRED THINGS TO MASTER
COME FASTER AS MY FINGERS BARELY LINGER ON THE KEY…

THEY CALL TO ME WHEN I HAVE FALLEN DOWN
AND THEY’LL SWALLOW ME AND DRAG ME UNDERGROUND UNLESS I
TURN THEM AROUND….

DARK MATTERS, DARK MATTERS SHEDDING LIGHT IN ALL THE CORNERS
DARK MATTERS, DARK MATTERS SHEDDING LIGHT IN ALL THE CORNERS
© 2007 shea breaux wells

Discography

A Blind Date - 2008
Piece of the Light - 2006
Smolder EP - 2 songs featured on MTV's Road Rules
Various jazz demos
Full length alternative rock cd with band Forrest Lawn titled "Swallow" - 1994

Set List

Typical set list for a jazz show is:
Bye Bye Blackbird
Corcovado (in Brazilian Portuguese)
Soothe Me (original song from album)
Cherokee
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Dindi
Farmer's Market
Green Dolphin Street
Nature Boy
You Don't Know What Love Is
Blue Skies
Nature Boy
It's Alright with Me
Baltimore Oriole
All Blues
'Round Midnight
Green Dolphin Street
Agua de Beber (in Brazilian Portuguese)
and many, many more!