L'Tanya Sugarlips Shields
“Sugarlips”, as L’Tanya is called by friends, family & those who have had the good fortune to hear her melodious voice. A native New Yorker whose singing credentials span from choir concerts, private parties to national competitions to international tours, Sugarlips 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, you know that Sugarlips’ talent is a gift from God.
Since relocating to Atlanta, Sugarlips 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 Sugarlips’ harmonious voice, joined Sir Elton on his US & European tours to promote the “Peachtree Road” cd project. As a soloist with Voice of Atlanta (VOA) choir and now the leader of her own R&B and jazz band & the featured vocalist with Mudbone Turner’s blues band, you may hear Sugarlips’ voice anywhere.