Born in Philadelphia, Sheila shot to fame as the lead singer for the smash hit girl group The Three Degrees in the 1970s with over 17 chart topping hits including When Will I See You Again?, Take Good Care of Yourself and A Woman in Love.
Her career has seen her travel all over the world and has taken her from the Harlem Apollo to the Royal Command Performance and from the top of the charts to the big screen. Screen appearances by The Three Degrees included a number of classic movies and TV shows such as Sandford and Son, and the Oscar winning The French Connection. When the group went their separate ways Sheila’s career continued both as an actress and singer. Her recording career continues with her solo album New Kind of Medicine. Sheila is also the author of Soul Food, a definitive history with recipes of black American cuisine and culture.
She has appeared in many UK TV shows including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Loose Women, Pointless Celebrities, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Tipping Point Lucky Stars, Murder at the Manor and, for the Queen’s Jubilee year, A Royal History of Pop. For the award-winning BBC documentary, The Real Marigold Hotel she has travelled the world sampling the cultures of some fascinating countries. Her musical theatre credits include Fame, Daddy Cool, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Soul Train, Oh What a Night! And Respect La Diva.
She has toured the UK in David Gest’s Legends of Soul and was thrilled to sing Acid Queen in The Who Hits 50 charity gala. She has also enjoyed panto seasons in some of Britain’s finest theatres including Nottingham Theatre Royal, Windsor Theatre Royal, Norwich Theatre Royal and the Derngate Northampton.