Etta James, Led Zeppelin, Allison Krauss, Shirley Caesar, Elvis, and Spirituals all have one thing in common; Soul. These artists and genres inspire me; they inspire me because of the emotion that is woven throughout their performances. When emotion is felt, emotion is communicated. My goal as an artist is to be able to reach people through music. It is my hope that the universal language of soul and emotion come through to all who listen to my music. I remember hearing Etta James say in an interview, “I only sing music that has soul”. That always stuck with me. I can only hope that one day I am able to develop into my own with the guidance and inspiration garnered from the artists who inspire me.
Sheldon Church was one of the location sites for the Lilly B’ Photo Shoot. After I heard about it I knew I wanted to use it for a shoot. Sheldon Church has lain in ruin for more than 120 years. Its gable roof, pediment, windows, and interior have disappeared, but the classic simplicity of its design still remains. One of the first Greek-Revival structures built in the United States, Prince William’s Parish Church, erected 1745-55, was once one of the most impressive churches in the Province. During the Revolution, the Patriots are believed to have stored gun powder in it. In 1779, when the British General Augustine Prevost invaded the Lowcountry, the church was burned by a detachment which according to tradition, was commanded by the flamboyant local Tory, Andrew Deveaux. Rebuilt in 1826, the church was again burned by Sherman’s men in 1865. The ruins are nevertheless a picturesque site from which the visitor can visualize the grandeur of the pre-Revolutionary church.”–SC Department of Parks and Recreation and Tourism.
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