Sherdonna is an American Singer-Songwriter who integrates thought-provoking lyrics with a rich, soulful, folk sound. Originally a classically-trained clarinetist, Sherdonna has a broad range of musical influences. Her writing is honest and without pretense, weaving together beautiful melodies and textures. Her voice is pure and soothing.
As a young instrumentalist, she was drawn in to the folk melodies of British composers such as Gerald Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams. She also possessed a great love for the symphony, chamber music, and church hymns. Sherdonna began writing her own songs in college when a friend gifted her with a guitar, and she continued writing as life brought about unexpected changes and dry seasons.
Her first album, Ordinary Realities, was recorded in 2012, after she spent 10 years with her musical abilities put on the shelf. She got married after college, started a family, and quickly found herself under water with sleepless nights, screaming babies, and dirty diapers. Sherdonna had to repurpose her musical training for the sake of being creative, and found that song writing was an outlet she could take with her anywhere. Ordinary Realities was written as she was trying to figure out how to be a creative person while living an ordinary life.
In 2013 she recorded a 5 song EP of original Christmas songs called, He Has Come To Reign. Since many people gave of their time and talent to make that project possible, it is continually offered as a free download along with sheet music.
Her second full length album, In The Morning, was recorded over a year and a half as she continued to process her own story and the joys and sorrows of the human experience. Her writing dug a little deeper and portrays a stark honesty while grasping for light and hope.
Her latest album, Beyond The Veil, is a collection of 10 original hymns and spiritual songs that give voice to the cry for light to illumine our darkness. Sherdonna funded this project through a successful CrowdFunding campaign with the hope that these songs would be used by churches to enrich their services.
Whether performing in a theater, coffee shop, home, or a church, Sherdonna is consistent as a songwriter and a performer, bringing honesty and vulnerability to each unique setting. She has performed as a guest artist for the “Notes From Home” series at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, and has served as music director in various church settings. Her music has been featured multiple times on Women of Substance radio and their #1 Podcast, and also Under The Radar Media.
Sherdonna continues to write, perform, and share her music with anyone willing to listen. She resides in St. Louis with her husband, Todd, and their three sons.