A Little Bit About Singer Songwriter Performer, Angelle Sheridan
Going-blind Angelle Sheridan was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of nine. As she lives her life with gradually diminishing tunnel vision, night blindness and near-sightedness, Angelle has never let low vision stop her or slow her down from writing music, singing and performing. As of the year 2020, Angelle has lost approximately 82% of her field vision.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Angelle returned from Los Angeles to reconnect with the music scene in her hometown, bring her rich catalog of original compositions back to Ohio stages and studios, along with her fabulous renditions of classic songs.
Angelle's childhood offered her excellent opportunities to perform on stage in school plays, and she produced her own "pre-karaoke" style music shows, singing to the neighborhood at the summer rec center with her vinyl albums and portable record player. The Fine Arts Association of Willoughby, Ohio gave her wonderful summer stock experience, studying acting, singing, dance and set design under Gwen Yarnell.
By her teens, Angelle was performing at open mics and various live venues. One such experience landed her and musical colleague Jim Volk a feature on the front page of the entertainment section of the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1982. Angelle performed acoustically as a solo, duo and sometimes trio during her teens, and booked herself in many NEO taverns and coffeehouses before the age of eighteen.
Just after high school, Angelle performed regularly with Cleveland's own Wild Horses, a popular band from Cleveland Ohio, whose top-5 single "Funky Poodle" (Steve Jochum) garnered them airplay from coast to coast. Front man and songwriter Steve Jochum had been with Wild Horses since their inception in 1974. When he left the band in 1985, keyboard player Billy Buckholtz took over Steve's vocals, making him responsible for singing all of the band's songs. At this point Angelle had been a guest on the Wild Horses stage many times, and was a regular feature when present at a gig. One particular weekend at The Sahara Club in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, the toll of being the band's only singer was weighing heavily on Buckholtz, so he made the following challenge to Angelle:
"If you can sing the Merry Clayton part to Gimmie Shelter by The Rolling Stones on stage tonight, you're in the band, we'll start paying you, and you will sing at all the shows." This fun and successful Thursday night at Sahara Club in 1986 was followed by two-and-a-half-years of regular weekly gigging with the band and many one-and-two-tank trips. Towards the end of the 1980s, the members of Wild Horses were all invested in individual pursuits, and the band began to play less frequently. By the 1990s, only an occasional "reunion show" would make it to the stage. As of 2019, Wild Horses was still booking one or two reunion shows each year, and still creating an exciting event every where they played. The death of founding member Dennis Christopher in March of 2019 caused the band to pause booking anything beyond what was already on the calendar.
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The Muse spoke to Angelle at an early age. “Hey kids, let's put on a show!” was her childhood battle cry. For her first
“full production” she dragged her collection of Elton John songs over to the local recreation center and
sang her favorite tunes to all she could gather that day. Angelle had asked her parents to get her a guitar for Christmas,
but with a family of five, they could not afford one.
In spite of that, Angelle was soon composing her own words and melodies, collaborating with various other musicians and seeking out instrumental players to write music that fit her own songs, often borrowing guitars from her friends so she could take up the instrument on her own.
By fifteen, Angelle was making the front page of local entertainment newspapers, performing with her talented and trusted friend Jim Volk on guitar. One reporter would later publish a story with the headline “Waiting for a Nod from Lady Luck”.
Angelle's parents purchased her first guitar for her sixteenth birthday, and she began playing acoustic shows in small clubs all around her home state, later adding two, three or more musicians to her local bands, before leaving home to live in San Francisco busking as a street musician.
Angelle joined the classic rock band Wild Horses, whose Top-5 single “Funky Poodle” garnered the group national attention. She very much enjoyed her years with these veterans, playing to a wide variety of audiences, but also began recording her own acoustic material.
Next Angelle joined the group Dreamstreet, who opened for national acts, including Grand Funk Railroad and Humble Pie.
During the nineties, Angelle enrolled at the acclaimed John Carroll University, majoring in literary theory and philosophy.
She performed as Master of Ceremonies for the Ross Perot Presidential Campaign rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, which was broadcast on national television.
Since, she continues to work on various studio projects, producing and promoting a variety of events, including charity fundraisers and concerts, and still enjoys making a great show come off well, both behind the stage and on it.
Currently, Angelle lives in Los Angeles, California and is managed by Danny Sheridan of The Entertainment Organization.
Danny Sheridan, The Entertainment Organization, Los Angeles, California.