• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

Sheila Walsh began her career as a contemporary Christian singer after finishing college with studies in theology from London Bible College (now London School of Theology) in 1979 and music from the London Academy of Operatic Art.

Walsh worked as an evangelist with the British chapter of Youth For Christ and sang with a group known as “The Oasis” until going solo in 1981. She also worked closely at this time with keyboard player Chris Rolinson, who contributed extensively to the unique sound on her first “new wave” style album, Future Eyes. He also toured with her on her first United States tour, where she opened for Phil Keaggy. As Walsh enjoyed some success both in the United Kingdom and America as a CCM musician, she was asked by minister Pat Robertson to serve as a co-host of his television talk-show, The 700 Club in 1987. Walsh served in this capacity into 1992 and also hosted her own talk-show, Heart to Heart with Sheila Walsh.

Ideological differences with Pat Robertson and general feelings of depression brought Walsh to re-examine her life’s direction. After leaving Pat Robertson’s enterprises in 1992 she sought therapy for her depression, eventually returning to college at Fuller Theological Seminary in California to take on doctoral studies in theology. Pat Robertson explained her departure from CBN as the result of a “nervous breakdown” brought on by the tremendous demands of her work with CBN. He asked his viewers to keep her in their prayers and ask God to give her the strength to continue doing His work.

She went on to write a book exploring her struggle with depression and her experiences with her faith as a Christian, entitled Honestly. While Walsh had written several books on theology before, this autobiography would become the wellspring of her later work on personal aspects of faith and would set the tone for her introspective, personal, but evangelical approach to affairs of modern theology.

Over the course of the latter 1990s, Walsh’s work has concerned women’s issues within the church and the unique relationship of the contemporary woman with God. She has written over seventeen books including Honestly, Living Fearlessly, and Life is Tough, but God is Faithful. She has also written several books for children recently. She also has continued her musical career as a songwriter and singer and has recorded several albums of new Christian music and traditional hymns arranged to a Celtic sound.

In 2005, Walsh partnered with Tommy Nelson publishers to create a line of children’s books and DVDs called Gigi, God’s Little Princess TM. The brand has become the #1 Christian Girl’s brand and continues to be popular and releases new products.

Walsh, with her family, is now an active attendee of Prestonwood Baptist Church, in Plano, Texas.

As of 2007, Walsh has appeared on many TV programs such as: Life Today, Hour of Power and The Rock Gospel Show (BBC) among many others. She was a member of the team “Women of Faith” on the second season of The American Bible Challenge on GSN.

Selected Discography

Don´t Hide Your Heart

Sparrow Records 1985

Tracks: Don’t Hide Your Heart, Under The Gun, Jesus Call Your Lambs, Alpha Omega, You’ll Never Be The Same, Light Across The World, We’re All One, It’s All For You, Not Guilty & Thief In The Night.

Musicians on the Don’t Hide Your Heart album: Sheila Walsh, Rick Fenn, Michael Landau, Phil Manzanera, Abraham Laboriel, Andy Pask, Michael Omartian, Craig Pruess, Graham Jarvis, Paul Leim, Dave Mattacks, Mel Collins, Gary Herbig, Trevor Smith, Kin Bassey, Joe Chemay, Chris Eaton, London Community Gospel Choir, Annie McCaig, Cliff Richard, Mo Turner, Terry Williams & Mark Williamson.

Triumph In The Air

Sparrow Records 1984

Tracks: Triumph In The Air, Don’t Turn Your Back On Jesus, Deeper Meaning, Stealin’ The Feeling, Surrendering, Somebody, No Alibi, Growing Up To Be A Child, Golden Rule & Children Of The King.

Musicians on the Triumph In The Air album: Sheila Walsh, Rick Fenn, Craig Pruess, Graham Jarvis, Mel Collins, Chris Eaton, Annie McCaig, Cliff Richard, Mo Turner & Mark Williamson.

War Of Love

Sparrow Records 1983

Tracks: Turn Turn Turn, Mystery, Sunset Skies, Private Life, Yes He Lives, Fooled By A Feelin’, Star Song, Sleepwalking, Lonely When The Lights Go On & Fighter.

Musicians on the War Of Love album: Sheila Walsh, John Clark, Clem Clemson, Mart Jenner, Craig Pruess, Graham Jarvis, Mel Collins, Sammy Brown, Vicki Brown & Cliff Richard.

Future Eyes

Sparrow Records 1982

Tracks: Here With Me, Burn On, Love In My Life, Eyes Of A Different Kind, You’re So Important To Me, Future Eyes, Fear Of Silence, Back Into The Old Routine & Mona Lisa.

Musicians on the Future Eyes album: Sheila Walsh, Norman Barratt, Pete Brooks, Dave Kasak, Rob Marshall, Colin Vallance, Mark Williamson, Dave Morris, Chris Rolinson, Dave Charles, Ray Goudie & Sara Finch, Larry Norman.

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