We had the good fortune of connecting with Dréa Sheva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dréa, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think the arts chose me! It seems I was destined to be a performer. When I wake up music is on my mind. When I’m driving lyrics flood my head. When I lay down for bed I hear symphonies.
I’ve been dancing and singing since I was a toddler. Growing up, I was a part of countless performance groups in dance, choir and musical theatre. I danced with my grandmother at her dance school and eventually stepped into the director role.
Music is in my soul and it connects me to my feelings. When I sing I am alive. I have had many opportunities in my life to know pain, both physical and emotional. Music finds its way into my darkest places and brings light, love, and understanding. Music offers me a way to connect and express myself.
Music is magic and I’m an instrument. My body resonates and my voice sings out like a siren. My heart vibrates out through my vocal box; my energy exploding into the space around me, out into the atmosphere. Singing makes me feel powerful and strong. Following a career in the arts means I’m living my true passion. It is my gift to myself. It makes me feel better than just about everything else in this world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve got big hair and a big voice! I have a dynamic powerhouse voice and earthy, wild child vibe. Guided by my passion for self discovery and connection through song, I sing an eclectic mix of soulful original songs and reimagined covers.
An Orange County native, I attended OCSA and danced with several dance companies and theater groups. My first vocal feature on a music album came at age 11. I’ve been writing poems and lyrics for as long as I can remember, then finally I picked up the guitar and wrote my first song when I was 18.
Growing up I experienced divorce, drug addiction, abuse, and mental illness and had many opportunities to know pain. I struggle with autoimmune issues, causing debilitating physical pain. These experiences add to my depth and expand my emotional capacity. Without them I would not know love, joy, beauty, or strength in the ways that I do. I am humbly grateful for the lessons I have learned. I write songs about them and turn them into my medicine.
I am excited to continue on my artistic journey. Next up, producing my first album and officially releasing my music to the world. I am currently performing weekly at local restaurants, bars and events in the OC and LA area. I am enjoying growing and developing as an artist and look forward to sharing my art and connecting with our community.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Morning hike in Laguna Canyon Cup of coffee at Koffee Klutch in Laguna then walk the beach
Riviera beach San Clemente – never too crowded
Lunch at RJs Cafe, Dana Point
Dinner at Orange Hill, Orange
Shopping at Fashion Young, Huntington Beach
San Juan Capistrano – Mission and Shops/Restaurants around the train tacks
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to the love of my life, my fiancé Bryce. He supports me in all of my artistic endeavors and offers me compassion, stability and encouragement. He holds space for me and makes me feel safe. He is authentic and genuine and that shows through in his business. Bryce wears many hats, a realtor, Director at a construction company, and my manager/sound/crew. This world needs more people like him.
Other: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dreasheva Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3AyfhpXOHVPWlzT1ZG5LLu