Meet Shallece

1. What drew you to United?
From my very first interview, United presented itself as a warm and open-minded environment. This non-judgmental and non-creedal setting allows people to follow their faith, as they see it, while including a community to support personal growth, faith, and family. These ideals, supported with a wonderful staff and congregation is what drew me to United. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of this community and making beautiful music together. 

2. What other faith traditions have you encountered in your life?
Surprisingly, I was raised Mormon. While, I no longer practice Mormonism, my personal experience, as a child, was wonderful. They place high value on family, which is what I remember most about my time in the LDS Church. As I became an adult, I began having issues with some of their principles and teachings, which is why I became inactive. I often find myself defending the church, because I think it is greatly misunderstood. Nevertheless, I have a very strong faith and am still discovering my relationship with religion and God. 

3. Who is your hero and why?
My mom. She has the most beautiful soul I have ever met. Her intentions are always good, her faith never falters, and she loves so deeply and unconditionally, it amazes me. I can only hope to emulate the love she displays not only to her family, but to everyone she comes in contact with. She makes any and all sacrifices for the ones she loves, and she is strong through the toughest of times. 

4. What was your childhood dream job?
As a small child, I wanted to be an astronaut. I was always fascinated with space. That changed as I became a young adult, which is when I fell in love with music. 

5. If a movie was made about your life, what actor would play you?
Melissa McCarthy. No question. She is my soul-sister! Our humor is exactly the same, and I know she could capture my personality.

6. What is the one thing about life that has surprised you the most?
The saying, "If you put your mind to it, you can achieve it,"  is true! My mom always use to tell me this, encouraging me to follow my dreams. For a while as an adult, I doubted this, but in the past 4 years I proved myself wrong. Now, I truly believe that if you put in the work, persistence, and passion, you can do anything you put your mind to!