A singing care practitioner with “the voice of angel” who wowed opera superstar Bryn Terfel with her talent is in demand.
Local MP Ian Lucas asked Sheena Miranda, 28, who works at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham to perform at the town’s Street Festival in Queen’s Square.
Mr Lucas heard Sheena’s crystal clear soprano voice at the town’s Vic recording studio.
Back in 2003, she landed a 50,000 Peso prize – around £850 – in a televised show called Search for a Star in her native Philippines.
According to Sheena, she turned down the offer of a recording contract to study marketing at De La Salle University in Manila.
She now works at Bodlondeb, Pendine Park’s centre of excellence for dementia care.
Sheena sang for bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and former royal harpist Hannah Stone when they visited Pendine Park last year.
She said: “I came to Wales in 2012 and married my husband Steven Joseph Miranda.”
“I enjoy working at Bodlondeb and singing for residents when I can. I’d like to perform professionally and on my days off I go to Vic Studios in Wrexham. I’ve written a lot of my own songs and I’m recording them.
“I write the lyrics and a guy called Mike Harmina composes the music for me. I do one to two hour sessions at the studios each week to rehearse and record my songs.”
“I’m also doing my Level 8 London College of Music exam, which I am doing through North Wales Music Tuition. When I get proper certification I’d like to further my performing skills.”
“I was thrilled when I got an e-mail of Ian Lucas asking me to sing.
She added: “I just really enjoy singing and performing, especially songs from the musicals. I sang Habanera from Carmen for Bryn Terfel when he came to Bodlondeb. He really clapped me and told me I had done a brilliant job. Naturally I was thrilled.”
Mr Lucas said: “I’ve been working to help organise the entertainment for Wrexham’s street festivals for many months and have been asking singers, bands and performers from around the area to take part.
“I was delighted when Sheena said she could sing at this month’s festival.”
Bodlondeb manager Ann Chapman: “Sheena has the voice of an angel.
“She sings beautifully and residents really enjoy listening to her. She certainly impressed Bryn Terfel. I’m so pleased Ian Lucas MP asked her to sing at the street festival.
“As well as having a wonderful voice, Sheena is also an amazing care practitioner.
“Residents and relatives really appreciate the way she provides first class care and she’s certainly a popular member of the Bodlondeb care team.
“Should her singing career take-off and she ends up on the West End stage we’d certainly miss here at Bodlondeb!”