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Shanka La-Verne Pettis is a national recording classical recitalist, vocal coach and vocal producer. Shanka, a native of Gastonia, began studying music from the late Frances Shafter of Charlotte when she was seventeen. She continued her studies earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  She furthered her education for a Master’s in Performing Arts.

Shanka performs a variety of music genre including classical, jazz, soul, gospel, and selections from Broadway musicals. Shanka’s dedication to music and performance is evident as she gives her all to please her audience.

Shanka is also the author of the book Beautifully Redeemed. It is a journey through the many stages of love. From the infancy of infatuation and butterflies to the ugliness of contempt, jealously, pride, and selfishness; and finally to restoration through prayer, forgiveness, humility, and selflessness to display the perfect power of unconditional love.

Learn more about Shanka and her story, here.