Sharleena Ray is the leading lady of The Swinghoppers and provides a sweet and soulful contrast to the boys’ more aggressive styles.
Named after a Frank Zappa song, Sharleena is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has more than lived up to her namesake. Immersing herself in the array of influences of her hometown of London, Sharleena has lent her vocals to classic big bands and jazz ensembles, electronic DJ production teams, traditional Folk, Country and Blues groups, and even Cuban Hip-Hop and Nigerian ‘Yorubeat’ bands.
With a foremost love of Gospel music and harmony, she has also shared stages as a choir member for high-profile names such as Bobby McFerrin, Alice Russell and ESKA (Eska Mtungwazi). More recently, she became a choir ma’am herself, founding Bristol’s Voices From The Rave Choir for whom she was Music Director, arranger and leader.