Shea is an actor, singer, and producer who is currently starring in his one-man Off-Broadway show, Shea: Prince of Christmas, a unique music celebration about the joys of the Holidays, at St. Lukes Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) in New York City through December 27, 2013. Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? When I was a kid I used to watch Elvis Presley movies. I always dreamed of being able to dance and sing and be great like him.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Well, most of them have passed away. But either Tony Bennett or Smokey Robinson. I could learn something from both of those guys.
3. Your show Shea: Prince of Christmas is currently running in New York City. What made you want to create this show? When bringing a show to NYC, you are bringing it to the world. We wanted as many people as possible to get a chance to experience the holidays. It started out with wanting to perform these songs in nine different genres of music. And then we began to form a fun-loving story line. Then the media defined me as, "The Prince."
4. What are you looking forward to about having this show in New York City? The chance for as many people as possible to experience the holidays.
5. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Shea: Prince of Christmas? That they don't just have the joy in their lives during the holidays, but that the peace and love will carry with them for the rest of the year.
6. Why does Christmas mean so much to you? It's an exciting time of the year because it brings family and friends that you may have not seen in a long time together. It tends to make us reevaluate who we are as people.
6a. What are some of your favorite traditions? We would always set up a PA system in the living room and put on a house concert for all my friends and family.
7. How do you feel growing up in Louisiana shaped your love for music? It's heavily influenced my music because of the rhythms. We are a melting pot of music. It's formed my ability to adapt to different cultures of music.
8. In addition to being a performer, you are also a producer, co-producing this show and last year's The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen. What do you get from producing that you do not get from performing? Producing takes a role of more responsibilities and understanding every aspect of this business. All my years of producing on the road have prepared me to co-produce The Wizard.
9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer and producer? That this business is not easy. People that don't know the business, that look from the outside in, think it's all magic that just happens. As a performer and producer, it's my job to make that magic happen.
10. What's the best advice you've ever received? The world does not meet anyone halfway.
11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The ability to fly.
12. Favorite way to stay in shape? I do a lot of cardio and light weights. I also maintain a high protein, low fat diet all year round.
13. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.
Shea was born in Louisiana and grew up with sounds of New Orleans Jazz and Delta Blues. He started performing at the age of seven and had a starring role by the age of twelve for Commodore Cruise Line of New Orleans in their Rock and Roll Cruise Show. From there he landed a spot as a regular entertainer at the Mississippi River casinos from New Orleans to Memphis. Shea graduated from Georgia State with a degree in Business Marketing in 2004 and has studied Opera in Venice, Italy. In 2008 Shea starred in Legends Idol, a musical tribute to Elvis, which toured through 2009. His next show, The Great American Songbook Experience opened at The Hall of Fame Theatre in 2010 in Branson, Mo and ran for one year. Recently Shea began composing modern pop Christmas songs and signed with Lost Gold Records for a Christmas project. Every Day's Christmas, Broadway Gold Edition was released in 2012 with a single from that CD, "The Christmas I Met You" hitting Number One on the Cashbox AC/Easy Listening Charts and Number Three on the Christmas Singles Chart. It also reached Number Sixty-One on the "Merry Christmas Network Top 100 Christmas Songs of All Time." The song recently was voted onto the first Grammy ballot for the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Shea made his New York Debut as co-producer with his producing partner George Bugatti on The Wonderful Wizard of Song, The Music of Harold Arlen, (www.thewonderfulwizardofsong.com) created by Sam Arlen, Nigel Wright as well as George Bugatti, who is also a co-producer of Shea: Prince of Christmas.