RACINE — Local artist Sheila Arnold will be singing at the Party in the Park Festival at Star Mill Park from 7 to 8 p.m. on September 6 as a part of the gospel night program.
Arnold, who has been singing gospel music for many years, first in a group, and then as a soloist, recently released a new CD called “I’m Livin’ the Good Life.” An earlier recording “Forever Yours” was on the Country Gospel Radio charts for four consecutive months last year. In August 2011 she won her second songwriting award in the Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) in Kentucky and then went on to win the international songwriting award in Branson, Mo. in October.
She was recently nominated for Retro Artist of the Year in the Artists Music Guild and will be attending the award ceremonies at Heritage USA in South Carolina in November. Arnold said she was surprised to be on the list of nominees which included such artists as Dottie Rambo, Barbara Mandrel, Pat Boone and Terri Gibbs, as well as the Cathedral Quartet and The Platters. “What an honor for me just to be on that list with such great artists,” she commented.
In October she will be returning to Branson, Mo. to sing for the CGMA award ceremonies. She will be there a week singing with a praise and worship team.
Arnold, who writes music and plays guitar as well as sings, became a member of the CGMA in 1998.
She markets her own CDs and can be booked for local performances at 740-416-2131.
Arnold says she remains “true to gospel” in her singing career.