Shaina is a choral musician living in Durham, NC.
This is Shaina, 12″ x 24” watercolor and ink on 156lb arches watercolor paper, 2020.
This pandemic has shifted all things in my life, but one thing that remains is music. I have been very fortunate to be one of only a few people who were able to continue singing and recording music for our church’s virtual services when everything shut down.
Music has always been one of my greatest joys and has been even more important to me this year as it has kept my spirit and my faith strong through difficult times. I am also able to create this music with those who are near and dear to my heart.
Though we may be six feet apart, music has kept us together. In this photo I am singing for a homecoming service we are recording. We haven’t been able to have the whole choir back, and probably won’t be able to for a long time. I’m grateful I get to be a singer for the praise team and still make a joyful noise to help others feel connected during this time.Shaina Riley, Durham, NC