So reads the favorite scripture of Dallas, Texas native and Worship Leader, Shanandolan Ward. That sacred promise has carried the singer-songwriter from her beginnings at the age of three. When inspired by watching her mother perform, she began to develop her vocal acuity, to her developmental training at the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and on to her training at Cedar Valley College, where she earned a degree in Commercial Music Performance. It was at Dallas Christian College where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Worship Arts Music Ministry.
From good, old-fashioned “take-me-to-the-water” hymns, to contemporary, R&B-flavored, jazz-influenced gospel, Shanandolan has blessed audiences on stages from Dallas to D.C. While staying true to her personal goal to magnify the Kingdom of God through music and teaching, she has performed alongside many of music’s legends, including: Josh Groban, Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Wayman Tisdale and others. Shanandolan was included in the top 200 finalists of the 7th season of American Idol and was in the top 20 on season 4 of BET’s Kirk Franklin- hosted Gospel competition, Sunday’s Best. Shanandolan counts her husband, son and daughter as her biggest inspirations, and the fulfilment of the promises of hope and a future. With all she has accomplished, she continues to follow her personal mission of “Eternally Worshipping God/Forever Worshipping God Daily”, by serving as Worship Leader at Compass Christian Church- Colleyville. She enjoys writing in her prayer journal, spending time with her family and practicing and writing songs.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11