Sheilani Alix received formal musical training from the age of 5, studying classical piano with the Vallejo Conservatory of Music under the Music Teachers Association of California. Her jazz influence stems from her mother constantly playing records by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others since she was a little girl.
As years passed, other influences included Dinah Washington, Lalah Hathaway, and Eva Cassidy. Sheilani currently performs as a vocalist with her two main groups, and has also performed with other local artists trios, including those of Dan Damon and Kurt Ribak. She can found singing with them at numerous private events and venues around the Bay Area including The Miramar at Half Moon Bay, Cafe Royale, Armando’s, Berkeley Hillside Club, Bella Vino, The Boom Boom Room, Shanghai 1930 and Yoshi’s.
Aside from singing with her group, she also records original music and has performed with other Bay Area singer/songwriters including the Contra Costa Songwriters Project and the vocal/guitar quartet, The MadHatters, at a list of venues including the Bazaar Cafe, the Coast Cafe, Ashkenaz, and the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts.