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Social worker finds solace in music
From the heart:
Earlville, Illinois native
By Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief
Shelley (England) Moses grew up
singing, usually in church with her
twin sister Shirley and their mother,
Alice in her Earlville hometown.
Singing around the house
and in church
for the self-described
of tragedies and
joys as she focused
on raising her own
family, and singing
was still something
to do at home.
“Life took a sad
turn again about 10
years ago,” Shelley
said. “Both my husband
passed away from cancer.”
She went back to school to
become a social worker, and then
was introduced to Corey Moses. He
heard her singing and was inspired
to dust off his guitar and join her.
Shelley said Corey used to play in
a band during high school, but he
put the guitar down to help take care
of his parents.
Shelley then let Corey talk her into
performing at a coffee shop. Corey
said the name of their duo is actually
Shelley’s middle name. He said it just
seemed to suit their music.
“When I got up there, I looked at
Corey and just performed,” she said.
“I’m so comfortable up there now as
long as Corey’s
as one of the
to catch up
Through Facebook, her
friends and family also keep track of
what has become a budding musical
career as well.
As half of the duo
“Walenia” with her husband, they
are releasing their third album on
Shelley is more comfortable singing
in public now, and Walenia
has been well-received both in the
Lebanon area and in her hometown.
But she doesn’t have any illusions of
turning it into a full-time career.
“I have a pretty stressful job, so
(music) is how I unwind,” she said.
“I still have to keep my day job.”
- Mendota Tribune (IL)