Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus  
 

Shining Wheel Members

 

Connie Beal

Connie Beal

"When I’m not singing or mom-ing I fix cars"


I have been singing all of my life and was asked to be in the chorus as soon as I turned 21. In the midst of having my 2 beautiful children I have been a part of Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus since 2003. When I’m not singing or mom-ing I fix cars, I read everything I can get my hands on and I look for new ways to expand my knowledge. For now that includes making web pages and learning to play the guitar and bass. My musical influences have included Heart, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Ethridge, Evanescence and Martina Mcbride. My music is my truth-there is no holding back how I feel when it comes to music. Oh, and one more thing-I ROCK!!

 

Eric BohnerEric Bohner

“Better late than never.”


aka Eric of the East aka Phire Wunjo - resident clown and ham. (Okay I'm not the only one, but I am the best!)
I’ve been singing since I was a youngling in the elementary school Christmas pageant. In high school, singing in the yearly musical was one of my greatest joys. Shortly after finding Paganism I attended a Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus concert and knew that this was what I wanted to do!
Over the years since that first concert, I have attended other Shining Wheel concerts, I’ve performed with a shadow cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, I’ve done a play and a musical at a community theater, and I have even co-organized a Pagan Festival which featured Shining Wheel as the musical special guest.
Ten years after that fateful concert I have finally reached my goal! I was invited to join the Chorus.

 

Nehani Gorsira

Nahani Gorsira

"It's good to be the Queen!"

Voted most likely to take her shirt off during the recording of the first CD. Nahani has been with us since the beginning, doing the Gemini flitting in and out depending on where she was living, sometimes the hills of Tennessee, but most often in the Tampa Bay. Nahani is the bay leaf in our vocal harmonies, you aren't quite sure what she is adding but you know without her there is definitely something missing.

 

 

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

"The Spirits direct me and I take it from there....."


Michael has been writing and playing music for 3 decades from Northern California to New England and as far south as Florida. "The Spirits direct me and I take it from there....." has been his mantra and motivation both musically and spiritually. Guitar is his preferred instrument and his eclectic sense of timing makes drummers very happy.

 

Brian Morse

Brian Morse

“No, it’s still ok. I’m with the Band”


Father, artist, composer, bard
Gentle Spirit that’s occasionally hard
Piano, guitar, rhythm and voice
Musician by birth, Pagan by choice
Creator of many images and sounds
Imagination that has no bounds
Loves all the members of the Shining Wheel Band

 

 

Lori Newlove

Lori Newlove

“Disrupting personal narratives is one of my services”


I guess you had to be there…. I am the birth mother of this chaos although a bit squeamish about taking responsibility for it. Not that I get an option…that’s what I love about Wicca, no “Devils” to blame my behavior on. It’s all on me, baby. My musical influences have been Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar and Robert Plant. I have been Wiccan for 30 years and a Priestess for 20 of those (la de da-no tea and crumpets for me.) Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus has enables me to leave a happy legacy to my community in the form of awesome songs of energy dedicated to the God and Goddess (and to personal growth of course!)

 

Raine (Christina) Parr

Raine (Christina) Paar

“Iím Not Short, Iím Fun-Sized”


I am truly blessed to have been raised in a home of music-loving wannabe hippies named Jack & Diane ( NO I AM NOT KIDDING THOSE ARE REALLY MY PARENTS NAMES ) and I began my musical journey at the ripe old age of 2. I am most influenced by Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Chrissie Hynde, and Pat Benatar. I was introduced to Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus when I moved to Florida. They left a very good and lasting impression on me. (Ok let's be blunt here folks, they are kinda unforgettable and they know it *LOL*) I was asked to audition & join Shining Wheel in the Summer of 2011 and it's been a whirlwind of fun and musical excellence ever since! When I am not singing with the band I take care of my amazing husband Ron, our furkids, and work at an awesome Witch Shop! I have been a proud Pagan Witch for 22 years and I have a deep emotional connection with crystals and stones.

 

Colby Parrish

Colby Parrish

“I'm the hat rack”


I'm very excited about being a member of Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus. I've spent my life so far in and out of the performing arts. having a huge musical theater background. my influences include jason mraz, tori amos, great shows like a chorus line, hair and rent.i spend much of my time reading. my guilty pleasure being young adult super natural fiction.also i spend much time researching what this pagan path means to me.

 

Brian Seachrist

Brian Seachrist

“You Sing Now”


I have been an audio engineer for how long? 10 Years?...as well as a singer/songwriter/musician. I have extremely eclectic musical tastes, and I am influenced by everything, even sounds that aren’t music. I got to Wicca sideways, though drumming, Mickey Hart, Tom Robbins, and Robert Heinlein. I have always had a Pagan Pantheistic world-view, but didn’t know what it was called. I discovered the Tampa Bay area Pagan community in my mid/late 20’s, and after solitary tinkering for a while I finally found a home and a wonderful family of fellow freaks in Shining Wheel Coven. I get a sense of personal power from my spiritual path that doesn’t have to be “power over”, as well as moments of extreme fear which typically lead to breakthroughs, growth, and personal evolution. Sometimes I do my best growing through moments of extreme public embarrassment which also leads to transformation. As the Chorus’ musical director, one of the things I get off on is throwing new challenges at people and watching them quickly rise above and meet my expectations. This is truly a great crew.

 

Holli Tempe

Holli Tempe

“Now, If we could just get me to shut up!”


Blissfully married to the love of my life, momma to our own little Sun God, and staff to 2 feline Gods, I’ve been singing and playing music in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. Lyrically I’m influenced in some way by nearly everything, right down to my sons bubbling laughter; vocally my influences run from Etta James and Carole King through Heart and Pat Benatar and Joan Jett (and everything in between). I never had much spiritual/religious upbringing and did a lot of searching before tripping over the Pagan path I’d been walking all along. Singing with Shining Wheel is a laid back but bliss-inspiring experience, perfect for finding the God and Goddess within and Giving them voice…(they don’t call me the Goddess of Communication for nothing!)