meet our talent
director of music ministries
Singer-Songwriter | Composer | Recording Artist
Dylan is an energetic and versatile musician who specializes in the Pop-R&B and Gospel genres. He has released demos of original secular and religious music and is currently working on a long roster of forthcoming projects, including concerts and showcases. A finalist in the Voice Your Inspiration contest in 2018, a nominee for “Contemporary Male Artist of the Year” for the Kindred Awards of 2018, a contestant in McDonald’s Gospelfest in 2019, a participant in the Soulfest in 2018 and 2019, and a composer pursuing publication of an arsenal of liturgical and religious works, Dylan is as active in the gospel music industry at large as he is in the grassroots ministry of gospel music at SFDS.
You can further check out his projects online by using the hashtag #DylanAndTheMusic all over social media.
JAMAAL CLARK TURPIN
Broadway Singer | Performer
Jamaal Clark Turpin, a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, has travelled all over North America and Europe with many musicals and operas throughout his artistic career. His current focus is developing new musical projects here in NYC.
As a child, Jamal joined his church youth choir and picked up the the alto sax in the school band that same year—thus began his obsession with music. Fast forward to now, when Jamaal counts serving as a Worship Leader at St. Francis de Sales as one of his favorite opportunities to date—especially because he gets the opportunity to worship with our amazing parish every week!
Singer | Actor | Teaching Artist
Shaleah Adkisson is a singer, actress and teaching artist living in New York City. She’s been seen on Broadway and on tour in Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical and off-Broadway in Rent, as well as in regional productions including Clybourne Park, Avenue Q, The Hot Mikado, Beehive: The 60's Musical, Ain't Misbehavin, Grease, Nunsense, and Children of Eden.
When not working in the theatre, Shaleah works as an administrator and teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, an organization of freelance musicians catering to school districts in upstate New York. Additionally, she performs in NYC and on tour with Soul Picnic Productions (Back to the Garden and August 1969: A Tribute to the Women of Woodstock).