Shylanda “Shy” Pam/ Etta James
is a Louisiana native and resident of Slidell, La. She is a graduate of Mandeville High School and as a senior, was cast as an Ugly Step-sister in Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”. She is a Graduate of General Studies with a concentration in Biology from Delgado Community College. With over 20 years of choral/vocal experience, music and performing are her first loves! Shylanda was a background vocalist for local gospel artist, Lawne Phillips and has shared the stage with other gospel artists such as Tana Doughty and the legendary Stellar Award winner, Rance Allen. She also took a stab at the America’s favorite singing competition, “American Idol” in 2009. “Hair” The Musical, was her first Cutting Edge Production being cast as Tribe member Emmaretta and the comedic and memorable, Abraham Lincoln. Shy was cast as the great Sofia in Cutting Edge Theater’s, Multiple Award Winning “The Color Purple” The Musical. She has currently been cast as the late, great Etta James and feels this is a huge honor. Shy is truly appreciative of her family for their tremendous sacrifice and support for her. She is forever indebted to them! She looks forward to an even brighter future in the performing arts and with Cutting Edge Theater!!