(WBRE/WYOU) – The eyes of the music world will be focused on Los Angeles on Sunday night for the Grammy Awards. What you may not know is that a Wayne County man is playing a key role in two of the many nominations.
Despite growing up with a stutter, Benedict Sheehan, the music director at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Wayne County, has played a key role in two nominations for this Sunday’s Grammy’s.
“I haven’t totally overcome it obviously, but I found an outlet in music and singing and also in conducting which is a way for me to speak with my arms,” Sheehan told Eyewitness News.
The two nominations include a recording by the Patram Institute singers which Sheehan helped found and a collboration with his friend, Steven Fox, with a disc to commemorate the end of World War One.
“It was great, it’s great to see that, it’s great to know that the world we’re trying to build in music is getting the recognition it deserves,” Sheehan said,
For the Sheehan family, singing has become a family affair with the children being a party of the Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
“At home we’re constantly singing, we’re constantly doing something musical. It’s never not been a part of my life. It’s a lot of fun. I always have the resources to learn more if I want to,” Miriam Sheehan said.
Sheehan and his wife, Talia, have 7 daughters, ages 2 through 17. They’re excited about the Grammy nominations, but they say he’s still just dad.
“It’s pretty crazy, I told my friends and it doesn’t feel like it’s real, like, it’s my dad,” Miriam said.
Sheehan’s music is part of the best Choral Performance category. You can watch the Grammy’s on WYOU on Sunday at 8pm.