She is a mighty woman of God who is walking boldly and firmly in His blessings and favor. She knows who she is and whom she belongs to. Her faith an unwavering commitment to her saviour is obvious and equally evident with everything that she does. Plain and simply said, Sheleta Mason is a child of the king who loves the Lord.
As the next to the oldest of seven children, Mason states that there was never a dull moment in the Milton household growing up. She is a child of a minister, and quite understandably there were standards that were set that helped to shape and mold her. “They put God first, they overcome, they work hard and encourage us to go after our dreams. Because of this, I am passionate about everything I put my mind to do,” she says.
When Sheleta is not tending to her duties as a wife to whom she describes as the most wonderful and supportive husband, she works as a professional hairstylist. These two obligations alone requires a certain level of devotion and love. Still she finds time to satisfy another passion that has always burned within her soul, and that is singing the gospel of God.
“I love all types of music and try to incorporate something for everyone. I love jazzy heartfelt music that moves the soul. I want people to feel my heart when I sing. My music provides an experience for the listener. Every word and every melody is inspired by my own personal relationship with God,” she says. Sheleta remains humble and knows that she has not even began to tap into the fullness of being an artist, though it is hard to think that she hasn’t as she gracefully wooed the hearts and ears of her fans with her first project, Heart of A Believer that was released in 2015.
Every song is based on the word of God and created to encourage the believer. Mason says the vision of Heart Of A Believer is that she is a believer and as a believer, I go through tests and trails so she wanted to be transparent and share her heart from a believers perspective. “Even though we go through, God is always there to see us through. When trials come your way, will you just give up or give in to them or will you stand on the word of God and praise Him through your circumstances. I choose to praise regardless of what it looks like.”
As an artist she is able to express herself in her very own way, and on her terms. She is able to share her testimony with the world and joyously bless others with the love God has placed in her. Since her first project, she is full of expectancy. Her faith has gotten much bigger and stronger, and she declares that without a doubt in her mind, there is nothing God can’t do.
Mason began writing music around the age of 11, though she has been singing all of her life. She ventured out as a solo artist three years ago but says being a solo artist was not her first intentions. “I am a behind the scenes type of person but my parents encouraged me to do a solo project. One day I was working at the salon and my mom called me to the back and told me that I was sitting on my gift. She then asked me what was I going to do about it. I didn’t know but she said what ever you do God will bless it,” she says. That was about four years ago.
Mason procrastinated until she wrote her first single in 2014 titled ‘I Shall Not Be Moved’. That song she says is very dear to her because it’s actually a conversation that she had with the Lord in her time of need. “I wrote it and my mom said well what are you going to do next. I was going to just add it to my collection of over 200 songs that I have written throughout the years, but this felt different. I called my producer and I ended up with ‘Heart Of A Believer’. Every song, every word, and even the title came from God and it was all in His perfect timing,” she says.
As an independent artist, she continues to work towards getting her product out to the masses and walk into opened doors and learn from the closed ones. “It will come. I just have to keep on pushing forward,” she says.
Life comes with many challenges. Mason would love more than anything to be a mother. Mason and her husband were pregnant back in 2006 but unfortunately she had a miscarriage. “The doctors say one thing but I trust God with my whole heart and I believe the report of the Lord,” says Mason.
In Psalms 37:4 KJV he tells us to Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. In Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
“Infertility is the mountain. I am speaking to it and saying with my mouth what I want to see and I believe that I receive therefore I shall have,” she says.
Infertility has been a major challenge for Mason. Frustrations have kicked in along with hurt, anger, fear, doubt, confusion and all of that stems from the enemy but she has refused to let the devil steal her joy. She has refused to live her life as a defeated Christian. “I am everything that God says I am,” says Mason. “His word confirms that I’m the rightouesness of God. His word confirms that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am grateful for every opportunity presented.”