Leah grew up loving the Lord in the small high desert town of Hesperia, California. But as a little girl she was more than a handful for her parents. One day, Lee and Cheryl Dale thought their daughter was playing the radio too loud. After several attempts to get her turn it down, they opened her bedroom
door to discover their 9 year old daughter belting out difficult tunes by Barbra Streisand and Dusty Springfield. Her grade school teachers put her talent to the test by casting her in the 4th grade lead role of "Annie." In High School, she was chosen as "Best Alto" for the California All-State Choir
. Leah was quickly snapped up to tour internationally as a main soloist of "The Young Americans."
However, in her pursuit to "make it big" as a recording artist, there were 19 different jobs and some dangerously poor decisions. If requested, Leah will share her gut wrenching missteps (and more importantly her redemption!) with your congregation. Today
, she has a heart for inspiring young girls who struggle with their choices - and for women who mistakenly focus on outward beauty as a consuming goal. Leah has been a leader in Saddleback's "Life's Healing Choices" and is the co-founder of the all female concert group, whose mission is to bring hope and purpose to emotionally and physically abused women. She is always in search of Godly, talented women who can SING, WRITE and are willing to share their personal story.
And you know what, along the way she actually did "make it." Leah has just recorded her fourth album. She was a concert Headliner as a member of "Six Chix." She was a 3-time winner on PAX-TV's "Destination Stardom" and was a regularly featured house singer on NBC's "The Singing Bee". But it is her love and dedication to The Lord that your congregation will find inspiring and uplifting.
LEAH"S HEART FOR ADOPTION
In 2005, Leah and her husband Ross found out they were unable to conceive a child. But God had other plans. In 2006, the Shafer's adopted LaurenRae, at birth. In fact, Leah cut the cord and now little "Lolo" is a young woman-on-fire in training.
When requested, Leah's adoption story can be projected on your big screen. It is a very moving, motivational video testimony. Many young women change their mind about open adoption after seeing this beautifully produced profile about trusting God's timing.