You will feel many emotions...through her music, Nancy focuses on how God can help you with any spiritual needs you may have. Nancy's style of music is unique: using her talents in classical and popular styles, she merges her vocal, guitar, piano, songwriting, and conducting talents into her music ministry. With an emphasis on audience participation, Nancy includes praise and worship melodies, as well as traditional and favorite hymns in her concerts. Her concerts appeal to all ages.
Nancy's interest in music began in her church, when as a youngster, she wrote and performed her original songs for worship services. At age 13, Nancy toured eight European countries with the Monmouth Conservatory Youth Chorus. A major highlight, was singing for the mayor of Vienna. With her unique talents vocally and instrumentally, she pursued a career in music, graduating from college, and continuing her studies in New York and Rome, Italy. Her performance credits took her to many places, such as, the Rome Opera and Music Festival, Italy, Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, Off-Broadway, St. John The Divine, New York, and St. Paul's Chapel, New York.
Nancy experienced a spiritual turning point in her life, when she attended a Christian Artist Conference at the CBN/700 Club in Virginia. She felt inspired to use her musical gifts for the glory of God, and use her training and experience for the church. Soon afterward, she recorded her own original contemporary Christian CD, entitled, "Open Heart." When she returned to the CBN event, her song, "Step Into The Light" won recognition by recording professionals from top record labels, such as Word and Sparrow. Her CD, "Covenant Love", has also been recognized and played on many radio stations.
Nancy has performed onstage with renowned Christian artists, such as, Twila Paris, in selections from the"Young New Messiah" at Estes Park, Colorado, conducted by Ralph Carmichael. She has also performed at the Summer Winds Crusade, along with noted artists, Crystal Lewis and The Kry, in Ocean Grove, NJ. Early in her Christian music career, Nancy's music was awarded and recognized by The Gospel Music Association and the Philadelphia Academy of Gospel Music Arts.
She performed for the historical Jerusalem 3000 Gospel Music Celebration in Israel. Performances were held in spectacular sights, such as, The Second Century Citadel of David, the 8000 Seat OutdoorSultan's Pool Amphitheater, and the Amphitheater at Caesarea. Nancy sang onstage with top Christian artists, such as, Sandi Patty, Wayne Watson, Kathy Troccoli, Steve Green, and Phil Driscoll, for this momentous event. In Hawaii, Nancy toured Honolulu, Mililani, and Kehei. Nancy has also shared her music ministry at the Church of St. Anne’s and St. Agnes in London, and the United Church in Winchester, England. She also toured South Africa, sharing her music with St. Peter’s by the Lake Lutheran Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Family Harvest Church, all in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In April of 2009, Nancy toured Perth, Australia, giving concerts, leading worship services & youth workshops, working with children, and giving concerts at nursing home facilities. Her radio interview with John Donoghue, of 98.5, Sonshine, FM, one of Perth’s largest radio stations, was heard throughout Western Australia. You can hear this special interview on Nancy's web site. www.nancyscharff.com/australiaradiointerview.cfm
Nancy continues to tour nationally and internationally, traveling to churches of all denominations and non-denominations. Nancy's music ministry is a reflection of her own personal spiritual journey. She is dedicated to reaching churched and unchurched audiences, as well as our young people.
Nancy is the Music Director and Worship Leader at her local church, King of Kings Lutheran Church, in Middletown, NJ. She continues to offer her music ministry at local venues, such as The Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, NJ, and Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ. Her annual Christmas Concert at Count Basie Theatre offers the community an opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas, as well as raise funds for local charities. Count BasieTheatre has an exciting and eclectic roster of performers, who have included Bruce Springsteen, Anne Murray, Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers, The Vienna Boys Choir, Emmylou Harris, Three Irish Tenors, and Judy Collins.