Twins enjoy sharing musical talents

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 1, 2000

Musical twins Shaneshia and Demeshia Harris use their talent to share the love of God with churches all over the Natchez area.

Shaneshia plays the piano or organ at services for eight different churches. She also directs some of the choirs and sings.

Her sister Demeshia sings in the choirs and assists with the directing.

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&uot;It’s a job that I do for God,&uot; Shaneshia said.

The 17-year-old Natchez High School seniors spend every Sunday traveling to churches in Natchez and Woodville.

&uot;I enjoy the songs, the singing, and I really enjoy (Shaneshia’s) music,&uot; Demeshia said. &uot;It’s very spiritual to me – the way she plays.&uot;

The girls also sing in a school choir and for the Ford Family Choir. Their favorite type of music is gospel.

&uot;(The songs) give a positive message,&uot; Shaneshia said.

Greater New Zion Baptist Church on Oak Street was the first church to hire Shaneshia as its musician when she was about 13 years old.

Other churches followed later.

&uot;I enjoy just giving praise to God,&uot; Shaneshia said.

The twins, who are members of Smithland Baptist Church, go to New Zion on the third Sunday of each month. They also visit all the other churches on a set schedule.

&uot;I really enjoy them all,&uot; Shaneshia said. &uot;I really can’t pick the one I like the best.&uot;

Shaneshia said she looks to God for help in her work.

&uot;It’s like God works through me,&uot; Shaneshia said. &uot;He gives me the songs that I should play at the services.&uot;

Shaneshia received her training from Natchez musician Alvin Shelby.

&uot;He’s a good teacher, and I recommend him to anyone,&uot;&160;she said. &uot;He’s my role model.&uot;

The twins are the daughters of the Rev. W.D. Harris and Rosie Harris and the granddaughters of the Rev. and Mrs. Ernest Ford, Julia Mathews and the late Leon Harris Sr.

Both girls plan to attend college in the fall.