Beverly Shane McClellan, age 49, of San Diego, California and Fort Lauderdale, Florida died on October 30, 2018 at her home in San Diego with her closest family and friends by her side. Born on July 6, 1969 in Kingsport, Tennessee and raised in Gate City, Virginia. Beverly moved to Florida in her teens and while being a nurse’s assistant and dental assistant she discovered her passion and love as she began her musical artistic career.
Beverly learned to play the piano at a very young age watching her mother play. She learned to play many more instruments through her young career by listening and learning from friends and self-teaching. Beverly was a natural musical artistic talent, who played by ear and did not know how to read music, some would call her a musical genius. She was mostly known for Her “Voice” however she was just as well known by many and all - for the Funny, Loving, original, True and humble human being she was, this is her legacy. Beverly not only recorded her own albums, in 2004 she won best overall performer in New York’s International Music Festival, she was a finalist (the final 4) on NBC’s The Voice Season 1 working with Christina Aguilera. Beverly received a Grammy nomination for her recorded lead vocals in the song "John the Revelator" on Steve Vai's 2012 album The Story of Light, and toured with Vai the same year; was nominated for a Grammy for this. Beverly played at the GLAAD Awards in 2012 as well and donated her talents many, many times for different charities and fundraising functions. Throughout her life she touched the lives, hearts, minds and souls of all she met.
My wife was much more than her music, she was a loving, courageous, hilarious, wonderful and beautiful soul, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, parent, and wife. She was an Amazon Woman! She will forever live in our hearts and is singing to all of us with Etta James, Johnny Cash and John Lennon, a few of her favorites.
Beverly will forever be remembered and cherished by her wife, Monique Garcia McClellan; daughter, Daniella “Danny” Vazquez; most beloved friend, Richard “Uncle” Sakaris; mother, DJ Shelton; father and step-mother, Allen A. & Lisa “Momma Lisa” McClellan; fur and feather babies as well as a host of loved ones, family, friends, acquaintances and fans alike.
A Celebration of Beverly’s Life will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 4-8pm at The PRIDE Center at Equality Park. Bev’s service will be in the form of an outdoor concert at the side pavilion where musical colleagues from across the county are slated to appear. A formal service with words of comfort by Rev. Leslie A. Rutland-Tipton will begin at 7:00pm and Bev’s celebration will conclude at sundown with a community lantern release.
At the request of the family, please bring a blanket or lawn chair as the family wishes to pay tribute to the life of Beverly with an outdoors concert. A number of bands from across the country will be present for the Celebration.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LifeCelebrationsFL.com
Services under the direction of Life Celebrations Memorial Chapel, 954-566-3141