La-Shawn recently released her first single, Crucified with Christ, which can be found on iTunes and all other digital download sites, and will release her full album, Sufficient Grace, in the summer of 2017. In addition, to facilitating weekly worship services, La-Shawn can be found ministering at various conferences and events through the state and region. While she is passionate about music and leading people in worship, she has also cultivated a 20-year career working with children and families, and those battling substance abuse and mental health issues. Additionally, La-Shawn has extensive experience in program management and grants administration, and has had the distinct privilege to work with social services agencies throughout New Jersey and Rhode Island.
A native of New Jersey, La-Shawn is married to John Nieves and is the mother of three wonderful children: Deborah, Jonathan and Taylor.
La-Shawn’s musical gifts have been on display since the age of four. Throughout her life, the thread of music has remained constant. Whether she was singing in a choir, directing a musical production, teaching vocals or writing a song, her capacity to cultivate and create through the mode of music has only swelled. La-Shawn has served in Worship and Music ministry for well over 20 years. She has had the honor of serving as Worship Leader and Assistant Choral Director at Christ Church in Montclair, NJ for more than 10 years, as well as the Worship and Creative Arts Director at CrossPoint Church in Newport, RI for 3 years. Currently, La-Shawn is the Worship and Creative Arts Director at Calvary Lighthouse Church, a multi-ethnic and multi-generational congregation in Lakewood, NJ, where she has been since 2013. La-Shawn is also the CEO of La-Shawn Nieves Ministries, which began in September 2014.
Worship is La-Shawn’s passion. It is what she wakes up thinking about and what causes her to end her day with joy. Whenever she ministers, it is her prayer that people wouldn’t just hear her voice, but that they would hear the Holy Spirit. They would hear purpose, calling, destiny, God. The realization that God accepts His children just as they are and is waiting for us to respond to Him is felt in her ministry. La-Shawn’s worship is for real, and is what has caused her to come to a place of victory in her personal life. She is humbled that God has chosen her and is thankful for every opportunity she has to share the power of God’s love and grace.