Sandra Turley has literally performed on Broadway. Cast as Cosette in Les Miserables, Sandra was part of the original closing broadcast ensemble, and that experience set her on a course for the rest of her life. Sandra is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church), and uses her God-given talent to uplift and inspire others.
A Sparkling Career
Before her Broadway debut, Sandra earned her bachelor’s of fine arts degree in music, dance, and theater from Brigham Young University. After her debut role as Cosette, the Shanghai, China production asked her to reprise her role for their production in Asia. Sandra’s life has been full of performance. Sandra has sung for the Steve Young Forever Young Foundation, the 2004 Republican National Convention, and even starred as Ariel in the stage production of The Little Mermaid at Disney World.
In March 2012, Sandra released her first solo album “Sandra Turley: On Broadway,” an album that highlights her powerful voice and show-stealing sound. Each song on the album represents a different part from her life. Sandra believes in the power of music and its ability to inspire and enlighten.The album was produced by Shadow Mountain Records.
Inspiring Others in a Cutthroat Field
In addition to her singing career, Sandra often tours with the Time Out for Women conference series, speaking to thousands of women and girls all over the country. She loves these opportunities, because she has the chance to teach and reinforce important principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Building a career in the entertainment industry is no easy feat, especially for a woman who lives Christian values. Sandra has had to work to separate her professional life from her private life, because in the entertainment business you’re expected to market and sell your whole self. Sandra can’t be timid about what she believes and has to be open to conversation and questions.
Her biggest piece of advice is to “have a rock-solid testimony.” Without conviction to live what Jesus Christ taught, she wouldn’t have been able to stay true to who she knows she is. Throughout her time on Broadway–easily the busiest and most demanding part of her career–Sandra served in various church capacities and supported her husband in his own professional and church responsibilities.
Staying True to Truth
Sandra believes that her talent and success in the music industry is a direct gift from a loving Heavenly Father. Finding success in the entertainment business is rare and hard-won, and Sandra has been able to enjoy that alongside the joys that come from living the gospel of Jesus Christ. She wouldn’t be where she is today were it not for Jesus Christ and His promises of grace.
Charlotte graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in English, with an emphasis in editing. During her education she interned with the Neal A.Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, BYU Publications, and the New Era magazine. Charlotte currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son. She's a stay-at-home-mom and has been able to keep up her writing through maintaining a personal blog (smallandtrivial.blogspot.com).