Sixteen million neurons synapse in perfect harmony and for the very first time air displacing amniotic fluid passes across her vocal cords. The cry of any newborn is the sweetest sound and Sandra’s first vocal work was no exception.
While every person on this planet makes the same miraculous yet discordant debut, few progress any distance beyond this point. The life, passion, and vocal giftedness of one young Australian – Sandra Entermann – is one exception.
As the youngest of six, her formative years were spent immersed in an environment rich in musical expression. Prenatally, she spent many hours at the piano as her mother played soothing lullabies. Deprived of television, her early childhood saw many more hours sitting in front of the HMV as her family wore out their collection of vinyl LPs. The Classical Masters, Big Band, Orchestral and Choral works – even country – and, of course, Gospel.
At the end of each day the family would come together to pray for one another, to read stories from the Bible, and to unite their voices in song. Morning and evening the favourite hymns and choruses were sung, the youngest member of the family learning first the simple melodies with repetitive lyrics. Since those early years some things have changed. The two year old’s incomprehensible diction, and ability to sing in a different key to the rest of the family, are but treasured memories.
While the majority of her engagements have been at home in Australia, her musical career has seen her definition of ‘home’ loosened, accepting invitations to sing in the Islands of the South Pacific, Asia, North America, and the West Indies.
She has been a guest artist for Breath of Life, Voice of Prophecy and It is Written Oceania, and has also shared the stage with many fine musicians, including Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, Jaime Jorge, Jennifer LaMountain, Neville Peter, Ullanda Innocent-Palmer, Stephanie Dawn, Christine Wollmann, Adrian Westney Jr, and Wintley Phipps.
Sandra has produced four solo albums: Rest, If I Stand, Treasure, (co-produced with Adrian Westney Jr) and her most accomplished work to date, the recently released title More Than Anything (co-produced with ET Everett).
In addition to her solo career, she also maintains a performance schedule with siblings Gary and Linda as The Entermann Trio. This ministry has included presentations of music and testimony in prisons, aged-care homes, evangelistic campaigns, weddings as well as church events. In response to repeated demand Sandra produced two albums for the trio – Quiet Prayers – A Hymn Collection and … Again.
Aside from holding down a more or less full time day job in the non gender stereotypical occupation as a certified glazier (a world first for women) she has diverse interests which include poetry, massage therapy, drawing, and wedding and portraiture photography.
Sandra’s first passion however is not her music, or her creative interests, but people. She is a giver. A gifted communicator and public speaker. A keen listener, who is sensitive to the pain of others.
Sandra’s extensive repertoire is marked by lyrical and musical diversity. Whatever the genre – from timeless hymns of faith to contemporary compositions – she chooses songs of substance that reverberate with meaning, challenging the listener to reflect deeply, and pointing to the Answer to life’s many questions.
Her desire through her music ministry is to lift up Jesus, while lifting broken people up to Him – sharing the songs of her own experience, and proclaiming a God who is attentive, accessible, and all powerful.