Scharema R. Hannibal is a psalmist and musician who serves as Music Director at Word of Life Ministries, where Apostle & Prophetess Ernest and Barbara Taylor are the Founders and Pastors. Born in Waukegan, IL, Mrs. Hannibal began singing at the age of three and playing the piano at the age of six. In order to cultivate this gift, her parents invested in piano lessons at Professor Allen’s Studio in Chicago, IL. She also studied under classical pianist Ruth Hackert and also at the Zion Conservatory of Music, where she currently teaches piano and voice.
The need for higher education prompted Mrs. Hannibal to seek training in Champaign, IL, where she joined the University of Illinois Black Chorus while studying music at Parkland College. At Parkland College, Mrs. Hannibal and two other music students formed the Parkland Gospel Ensemble.
She later transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to continue her studies in Music Education. Under the auspices of Dr. Ollie Watts-Davis, Mrs. Hannibal grew both musically and spiritually. During that time Mrs. Hannibal had the opportunity and privilege to sing with Gary Hines and Billy Steele of Sounds of Blackness, many other renowned artists, and the University of Illinois Black Chorus. During her studies Mrs. Hannibal performed genres of Afro-American music including operatic pieces in fluent Italian, German, Latin, and French.
In 1998, Mrs. Hannibal earned her Baccalaureate degree in Music Education Voice-Choral from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following graduation, Mrs. Hannibal has continued her work in music teaching at several public and private schools. Mrs. Hannibal has also participated in Donnie McClurkin’s New Artist Showcase, served as guest vocal clinician at several churches, starred in and wrote original tunes for a gospel musical stage play production. In January 2007, Mrs. Hannibal received the Most Influential African-American in Community Service Award from Lake County, IL, The People's Voice. In July 2008, Mrs. Hannibal appeared on Bobby Jones Gospel singing background vocals for Gospel Music Recording Artist Melonie Daniels. She has sung with Ricky Dillard and New Generation, College of Lake County Gospel Choir, and currently sings and features as soloist on recordings of Glenn Johnson and Innerpeace and Cynthia Turner and Heartspeak. Currently teaches Private Piano & Voice at the Zion Conservatory of Music, Zion, IL; and also teaches Elementary General Music at Learn Charter Network - Learn 9 (Waukegan, Il).
She is happily married to her best friend and husband Curtis Hannibal and they are the proud parents of their miracle baby girl Shekinah Melody Hannibal.