Genene and Sam were born exactly one month apart as “micro-preemies” and lost their vision at birth due to their prematurity and alarmingly low birth weights. Before they were born, neither of their families knew each other, even though they all lived in the same Ohio town. Genene and Sam even spent the first weeks of their lives together in the same NICU unit of the same hospital in Columbus! God truly knit these two families together in the most unlikely and wonderful way!
Life in Westerville reunited the two in preschool, and they went to school together until they graduated from The Ohio State School for the Blind. Making music was always an important part of their childhood friendship, whether they were imitating their favorite singers on the bus or marching together in the world’s only blind marching band.
While still in high school, Genene and Sam decided that they wanted to make their livings by making music. So InnerVision was born in 2009! At first, they played primarily for nursing homes, retirement centers, and Alzheimer’s facilities. But every time InnerVision played, more and more people started hearing about them, and the phone started ringing!
Since forming in high school, InnerVIsion has been entertaining audiences of all sizes and ages all over Ohio and beyond with quite possibly the most diverse song lists of any professional musicians in central Ohio. They have played at outdoor festivals, weddings ceremonies and receptions, school assemblies, worship services, retirement centers, skilled nursing facilities, corporate banquets, fundraisers, restaurants, class reunions, birthday parties, Christmas celebrations, holiday get-togethers, anniversaries, and more! Genene and Sam play over 200 songs that span many decades and many genres. What’s your favorite music? Oldies, blues, contemporary Christian, radio favorites, classics, gospel, hymns, inspirational, patriotic, standards, or Christmas sing-alongs? Chances are good – very, very good – that InnerVision can customize a set list that will be perfect for the listeners at your event.
InnerVision is the duo of life-long friends Genene Blackwell (keyboards and vocals) and Sam Shepherd (vocals, harmonica, trombone, guitar). Since 2009 this internationally award-winning band and Nashville recording artists have brought joy and inspiration through music to thousands with both live performances as well as through their 3 Nashville-recorded CDs available for purchase and digital download.
Contact InnerVision today so that they can customize a set list and instrumentation perfect for your event, your audience, and your venue!
Oldies, standards, jazz, blues, sing-alongs, radio favorites, originals, contemporary Christian, worship, hymns, gospel, patriotic, inspirational, Christmas, holiday!
Always looking for a new challenge, InnerVision started entering and then winning music competitions. Most InnerVision won first place in Worthington’s Got Talent, first place in The Columbus Blues Challenge (solo/duo category), and then won the second place solo/duo award, among hundreds of other entrants from around the world in the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Sam also won the Lee Oskar Best Harmonica Award at this same competition.