At the age of 8, Reynolds picked up the guitar. In 1977, Sheldon graduated from Mount Healthy High School where he was active in the music program. During the early stages of his professional career, Reynolds toured with blues performer Millie Jackson and later played and produced music for Capital recording artists, Sun.
He joined The Commodores in 1983, replacing original guitarist Thomas McClary. He remained with the group until 1987, when he left to join Earth, Wind & Fire.
Reynolds is most widely known as former lead guitarist and vocalist with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire. During that era, Reynolds also recorded with the group Chicago. His tenure with Earth, Wind & Fire lasted 14 years. Reynolds received an Image Award for lifetime achievement while a member of Earth, Wind & Fire. In the mid 90’s Reynolds was nominated for a Grammy for the popular song Sunday Morning, which Reynolds wrote and recorded with EWF.
Sheldon also served as producer on a CD project for breakout vocalist Victoria White. The CD was released in May 2008 on the Kalimba label headed by his former mentor, .Maurice White.
Also to Reynolds’ credits are his work as writer and performer with a number of other well-known artists, such as the Pointer Sisters, Stephanie Mills and Paula Abdul. Reynolds’ vocal work includes the musical soundtrack from the motion picture Glory, as well as theme music for the hit television shows Who’s The Boss and Chicago Hope. His voice can also be heard in television commercials.
Also completed in 2008 was the CD “Bringing, Back The Funk”, an all-star old school funk CD from Sheldon’s current band leader, jazz artist Brian Culbertson. Sheldon, who has performed with Culbertson since April 2007, is heard singing the lead vocals on the CD’s first number one single, “Always Remember”. The song pays loving tribute to Sheldon’s mother, Betty Reynolds, who died in November 2005. Sheldon continues to perform worldwide with Culbertson.
Currently, Reynolds has completed a CD called, The Sheldon Reynolds Project. The album is a powerhouse that brings together an all-star cast of Hall of Fame songwriters and special guests. The new smash single “Feel Good” co-written by EWF founder, Maurice White, is a wonderful blend of Gospel & R& B and is loaded with signature horns lines!