Born in Detroit, Sandra grew up in Prayer Tabernacle Church under the pastorate of the Rev. Charles A. Craig, II and then Rev. David K. Craig. Her musical awareness was realized early and she began directing the choir at the request of Minister Thomas Whitfield. She studied piano under Rev. Charles H. Nicks, Jr. and was active musically, while attending school.
Sandra has provided vocals on recordings with Gospel artists such as: The Voices of Tabernacle; The Craig Brothers; Minister Thomas Whitfield; Minister Ronald Kersey; Bishop Andre S. Woods; Rev. James Cleveland; Mr. Jimmy Dowell and the St. James Adult Choir; Ms. Aretha Franklin, and Mrs. Hulah Gene Hurley. She was Choir Coordinator for Detroit Remembers 1 & Choir Coordinator and artist for Detroit Remembers 2, GMWA Detroit Chapter Presents A Tribute To The King of Gospel Rev. James Cleveland, and Project Coordinator and artist for the Detroit Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America’s latest project, “Bringing It Back Home” produced by Rudolph Stanfield, Jr., and A. Jeffrey LaValley. In addition, Sandra executive produced and co-wrote with Edna Tatum “The Voice” on her final project, “How Great Thou Art” produced by Rudolph Stanfield under her Coming Up Roses Music label.
Sandra has served as Choir Director for many churches including: New Light Baptist Church; Craig Memorial Tabernacle, St. James Baptist Church, Greater Grace Temple, and the famed Voices of Tabernacle of Prayer Tabernacle Church.
She was honored to serve on the music staff for the homegoing services for Mother Rosa Parks and SuperBowl XL, which featured, Ms. Aretha Franklin. Her talents as a gifted choir director have been shared across country with many groups and choirs.
Sandra is the Administrator and Asst. Chapter Representative for the Detroit Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. She also heads the Women's Choir for the chapter. A member of the national GMWA faculty, she has facilitated the 4 session class, “Parliamentary Procedure: Conducting A Meeting” and facilitated the 2-session online class, “The History of the G.M.W.A”.
Sandra was licensed to teach the Bible in 1988. She received her license to preach the good news of Jesus Christ in 1991 and was ordained in 1993 by Dr. Eugene Gray, Chicago, IL under the Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of Christ, Inc. Her musical and speaking gifts have served to assist churches and the community in presenting their worship services, conferences and other activities. Sandra’s church membership is with the Greater Emmanuel Temple of Deliverance, Detroit MI, pastored by Bishop Eric F. Mitchell.
Sandra holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration; and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. She is the former editor of the Amazing Grace Monthly Newsletter (circulation 10,000) for Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple.
After retiring as an IT Manager with AT&T, she worked within the Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties educating K-12 students. A large part of the time was spent as a facilitator for WCCCD's Continuing Education Youth Enrichment Series presenting workshops on topics including, “Cyberbullying”, “Dressing for Success”, and “Internet Safety”. Currently, Sandra is employed by the Ford Motor Company in the IT division. She is owner of Coming Up Roses! a Desktop Publishing and Management Company.
Besides teaching and sharing her gifts with the Christian community she is also a member of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc., where she has served as President of the Alpha Chapter, and has held regional positions as Chaplain, and Editor.
Sandra’s latest venture (10/20/18) is co-owner of WVTC Internet Gospel Radio and owner of WVTC Radio Detroit, a 24-hour internet gospel radio station. She produces shows that air on the station as well as hosting, The Sande Rose Show", a 2-hour live music/talk show that airs live each Monday and Tuesday at 5pm eastern. In 2022 and 2023, WVTC was deemed Internet Station of the Year by the Stellar Awards!