Musician whose work was on VH1 produces song about workplace bullying


Her music has aired on VH1, Oxygen, and Bravo, to name a few, and now she’s helping make workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts. Musician Cheryl “Shellee Shae” Williams produced, wrote, and performed “Standing Ovation” to speak out against workplace bullies, including those who targeted and mobbed her while working in a career within law enforcement.

“Music helps us heal,” says Williams, who lives in the Boston area and works in television, film, and radio. “I enjoy writing songs about real life issues to help people overcome obstacles.”

Williams got involved with the anti-workplace bullying movement when a Facebook post calling for action to make workplace bullying illegal led her down an inspirational path. “I clicked on Neal Dias’ story, which touched my heart, and a story about huge photos on display at the Massachusetts State House of people like me who’d been bullied at work, fighting for change. At that moment, I knew I wanted to get involved,” explains Williams.

“I hope my music brings comfort, healing, peace, joy, and love to targets,” says Williams. “I want targets to know they’re not alone.”

Hear Williams’ “Standing Ovation” »


  1. Thomas Panetta

    Wow thank you Cheryl Williams for this strong message! MHWB is doing a great job! You mentioned Neal’s story, I know it well. I’ve spoke to him on the phone to let him know what he meant to me after learning he did not want to partake in verizon managements evil game of targeting employees. My foreman joined in instead of fighting against it, I was one of the targets over here in NY State. What a detrimental impact workplace bullying has on the target, I feel it is a violation of one’s soul and well being, it is psychological torture and it needs to be illegal so it can STOP!!

  2. Gloria

    These lyrics are deep! I really enjoyed listening to this song. The words tell a story that is very close to home. CONGRADULATIONS Cheryl. Well done. I really enjoyed this. Please don’t stop there!

  3. Tracy Guitare

    Honestly Cheryl and I met at the beginning of my careerboth of us worked as CO’s in Framingham Ma. Now about 13.5 years later at least as a Correctionsl Staff, prior to a CNA /phlebotomist in Department of Corrections. Cheryl and I just linked back up about a year ago realizing we both been through different stories but same pain mentally physically and emotionally. Her music is inspiring. She gives me strength everyday to know I’m no longer alone. god help us with the justice we deserve as well as other blue shirts to all be treated as equals. The only perfect one is the man above otherwise reality is we are who we are and no one is perfect. I’m a 45 year old woman loving a nightmare everyday although a survivor I was almost a statistic of the Department. Woman crashes into tree in templeton ma 2017 January 13 all over the news. It’s time although I still heal mentally and physically to speak have a voice. Cheryl knows my every emotion in a million years never would have known the woman whom I adored and admired bring new in the department at the end of the day struggling like myself as well as other. Honestly will I ever wake up and want to breath again sense my past few years of ptsd,victimization,harrasmant etc. I pray mind body and soul

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