sábado, 10 de enero de 2009

Sharon Rae North


This talented songstress sings jazz (straight-ahead, contemporary, smooth, etc.) and standards. Though, she often adds in some jazz versions of R&B and Top 40 hits. Her first commercial CD will be released in October 2007. It has already received a glowing review from www.Jazzreview.com. Sharon also has opened for major artists, such as Patti LaBelle. She was tapped to sing the National Anthem before an audience of thousands during the annual 4th of July celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. She has headlined at numerous events, including the 2006 Summer Concert Series in Durham, NC. She is being billed as "Lady Sings the Blues… with a Twist of Jazz" for a performance at the 2007 Lithonia Concert Series, produced by Jason Lary Presents. And, she was tapped to sing the National Anthem before several thousand people during the 2007 4th of July Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, which has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as "one of the best places in the world to stay." Sharon has worked with Joel "Razor Sharp" Johnson, keyboard player for funk-masters Bootsy Collins and George Clinton, piano virtuoso Frank "Buzz" Amato, who accompanied Curtis Mayfield for many years, pianist Walter Bland, the only musician listed on the soundtrack of the HBO series Oz. Walter also has written scores for PBS shows and NPR programs. Others include, drummer Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson, who played with jazz great Jimmy Smith for nearly two decades, keyboard player Keith "Keecho" Rawls, who played for Peabo Bryson and for the UniverSoul Circus, and keyboardist Danny Jackson, who has produced for Grammy winning artist India.Arie. She also has worked with Michael "Kid Funkadelic" Hampton, lead guitarist for George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic and has done sessions with Clarence "Doctor Bob" Ross, the current saxophone player and back-up singer for the Isley Brothers and music programmer for Chaka Khan, En Vogue, New Edition and many others. She has performed with Jerry "Louie" Poindexter, veteran keyboard player for the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown and jazz recording saxophonist, Derwin Daniels. Derwin also produced Sharon’s first CD, a 4-song demo, has received airplay in the United States and abroad. After performing "Get Here" at New York’s famed Apollo Theater, Sharon was asked by C.P. Lacey, also known as "The Sandman", to sit in with his nine-piece band. She performed a live duet with recording artist Cherelle and sang back-up at an event for singer/actress Rain Pryor (Richard’s daughter).Sharon’s current band includes guitarist Vic Smiley [Gloria Gaynor, Gerald Levert, other national recording artists], saxophonist Kenneth Faison [Gloria Gaynor, Jennifer Holiday and many others], keyboardists Antoine Hollins [Lionel Hampton, Wyclef Gordon, James Moody] and Earl Fleming [Tyler Perry, Teena Marie]; drummer Tracy Williams [Van Hunt, The Pace Sisters and Martha Munuizzi] and bass players Michael Jackson and/or Jon Roberts.



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