Sharon Rae North is a talented songstress who sings jazz (straightahead, contemporary, smooth, standards). Her latest album, a Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary EP titled Sincerely Yours dropped in July 2016.
Produced by two-time Grammy nominated hitmaker Chris “Big Dog” Davis dropped, the first single, a cover of Sting’s “Sister Moon,” immediately soared to #5 Billboard Most Added Smooth Jazz, #4 Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Albums and is charting and in rotation on playlists worldwide.
It’s charted in the U.S. and the U.K., where it reached #14 on the U.K. Soul Chart. Sincerely Yours is expected to be a juggernaut that will move her career in a whole new direction.
Her last CD “Gee Baby” collection of straight-ahead jazz standards followed in the footsteps of her first studio CD, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, a Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary project which continues to receive airplay in markets internationally and has received phenomenal reviews.
Sharon sounds just as good live as she does in the studio. She puts on a fabulous performance and has opened for many national acts, including Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Patti LaBelle. She has been included among opening acts for artists such Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Stanley Clark, Boney James, Chuck Mangione, Norman Brown, Poncho Sanchez, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin and many others.
Sharon Rae North – Sister Moon
Following her performances at the Jazz at Maymont festival in Richmond, Va. Baldwin has expressed an interest in working with her. She has performed at venues throughout the U.S., including Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, The Metropolitan Room in New York City, Natalie’s in Columbus, Ohio, Blu Jazz+ in Akron, Ohio, Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation, Capital Ale Concert Hall in Richmond, VA, Sambuca in Atlanta, GA, the Hippodrome in Richmond, VA.
Isaac Hayes Restaurant in Memphis, Twins Jazz in D.C., James River Cellars in Richmond, VA, Bayfest in Mobile, AL, CenterStage in Richmond, VA, Fridays at Sunset and Jazz at Maymont in Richmond, VA, Durham, Summer Music Series in NC.
Sharon has performed and/or recorded with top musicians in the industry, including Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Maysa, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Alex Bugnon, etc.), vocalist/vocal arranger Fred “Freddyboy” Sawyers (Isaac Hayes, Will Downing) Joel “Razor Sharp” Johnson, keyboard player for funk-masters Bootsy Collins (George Clinton), piano virtuoso Frank “Buzz” Amato (Curtis Mayfield), pianist Walter Bland, who composed the soundtrack for the HBO series Oz.
Others include, Robert “Mousey” Thompson (James Brown) and Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson (Jimmy Smith), keyboardists Earl Fleming (Tyler Perry band and Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players), Jerry “Louie” Poindexter (James Brown), the late Keith “Keecho” Rawls (Peabo Bryson and UniverSoul Circus) and keyboardist Danny Jackson, (India.Arie).
She also has worked with Michael “Kid Funkadelic” Hampton (George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic) saxophonist Clarence “Doctor Bob” Ross (Isley Brothers) and keyboardist and saxophonist/guitarist, Derwin Daniels (Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players).