With over a decade of writing and singing smart and sweet melodic folk-pop under her belt, New Jersey-based Sharon Goldman was thrilled to be honored with a spot on the bill at the 2011 Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artists showcase last July, as well as nominated for the Suzi Wollenberg FolkDJ showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance this past November.
Lilli Kuzma, host of Folk Festival on WDCB Public Radio in Chicagoland, says of Sharon: "I love her clear voice and truly interesting songs – nicely crafted contemporary folk with hints of pop.”
A Long Island native and long-time New York City resident, Goldman recently returned to the suburbs – this time in New Jersey – and continues to pour her passion into songwriting, yielding intelligent, melodic and bittersweet songs of love, loss, identity and memories, which are steadily garnering a following of listeners eager for the lyrical substance and strong musicianship they miss on commercial radio.
In addition to her songwriting and performance work, Sharon also writes a popular blog about songwriting, called Songwriting Scene: www.songwritingscene.com.
Sharon Goldman: acoustic guitar, piano, vocals
Three Sun Songs, 3-song EP, November 2011
Sleepless Lullaby, 8-song CD, October 2010
12-song full-length CD with duo Sweet Bitters, March 2009
Shake the Stars, full-length CD, July 2006
Semi Broken Heart, full-length CD, June 2004 (released as Sharon Edry)
Folk Festival, WDCB Public Radio in Chicagoland
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"Sharon Goldman's 'Sleepless Lullaby' is a totally enjoyable listen…I love her clear voice and truly..."Sharon Goldman's 'Sleepless Lullaby' is a totally enjoyable listen…I love her clear voice and truly interesting songs – nicely crafted contemporary folk with hints of pop.”
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"There are legions of songbirds with nice voices out there, but Goldman’s strength is that she knows..."There are legions of songbirds with nice voices out there, but Goldman’s strength is that she knows how to use hers. Honest, unaffected, completely unafraid, and fun in an effortless, conversational way. Ultimately, the reason why Goldman’s albums sound as good as they do is that she’s a purist."
Town & Country Radio Show, New Zealand
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“There’s a plethora of young women doing the acoustic singer-songwriter thing at the moment. Sharon ...“There’s a plethora of young women doing the acoustic singer-songwriter thing at the moment. Sharon separates from the crowd because of the lovely qualities of her voice … purity, simplicity, directness, 100% presence.”
Amy Lotsberg, CollectingSounds.com
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[Sharon Goldman's] songs [on "Shake the Stars"] are so likeable. Her voice is very welcoming; it mak...[Sharon Goldman's] songs [on "Shake the Stars"] are so likeable. Her voice is very welcoming; it makes you really want to listen carefully to see what she has to say. Her vocals are flawless. They’re all well written clever songs, but my favorites are: “Opening” which is not the opening song, has a hauntingly gorgeous feel to it. “The Rope” is a really cool ode to friendship and I like her acoustic folky take on The Cure’s “Just Live Heaven.”
Folk Acoustic Music Exchange
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There are some fine moments on [Sharon Goldman's "Shake the Stars."]. Good supporting cello and ligh...There are some fine moments on [Sharon Goldman's "Shake the Stars."]. Good supporting cello and light melodic piano give The Rope just the right feel, the song a tribute to lifelong friendship. Opening is eerily beautiful and introspective, made moreso by Pat Wictor's haunting lap steel. The fears and loneliness of the aged is addressed in "The Crosswalk", a song which capsulizes the insecurities of a woman alone in a world in which she struggles to survive. Good songs all.
Up to two-hour sets, including covers from artists such as The Cure, Paul Simon, Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Allison Krauss.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.