Shari Azar
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Raised in Florida, Shari Azar grew up singing – turning her everyday thoughts into little songs about “all kinds of everything’s”. Testing out her early vocal range against K-tel’s greatest hits, and singing along to Wacky Westerns, Shari’s first full recording (found only in a landfill somewhere) is of her singing along to Stevie Nick’s “Bella Donna” LP. Early inspiration landed her the lead in her high school musical, and led her to dinner theatre musicals. Moved by music and movement, she embarked on a professional modern dance career.
Studying Modern and Improvisational dance at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Shari moved on to dance and choreograph professionally in New York, Vancouver, Connecticut and Miami. She continues to perform and teach improvisational dance (and yoga) in Asheville – home now since 2003.

As a songwriter, every moment is noteworthy - waiting for subways, buses, walking through the city, through the woods, doing dishes . . . a piece of a song can come anytime. “I write songs that want to be written – songs that just begin and don’t let me rest until they are finished speaking – songs of heartache, discovery, and the hopes and shadows we meet along the road.”

When she moved to Asheville, a friend taught her a few chords on the guitar and she took off from there. Giving tentative trials to living room audiences and spontaneous moments in parking garages, Shari’s growing love of singing her songs finally demanded that she appear at open mics. Westville Pub, The Dripolator, The Root Bar and the Swannanoa Gathering have been witness to the growth of her music.

Influenced by endless music - Neko Case, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Sean Hayes, Fred Eaglesmith,Natalie Merchant, Gillian Welch, Cold Play, Damien Rice, Amos Lee and Kris Delmhorst are some of the musicians that touch Shari’s musical heart-strings.

Shari has begun recording a first album presently called black moon sea, with friend and musician, T Shannon Doyle sitting in with the slide-guitar, giving “rooftop” a definite Cowboy Junkies sound. Two songs have been produced with Rob Gardner, and Shari is working on finishing the full album. She has a voice that is honest and heartfelt with stripped down simple melodic accompaniment.Her songs gently sit you down for a moment and speak to you in a quiet and reflective voice.