Sharif
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Sharif

North Hollywood, California, United States

North Hollywood, California, United States
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“College rock? Yes, for the more sophisticated and knowledgeable student body.” - Sound the Sirens


“Groomed for mainstream pop consumption.” - Ninevole Magazine


“Top-notch guitar pop that touches all pop nerves!” - Ray Gianchetti


“Spirited lyrics, clever songwriting, [and] vibrant energy in every track” - Scrawled


"Sharif’s vocals soar throughout " - NL Recordings


“Led a honey-eyed, velvet-voiced lead singer and guitarist, Sharif has a groundswelling of support from the local community.” - The Mace & Crown


“Sharif . . . is on the fast track to a big career in music.” - The Daily Progress


The audience is “engaged by Sharif’s brand of friendly, personal soft rock and relaxed inter-song banter.” - The Cavalier Daily


“The sky is the limit for this young Virginia artist.” - Left Off the Dial


Discography

Kiss the Moon (2002)
Surrogate Lovers (2004)
Kisses and Lies (2009)

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Bio

Los Angeles-based artist Sharif is not afraid to reflect upon personal issues of love and love lost. His music, which combines sweeping melodies with heartfelt lyrics, captures the soul of the listener and lays out an emotional fortitude to which anyone can relate.

Writing with legendary songsmith Desmond Child has facilitated Sharif's ability to truly craft a hit single. Sharif's song "Another Wasted Rose" received an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Billboard World Song Contest, and many of the 14 tracks from his latest record "Kisses and Lies" have already joined his growing list of 300+ film and TV credits. Sharif's current single "Dark Side of the Dawn" features Rhett Miller on backing vocals, and has risen to #89 on the FMQB charts. All Access Magazine raves about Sharif's album, describing how, "A silky voice, cheerful melodies, creative musicianship and steadfast songwriting make "Kisses and Lies" a well-rounded, enduring record from beginning to end." Sharif was also handpicked out of hundreds to perform at the 2009 ASCAP EXPO and showcase his songs. These songs can be found on compilation discs alongside bands like O.A.R., Jack Johnson, and the Dave Matthews Band. Most recently, Sharif has been chosen as one of Music Connection Magazine's "Top Unsigned Artists."

Having shared the stage with such popular acts as Kenny Loggins, Rhett Miller, Rusted Root, and Blake Shelton, Sharif has sculpted a broad understanding and appreciation of life as a musician on the road. With over 1,500 U.S. and International shows under his belt, Sharif is an expert at captivating audiences of all sizes. Whether performing at a festival of thousands or an intimate acoustic gathering, Sharif is calm, witty and focused onstage.

Aside from producing his own music, Sharif also has the unique ability to transform hit songs into his own distinctive creations. Maroon 5's "Won't Go Home Without You" appears on Sharif�s latest record, slowed down into a mellow, floating waltz. His haunting performance of Rihanna's "Disturbia" bellows with raw emotion, enjoyed by some 200,000 viewers on YouTube.

Many reputable businesses and artists have also taken note of Sharif's immense talent and commercial appeal. Companies like Red Bull, Taylor Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Planet Waves, and Keeley Electronics have aided Sharif with tour support, endorsements, and sponsorships. Furthermore, the roster of musicians who appear on Sharif's new record is nothing short of astounding (see below).