Sharon McMahan

Sharon McMahan

 Altadena, California, USA
SoloJazzSoul

.............a musical breath of Smooth, Soulful, fresh air..
A memorable and expressive writer and artist......true to her craft and a delight to the musical palate.... a listening pleasure.............

Biography

Born in Sevierville, Tennessee but raised and musically disciplined in Detroit,Michigan, Sharon is a talented lady who has kept a rather low profile while racking up a series of impressive accomplishments.

Sharon wrote her first songs at the age of 12 and became a professional writer at age of 13. During her teen years, her songs were recorded by Hall of Fame inductees, Mavis Staples and Etta James, famed artist and discoverer of The Temptations, Johnnie Mae Matthews who had a local hit on Sharon's song titled "I Have No Choice", now a favorite Northern soul classic in the UK. Deon Jackson also recorded several of Sharon's songs, one of which was included on his own "Love Makes The World Go Round" album. Barbara Lewis was the first to record a McMahan tune. Sharon's "Straighten Up Your Heart" was the follow up single to Barbara's class hit, "Hello Stranger".

Sharon's musical influences were the absolute best artists and writers, producers and musicians, "made" in Detroit, helping her develop her smooth but soulful sound.   Also the productions of Ollie McLaughlin and Don Davis catapulted her growth as a writer/artist.  She was never hindered but always encouraged to develop her own originality and style. 

The Searchers (London) had a world hit with Sharon's english pop style song, "Someday We're Gonna Love Again". That song was also included on an instrumental album recorded in London by The Londondarry Strings orchestra. The Three Degrees recorded her song "You're The Fool".

After re-locating to the Los Angeles area in the early seventies, Sharon was discovered and signed as a writer/artist by Clive Davis and recorded six sides on the Columbia Record label. Her released single was "Get Out Of My Life",produced by Toxey French.

In January,2011, Get Out Of My Life was re-released on Expansion Records in the UK and is experiencing a great reception and much airplay.
Sharon is also featured on two other current releases in the UK also on Expansion. She is featured on a new duet called "Olive Branch" on the Colors Of Life CD. by Preston Glass. Her Columbia single, "Get Out Of My Life" is also included in a newly released CD titled 'Philadelphia Soul Vol 3.

During her career,Sharon has also penned lyrics for other composers. Jazz sax player and composer, Benny Golson hired Sharon to write lyrics for an NBC -TV mini-series called "The Sophisticated Gents".(aired in 1981). Later Golson included one of Sharons' songs, "Love Is The Key" on his album ,'I'm Always Dancin' To The Music" for Columbia Records.

Sharon performed in Cleethorpes,England in 2015,at a Northern Soul venue, singing songs she wrote for herself and for other artists. Her appearance was well received.

Sharon had association with the late Otis Blackwell, the writer of several hits for Elvis Presley.  Sharon and Otis share publishing rights on a McMahan composition titled, "I'm Happy Just The Way I Am",produced by Blackwell. Sharon also shares writers and publishers credits with the other Elvis writer, Ben Weisman.

Sharon has had numerous experience working with several artists, producers and many others which time does not permit to relate.

Sharon is delighted to have this opportunity to share her music, as a writer/artist, by way of her CD titled "SOMEBODY ELSE" which contains a collection of original songs, released on her independant record label,,SOCalitown Records. Currently, the label is now defunct.
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Lyrics

Summer Livin'

Written By: McMahan/Glass

Summer Livin'

Summers here. And it's such a good feelin'
Sunny days and the 'temperature's high. O-O Summertime, is like no other. People just wanna be outside.
--Hangin' on the beach
--Sailing in the ocean breeze
--Friends and barbeque
--There just ain't no substitute for
Summer, Summer livin'. Talkin' 'bout the summertime. It's yours and my time. Summer, summer livin'. It's about the summer time. And it's the right time

Summer nights, are so exciting. The party's are jumpin' everybody is there. O-OThe girls are fine and the guys are lookin'. Turnin' heads. Gotta stop and stare.
--Jazz under the stars.
--Dancin' to acoustic guitars
--Cruise the avenue
--There's so much that we can do, its
Summer, summer livin'., Talkin' 'bout the summertime. It's yours and my time.
Summer, summer livin'. It's about the summertime. And it's the right time.
There ain't nothing like the summertime (repeat twice)
(Music Interlude)

Repeat Chorus--Fade

DARE TO DREAM

Written By: SHARON MCMAHAN

I DARED TO DREAM. I COULD DO ANYTHING
I SET MY EYES SO HIGH. ABOVE THE STARS, WAY UP IN THE SKY
AND I DARED TO SEE. NOT WHAT IS, BUT WHAT COULD BE. AND I FOUND MY WAY
THATS WHY I CAN SAY.

IF YOU DARE TO DREAM. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING
WHERE THERE IS A WILL. THERE WILL BE A WAY
WHEN YOU DARE TO DREAM. I KNOW YOU WILL SEE. EVERYTHING YOU ARE
AND ALL THAT YOU CAN BE

(INTERLUDE)

WHEN YOU DARE TO DREAM. I KNOW YOU WILL SEE, EVERYTHING YOU ARE
AND ALL THAT YOU CAN BE.

WHEN YOU DARE TO DREAM. WHEN YOU DARE TO DREAM.................

SOMEBODY ELSE

Written By: SHARON MCMAHAN

CHORUS: Somebody else's arms around you
Somebody else to fill your fantasy
Somebody else to help you through the night
Somebody else instead of me

You want me to change the color of my hair
And you want me to change the style of clothes that I wear
Yet you keep on tellin' me, tellin' me that you love me more than life itself
But what's really goin' on, Is that you want somebody else. You want somebody else
(CHORUS)............I know 'cause,

You told me to change the fragrance that I use
And you said to change the kind of music that I listen to
You want to convince me that you want me while you're tryin' to
Convince yourself. But the real, real deal, is that
You want somebody else. You want somebody else
(CHORUS)
(INTERLUDE) - You won't admit that you're tired of me. I'm not your fool and I can see.
You want somebody else

Well, I'm not gonna change the color of my hair
And I'm not gonna change the kind of perfume that I wear
'Cause you got me cryin' and you're lyin' and you're leavin' me all by myself
So, the real, real, deal, is that I want somebody else
I want somebody else.

Somebody else's arms around me. Somebody else who loves me like I am
Somebody else who loves music like I do
Somebody else who loves to jam. I know, I want somebody else

(FADE)

SOMEBODY ELSE

Written By: SHARON MCMAHAN

SOMEBODY ELSE
Lyrics & Melody By
Sharon McMahan

CHORUS: Somebody else’s arms around you
Somebody else to fill your fantasy
Somebody else to help you through the night
Somebody else instead of me

You want me to change the color of my hair
And you want me to change the style of clothes that I wear
Yet you keep on tellin’ me, tellin’ me that you love me more than life itself
But what’s really goin’ on. Is that you want somebody else.
You want somebody else.
(CHORUS) ……….. I know ‘cause

You told me to change, the fragrance that I use
And you said to change the kind of music that I listen to
You want to convince me that you want me while you’re tryin’ to
Convince yourself. But the real, real deal, is that
You want somebody else. You want somebody else.
(CHORUS) (INTERLUDE)

Well, I’m not gonna change, the color of my hair
And I’m not gonna change, the kind of perfume that I wear
‘Cause you got me cryin’ and you’re lyin’ and you’re leavin’ me all by myself
So, the real, real deal. Is that I want somebody else.
I want somebody else.

Somebody else’s arms around me. Somebody else who loves me like I am
Somebody else who loves music like I do
Somebody else who loves to jam. I know I want somebody else.

(FADE)

C. 2004 MCMAHAN MUSIC/BMI

Discography

Sharon's CD titled: SOMEBODY ELSE
Released 2007
Label: SO Calitown Records (indie label)

Radio Airplay-United States:

WMHB- 89.7 FM - Waterville, Maine
WMPR-90.1 FM Jackson,MS
KPOO-FM,89.5- San Francisco/Oakland
KBPK-FM,Fullerton,CA
KFOK-FM, Georgetown,CA Thursdays 12noon-2pm
(The Unsigned Artist Show)

Radio Airplay-United Kingdom:

www.starpointradio.com- London
SolarRadio.com - London
Radio209.com - UK
StevesSoulClinic.com - UK
www.sfera.umk.pl -Torun,Poland
92.8 FM - Torun, Poland

Her current projects on Expansion records continue to receive airplay on the radio entities above as well as countless others.

Can be purchased online at www.BestBuy.com, i-tunes, napstar,digstation,www.cdbaby.com and
www.sharonmcmahan.com. Please "google" Sharon McMahan for more info on her projects.