Sharon Brooks

Sharon Brooks

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandR&BFunk

Sharon Brooks is a Barbadian born and raised, Montreal based singer/songwriter, producer. Her credits include working with Deborah Cox, motown's Bernard Purdie, Martha Wash, Omar, Jonas, Jean Leloup(LeClerc) and many more. Her Funk/Rock style is unmatched and as the new frontwoman for the seven piece Brisbane funk band PocketLove, she has been taking Australia by storm. With performances at The Caloundra Music Festival, Woodford Festival and more, for more information sbrooks003@gmail.com.

Biography

Canada’s Tina Turner! This is what comes to mind when one thinks of this Barbadian born, Canadian raised and now Australia based singer/songwriter. Sharon Brooks has wowed audiences worldwide with her charisma, on stage personality, vocal presence, oh and don’t forget the legs!. She has represented her country as Miss Barbados, worked in studio with Motown legend Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, performed live back vocals for Deborah Cox, Jonas, Omar and Martha Wash and continues to be one of the fastest growing underground names in Montreal.

Her step into music professionally, began at 16 working as a back vocalist with the popular Caribbean band Spice & Company. After touring with them for nine months, Sharon Brooks completed a degree in Mass Communications and went on to tour with John King & Jegna. It was with this group she gained the experiences of working with acts like Beres Hammond, Machael Montano, The Mighty Sparrow and more.

Juggling her music and modeling, Sharon joined her designer Wayne Smith to win The National Ambassador titles in 1995, and then went on to represent her country as Miss Barbados in the 1995 Miss Carival Competition in St. Vincent.

In 98, the persistent musician moved to Toronto, where she was fortunate to immediately work as a lead vocalist with “Collective Selective” a Jazz, group led by Henry Heillig, one of Toronto’s leading jazz/blues musicians. She also began work as a session singer, recording commercials and vocals for other artists. This led to her fronting an R&B cover band “Motor City” which eventually brought her to living and working in Beijing, China. It was her life in China which inspired her first album “A Taste of Life”, and this is when she began being compared to artists like Sade, and Minnie Ripperton.

Returning to Toronto, Sharon recruited the services of well known producer and musician Andrew Craig, as well as Henry Heillig to realise her dream. Armed with Toronto’s best musicians, including Rich Brown, Adrian Eccleston, Mark McClean, Neil Brathwaite and more, “A Taste of Life” was brought to form. The album is indeed a reflective masterpiece, encompassing Sharon’s love of Jazz, Blues, R&B, World Music and Gospel. For more information, visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brookssharon .

Sharon Brooks then moved to Montreal and embedded herself within the industry, becoming one of Montreal's most sought after vocalists, performers and writers. Her endeavours led her to DNA Productions in Montreal, where she began co-writing her second album with producer David A Sturton. Together the two completed her sophomore EP “Defining Me”, which also includes collaborations with James DeSalvio of Bran Van 3000, Liquid also of Bran Van, Ghislain Brind Amour(Planet Studios, Montreal), Jude Prophet & Patrice Agboutu (All Good Music), and Jean Leloup(LeClerc).

Sharon then began working closely with Canadian Multi-Musician performing group KALMUNITY Vibes Collective. In the summer of 2005, Sharon’s gospel track "Follow You" from her first album was selected for the Montreal Mass Choir's debut DVD recording. She also had the honour of performing with the choir at The Metropolis, one of Montreal's largest and well known venues. Her fierce on stage persona, has led to her performing a hosts of festivals including Barbados On The Water Festival in Toronto with The Everything Irie Jazz Ensemble, Musique Du Monde Festival, Montreal, The Funk N Soul Festival, Montreal, Tremblant Music Festival, Maximum Blues Festival and Diverscite, Montreal performing alongside Crystal Waters, and Francofolies Festival with Le Confrerie. In fall of 2008, the dedicated musician also produced a track featuring 30 of Montreal’s top artists and musicians. The project called “Shine” is dedicated to providing music targeted to aim funds for worthy causes.

Sharon has also performed as a back vocalist for European sensation and UMA Winner Omar and grammy nominated pop superstar Martha Wash, Deborah Cox and Jonas. Her track Outside & Inside produced by G&F Productions, was recently picked up for the My Jazzy Soul compilation released in the US. She was also added to the Press Play and Walk Away Compilation where her track Secrets is becoming increasingly popular on Southern US stations.

After wrapping up tour of Morocco, Sharon then moved to Australia where she immediately started winning the Aussies over.  She performed at the famous Caloundra Music Festival and Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues festival to name and few, and in 2012 she joined Brisbane powerhouse funk band PocketLove as the lead singer.  The group has since been invited to perform at the world reknowned Woodford Festival and in 2015 released two new singles which are already taking Aussie airwaves by storm.

Discography

Discography:
2001 - A Taste Of Life
2005 - Defining Me (EP)

Movie Soundtrack:
Silent Men

Online tracks:
www.reverbnation.com/sharon
www.myspace.com/sharonbrooks
www.cdbaby.com/brookssharon
www.audiostreet.net/sharonbrooks

Sharon's voice can also be heard on the following:
The Voodoo Monx (The Voodoo Monx)
The Free Oxygen Band (FUNKOSYNTHESIS)
La Confrerie
Michelle Sweeney (This Time)...
and so many more...

Set List

Sharon Brooks delivers the goods live. Her shows are hype, musical and creative, blending her natural funk and caribbean flow to hard core rock grooves, and playful, memorable melodies.

Her sets can range from 25 mins to a two hour show depending on the venue.