Sharon Rae North

Sharon Rae North

 Richmond, Virginia, USA
BandJazzR&B

Powerhouse vocalist, often compared to Randy Crawford, Oleta Adams, Nina Simone and other heavy-weights. Yet, by its own nature, style, tone and purity, Sharon's voice is a smooth, sultry and unique sound you don't want to miss.

Biography

Sharon Rae North’s mother once told her, “No matter what you do on the outside, you’re a singer on the inside.”

This talented songstress sings jazz (straight-ahead, contemporary, smooth, etc.) and standards. Though, she often adds in some jazzy versions of R&B and Top 40 hits. Her first commercial CD “The Way You Make Me Feel” continues to receive airplay internationally and has received phenomenal reviews and sales from around the globe.

Sharon's countless performances include opening for major artists, such as Joe Sample and the Crusaders, Jean Carne and Patti LaBelle. She's opened for Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Boney James, Norman Brown and several other national artists at this summers Jazz at Maymont Festival in Richmond, VA. .

Sharon has performed at venues and events nationwide, such as the famed Twins Jazz in D.C., the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Isaac Hayes Restaurant in Memphis, Tennesee, and was a regular performer at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA, which is the same venue where country music superstar Carrie Underwood got married in July.
She was tapped to sing the National Anthem before an audience of thousands during the annual 4th of July celebration at the Double-A, 5-Diamond Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. She was asked by the King Center in Atlanta to sing at a special memorial service for the late Corretta Scott King. She has headlined at numerous events, including the Summer Concert Series in Durham, NC and the Main Street Jazz Festival in Greenville, SC.

Sharon has worked with Joel “Razor Sharp” Johnson, keyboard player for funk-masters Bootsy Collins and George Clinton, piano virtuoso Frank “Buzz” Amato, who accompanied Curtis Mayfield for many years, pianist Walter Bland, the only musician listed on the soundtrack of the HBO series Oz. Walter also has written scores for PBS shows and NPR programs. Others include, drummer Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson, who played with jazz great Jimmy Smith for nearly two decades, keyboard player Keith “Keecho” Rawls, who played for Peabo Bryson and for the UniverSoul Circus, and keyboardist Danny Jackson, who has produced for Grammy winning artist India.Arie. She also has worked with Michael “Kid Funkadelic” Hampton, lead guitarist for George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic and has done sessions with Clarence “Doctor Bob” Ross, the current saxophone player and back-up singer for the Isley Brothers and music programmer for Chaka Khan, En Vogue, New Edition and many others. She has performed with Jerry “Louie” Poindexter, and Roberty "Mousey" Thompson, both band members for the “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown and jazz recording saxophonist, Derwin Daniels of "Sugarfoot's Ohio Players". Derwin also produced Sharon’s first CD, a 4-song demo, which has received international airplay.

After performing “Get Here” at New York’s famed Apollo Theater, Sharon was asked by C.P. Lacey, also known as “The Sandman”, to sit in with his nine-piece band. She performed a live duet with recording artist Cherelle and sang back-up at an event for singer/actress Rain Pryor, daughter of late comedian Richard Pryor.

Lyrics

The Way You Make Me Feel

Written By: Sharon Rae North

Warm like a summer breeze,
Wind caressing the leaves,
That's how your love holds on to me.
Cool like the ocean mist,
Moist like our every kiss,
The way your love just sets me free.
Ohh, the way you make fee feel. Our love is here to stay.
And ohh our feelings are so real, yes we'll always be this way.
Footprints in the sand,
We're walking hand in hand,
Watching sunrise and sunset.
Dinner by candlelight.
We'll cuddle up all through the night.
Making love we won't forget.
Ohh, the way you make fee feel. Our love is here to stay.
And ohh our feelings are so real, yes we'll always be this way.
Ohh, the way you make fee feel. Our love is here to stay.
And ohh our feelings are so real, yes we'll always be this way.

Discography

"The Way You Make Me Feel" - 2007

"The Things You Do to Me" - 2003

Set List

A typical set list lasts about 50-60 minutes and is a vibrant mixture of songs that often include smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, straight ahead jazz and R&B.