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Sincerely Yours has made the first ballot in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for the GRAMMY AWARDS. How wonderful is that!!

The album dropped on July 6.  Quite a few great things have happened since then.  I signed a management deal with KASE-QTR Productions (KQP).  I'm being represented by Tony Smith at KQP for management/booking services.  

Sincerely Yours is doing great and even reached the #14 spot on the U.K. Soul Chart Top 30.  Maybe there's a European Tour in my future. 

There are stations playing it that aren't even on the list, but have reached out to me. Bola Sonola in Lagos, Nigeria is spinning, Jeff Young and Star Point Radio in the U.K. are spinning, iVybeRadio, my friend Bob Baldwin at NuUrbanJazz, WJMX Smooth Jazz Internet Radio and many others.

Here's just a partial list of where "Sister Moon" and other songs from Sincerely Yours have been spinning. 

Billboard Airplay

107.3 The WAVE/Cleveland

WVAS/Montgomery, AL 

WQTQ/Hartford, CT

KUAP/Little Rock, AR

WFSK/Nashville, TN

KJLU/Jefferson City, MO

WVST/Richmond, VA

KUNV/Las Vegas, NV

WEIB/Springfield, MA

WHOV/Norfolk, VA


Specialty Show Airplay

KXPT/Las Vegas, NV

KTSU/Houston, TX

KQXT/San Antonio, TX

Smooth Jazz Airplay

Smooth Grooves Radio/UK

WUSB/Long Island, NY

WVOF/Fairfield, CT

KYTE/Newport, OR

Smooth Jazz Tampa Bay

KPVU/Houston, TX

KUR/Reading, PA

WJAB/Huntsville, AL

Pamela’s Place (Specialty Show on KUNV/Las Vegas, NV)

WZBC/Boston, MA

WWUS/Key West, FL

KSHK/Kauai, HI

KOKY/Little Rock, AR

WRTC/Hartford, CT

WHCJ/Savannah, GA

WCSF/Joliet, IL

KJFJ/Vallejo, CA

TMStudios/Music Sampler for In Store Airplay & Armed Forces Radio

WVOD/Manteo, NC

KRWV/Phoenix, AZ

Smooth Jazz Florida

 Smooth Jazz South Florida 

Love Smooth Jazz 

Love Jazz Florida

Love Smooth Jazz Music

Smooth Jazz CD101.9 New York

Smooth Jazz Mix New York 

Smooth Jazz New York

Smooth Jazz NYC

Smooth Jazz Planet

Smooth Jazz Zone

Smooth Jazz Oasis

Smooth Jazz Smooth Wave

A1 Smooth Jazz

WTCC/Springfield, MA

WQTQ/Hartford, CT

WDPS/Dayton, OH

WDAF/Kansas City, MO (HD-2)


My campaign with Smooth, (see my banner at the top), has begun and we're on a mission to get this project to as many stations and ears as possible.  

If there's an Adult Contemporary or Smooth Jazz station in your area, please call and request "Sister Moon" by Sharon Rae North. Meantime, if you'd like to check it out, here's Sister Moon

I was fortunate enough to have a couple of heavy hitters to work with me on "Sincerely Yours." Fred Sawyers, a prolific songwriter and vocalist (isaac Hayes, Will Downing, etc.) wrote lyrics and did vocal arrangements. And Chris "Big Dog" Davis wrote music and produced the project (Maysa, Phil Perry, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Pieces of a Dream, etc.). Speaking of Pieces of a Dream, I also did some recording with the band's co-founder and keyboardist, James Lloyd. I spent time in studios in Ohio, Atlanta and Connecticut completing this project. 

August has been very busy.  Whew!!  I performed at the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont for the 7th straight year.  When I say it was the hottest year so far... I mean it.  It was around 101 degrees during my show.  The heat was oppressive, but the show was even hotter than the temperature.  The following day I had a performance on WTVR Channel 6 promoting my CD release party for "Sincerely Yours" and what a magical night that turned out to be.  The band was absolutely wonderful; the venue was nearly sold; the audience was great... everything was just perfect.  People in the crowd were calling out for "Mystery" and "Lonely Nites" which are both on Sincerely Yours.  

OMG, my show in July in Akron at Blue Jazz+ was bananas.  As a native Ohioan, it was great that so many people came out.  Youngstown, Cleveland, Akron all represented.  There was even a birthday party booked for Deputy Mayor Marco Sommerville that brought in a large group.  Of course, it helped that his lovely wife, Debra NORTH Sommerville is my first cousin.  Still, for as many people as I knew, there were just as many who were seeing me perform for the first time.   I've been invited back!!!  I was also in Ohio in April for a show at Natalie's in Columbus.  SOLD OUT!!!  It was a great evening.  I'll be returning to both venues after the first of 2017.

Whole NoteAnd, I've decided to scratch another life-long dream from my bucket list.  I started a company called Whole Note Music, LLC and I've decided to start promoting concerts (every now and then).  My second Bad to the Bone Blues Bash is coming up on February 12, 2017 at Henrico Theatre. Performers include Andrew Alli and the Mainline, Urban Hill and Forrest McDonald Band.  

Ever the journalist, I'm also doing some freelance writing for the Jazz in M.E.E. Magazine. So far I've done pieces on Grammy Award winning vocalist Vincent Ingala, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, Dianne Reeves, Maysa, Bob Baldwin,Paris Escovedo, Marqueal Jordan, Jay Gore, Terry Wollman, Rob Tardik and quite a few others. 


So, I have a lot going on that's keeping me busy and challenging me vocally; all of which helps me grow as a musician and as an entertainer. Please know that I really appreciate the support I get from you.  It's always nice to know that my work is enjoyed and appreciated by others.  

Now, go on and take a look around and please make sure you click on the titles at the top of each page to maneuver around the site. Make sure you check out "Catch Me Here" to check out my calendar and find out where I'll be. Hopefully, you'll be there, too.

After your visit, please make sure to drop me a line and let me know what you think of the site...and the music!!  I'm looking forward to hearing from you!