“It is my desire that Sharon Rae North is not only featured on Smooth Jazz radio across the U.S. and abroad, but also embraced by the Smooth Jazz community all over the world.”
— Sandy Shore | Smoothjazz.com
I’ve already got two songs ready to go for the next project, which will drop in January 2022. I’m so excited to be working again with hit-making, multiple Grammy nominated super producer Chris 'Big Dog' Davis. Also, joining me for a song or two is another hit-making producer, two time Grammy winner, producer/guitarist Paul Brown.
The new EP will be a follow up to the 2019 Billboard charting single, Moments, featuring Marion Meadows, which also was a 1st ballot contender in the Grammy Awards. This marked the 3rd consecutive summer with a song on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart. In 2018 it was Sincerely Yours, the title cut from the last EP. In 2017 Lonely Nites, a single from "Sincerely Yours", spent 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #15.
In late 2020 I started a crowdfunding campaign for the new project. Though we pushed back the release date due to COVID, still feel free to contribute.
The campaign link, which include the below video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U--aFse-un0&t=6s
Milestones from EP "Sincerely Yours"
Singles from Sincerely Yours and the EP reach milestones!
- Sincerely Yours EP 1st ballot 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Best Jazz Vocal Album Category
- Single "Lonely Nites" 11 weeks on Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart, peaked #15
- Single "Lonely Nites" month Jazz Top 50 and Top 20 Charts, peaked #16
- Sincerely Yours songs on U.K. Top 30 Soul Chart "Sincerely Yours," "Lonely Nights," "Sister Moon" on U.K. Top 30 Soul Chart
- Sincerely Yours songs spin on BBC Radio
Sharon Rae North is a talented vocalist who sings Jazz (straight- ahead, contemporary, smooth, standards) and Adult Contemporary music.
She sounds just as good live as she does in the studio. She puts on a fabulous performance and has opened for many national acts, including Bob James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Patti LaBelle. She has been included among opening acts for artists such Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Stanley Clark, Boney James, Chuck Mangione, Norman Brown, Poncho Sanchez, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin and many others.
She has performed at venues throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Serenade en Chalabre Festival in Chalabre, France, Tin Pan in Richmond, Va, Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, VA, Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, Triad Theater and The Metropolitan Room in New York City, Natalie’s in Columbus, Ohio, Blu Jazz+ in Akron, Ohio, Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA, Second Street Festival and Capital Ale House Concert Hall in Richmond, VA, Sambuca in Atlanta, GA, the Hippodrome in Richmond, VA. Isaac Hayes Restaurant in Memphis, Twins Jazz in D.C., James River Cellars in Richmond, VA, Bayfest in Mobile, AL, CenterStage in Richmond, VA, Fridays at Sunset and Jazz at Maymont in Richmond, VA, Durham Summer Music Series in NC.
Sharon has performed and/or recorded with top musicians in the industry, including Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Maysa, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Alex Bugnon, etc.), vocalist/vocal arranger Fred “Freddyboy” Sawyers (Isaac Hayes, Will Downing), James Lloyd (Pieces of a Dream), piano virtuoso Frank “Buzz” Amato (Curtis Mayfield), Others include, Robert “Mousey” Thompson (James Brown) and Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson (Jimmy Smith), keyboardists Earl Fleming (Tyler Perry band and Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players), the late Keith “Keecho” Rawls (Peabo Bryson and UniverSoul Circus) and guitarist/producer Vic Smiley who wrote the music to the title cut from her 2007 EP The Way You Make Me Feel, and produced the project.
Sharon returned to the studio with Grammy nominated producer Chris "Big Dog" Davis in 2019 to work on her next project. Stay tuned.
Sincerely Yours is a sexy jazz bomb of epic satisfaction... featuring sweet sax, contemporary, relaxing grooves and the pièce de résistance, Ms. Sharon Rae North's silky smooth vocals. Sandy Shore | SmoothJazz.com Global
Sharon Rae North’s new project Sincerely Yours embodies a true regal vibe. Her classy delivery and multifaceted vocals take this project to a new pinnacle. She appeals to many musical desires with her diverse selections. “Mystery” explores her engaging musical demeanor, while "Lonely Nites” embraces her sexy, but edgy influence. This project showcases her songful authenticity, musical distinctiveness and will take its rightful place in our collections for timeless enjoyment. A must have for all music lovers. Melody Warren, Editor | The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine
Rae North's new project is jazzy & soulful with inspiring vocals. A very well produced project that captures the essence of jazz. Al Taylor, Host - Programmer | Smooth Jazz Sunday 94.3 WYBC-FM
Sincerely Yours... makes me want to dance! My One and Only Love ... smoking hot and ‘saxy’... puts me in another time and place. Mystery... competitively contemporary - right on time! From the first note, Sharon catches listeners and wraps them in a silky smooth net with her cover of Sister Moon. Lonely Nites keeps you company as Sharon blankets listeners with her enticing sound. Carmen Kennedy, On Air Host |107.3 The WAVE | SmoothJazz247.com | hot923thebeat.com