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

ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT

 

Title cut from Sincerely Yours hit the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart in June 2018.  The single released to radio on March 19, 2018 is currently spinning globally.  

  • 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 EP, peaked #14 songs "Sincerely Yours," "Lonely Nights," "Sister Moon" on U.K. Top 30 Soul Chart

BIO

Sharon Rae North is a talented songstress who sings jazz (straight- ahead, contemporary, smooth, standards). Her latest album, a Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary EP titled Sincerely Yours was a first ballot contender in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017 and has had two songs hit the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart, "Lonely Nites" and the title track, "Sincerely Yours."  

 "Lonely Nites" took off like a rocket, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart. In addition, It also peaked at #16 on the Smooth Jazz Top 50 chart and spent a significant amount of time on many secondary charts.  

Sincerely Yours was produced by two-time Grammy nominated hitmaker Chris “Big Dog” Davis dropped, the first single, a cover of Sting’s “Sister Moon,” immediately soared to #5 Billboard Most Added Smooth Jazz, #4 Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Albums and charted/went on playlists worldwide. It where it peaked at #14 on the U.K. Soul Chart.  

Her previous CD “Gee Baby,” a collection of straight-ahead jazz standards, followed in the footsteps of her first studio CD, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, a Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary project which continues to receive airplay in markets internationally and has received phenomenal reviews.

Sharon 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. Following her performances at the Jazz at Maymont festival in Richmond, Va. Baldwin has expressed an interest in working with her. 

She has performed at venues throughout the U.S., including Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, The Metropolitan Room in New York City, Natalie’s in Columbus, Ohio, Blu Jazz+ in Akron, Ohio, Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation, Capital Ale 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). 

Sharon returns to the studio with "Big Dog" and "Freddyboy" in late 2017 to work on her next project.  There will be some other renowned producers on the upcoming project as well.  Stay tuned.  

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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

CALENDAR

1st show - SOLD OUT - RJS Presents The Jazz Side of Aretha Franklin

Capital Ale House Music Hall , 623 E. Main St. , Richomond, VA 23219

Aretha Franklin’s Jazz roots featuring DESIREE ROOTS with special guests SHARON RAE NORTH & EVE CORNELIOUS

Aretha Franklin is well known as The Queen of Soul, but in the 1960’s Ms. Franklin performed and recorded Jazz music on television, in clubs and concerts on the same bill with such greats as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Count Basie and even sang with the iconic Duke Ellington at The Newport Jazz Festival. She continued to use Jazz concepts in much of her music throughout her career.

2nd show - SOLD OUT - RJS Presents The Jazz Side of Aretha Franklin

Capital Ale House Music Hall, 623 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219

Aretha Franklin’s Jazz roots featuring DESIREE ROOTS with special guests SHARON RAE NORTH & EVE CORNELIOUS

Aretha Franklin is well known as The Queen of Soul, but in the 1960’s Ms. Franklin performed and recorded Jazz music on television, in clubs and concerts on the same bill with such greats as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Count Basie and even sang with the iconic Duke Ellington at The Newport Jazz Festival. She continued to use Jazz concepts in much of her music throughout her career.

Feb17

POST VALENTINES DAY WEEKEND - Always Anita: Sharon Rae North Sings Anita Baker Hits

Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Road, Richmond, VA 23229

For more than 30 years Grammy Award winning vocalist Anita Baker has wowed crowds with her phrasing, tone, texture and beautiful contralto voice. For many years Sharon Rae North's audiences have made subtle comparisons between Baker's and North's, voices, often asking North if she sings any of Baker's hits. Tonight she will. North will perform a special Valentine's Day show of ALL Anita Baker tunes.
This is a MUST HEAR show.