Welcome!! Thanks for stopping by to browse my website! My music is one of the most important aspects of my life and I'm so happy to be able to share it with you.
Well, I'm back on my feet again…literally. I was sidelined for a minute with a broken ankle and spiral fracture on my left leg. Far be it from me to try to walk down carpeted stairs in my stocking feet. Between the hard cast and the orthopedic boot I was pretty much out of commission for about 10 weeks, plus an additional six weeks of painful limping and only wearing tennis shoes. Needless to say, my summer gigging was nearly non-existent. But, I'm okay now!! Yayyy!!! And I'm starting to get my calendar in order for 2015. So, let the booking begin!
This summer I was invited to submit a song for the Women In Jazz South Florida (WIJSF) Music Collection Volume V. So, I submitted the title cut from my cd "The Way You Make Me Feel." The project drops in January 2015. It features so many fabulous female artists, such as Joan Cartwright, Ragan Whiteside, Gail Jhonson, Carolyn Wilkins and several others. It's a beautiful project with many different styles of jazz. If you get a chance to check it out, you'll really enjoy it. I also hope you'll check out the Women In Jazz South Florida website.
Here's some great news!! I've been nominated in the category of "Best Black Female Vocalist of the Year" for the 2nd Annual Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Awards. Please take a minute to vote for me. I'm really excited about this opportunity. You can vote up to 5 times daily from the same IP address. You also can use your smartphone. Please vote!! The awards ceremony will be held in Atlanta on March 1, 2015 at The Buckhead Theater. For more information, go to the event website. There are a large variety of categories with an even more vast array of vocalists, instrumentalists, authors, etc. This will truly be a memorable gala.
Also, a few months ago I started a Go Fund Me campaign to support production of my next studio project. So far it's going well, though, not quite as well as I'd hoped. It started out really strong, but has been tapering off. Hopefully it'll pick up again. I'm trying to raise enough to at least get started by early 2015. I'm really excited because I'll have award-winning national keyboardist, Bob Baldwin, on a few songs. So, if you can spare a few dollars, click on the Go Fund Me widget above and help me make this happen.
Some exciting things have happened lately, including the acceptance of my application to be a voting member of Washington, DC chapter of The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards). It was a bit of a stringent process, but I did it. I'm extremely proud of that achievement. And check it out; I've been invited to the Grammy Awards Ceremony in February.
This just in: I've started yet another venture. It's called SunRae Jazz Band. It's me, along with a group of extremely talented and versatile musicians. We're still in our infancy right now, but we'll be booking gigs shortly. We did our band photo shoot and our video is coming soon. I'm really excited about this. Check us out at SunRae Jazz Band. Of course, I'll still be doing gigs as Sharon Rae North, with other musicians, too, but these are the guys who will be with me when I'm just in the mood for nothin' but jazz and standards.
In August I returned to the Richmond Jazzfest at Maymont. The line-up was bananas and I was so glad to be a part of it. Since the festival's inaugural year in 2010, I'm the only artist who's been there every year. Now, that's saying something!
My performances were fabulous at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. I was on the Main Street Stage for two shows and at the Cox Fine Arts Center for a jazz set. And, I'm also preparing to schedule my return visit to the Metropolitan Room in NYC. My inaugural show there was fabulous, (if I do say so myself), and I've been invited back. So, mark your calendar for February 7.
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 Dianne Reeves, Paris Escovedo, Marqueal Jordan, Jay Gore, Terry Wollman and Rob Tardik. After my performance at Richmond Jazzfest, I managed to track down Reeves and got her to sign my copy of the magazine, right near the byline. I was really excited about that!
This thumbnail is the cover for my "Gee Baby" cd. It contains some of the most beautiful songs and standards ever written. Click on 'merchandise' at the top of the page to order yours today. It's also available digitally on iTunes, Spotify, etc. Check out some of the reviews it's been getting that are posted on my site.
Well, my six night cabaret show "Something Wonderful: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein" was absolutely fantastic. Shout out to CenterStage in Richmond, Virginia, those who attended the shows and all of the media outlets where we received coverage and promotional opportunities.
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!