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.
107.3 The WAVE
KUAP/Little Rock, AR
KJLU/Jefferson City, MO
KUNV/Las Vegas, NV
Specialty Show Airplay
KXPT/Las Vegas, NV
KQXT/San Antonio, TX
Smooth Jazz Airplay
Smooth Grooves Radio/UK
WUSB/Long Island, NY
Smooth Jazz Tampa Bay
KUR/Reading, PA BluesJazzRadio.com
Pamela’s Place (Specialty Show on KUNV/Las Vegas, NV)
WWUS/Key West, FL
KOKY/Little Rock, AR
TMStudios/Music Sampler for In Store Airplay & Armed Forces Radio
Smooth Jazz Florida
HD 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
WDAF/Kansas City, MO (HD-2)
My campaign with Smooth Jazz.com, (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.
And, 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 first one was the Bad to the Bone Blues Bash on July 31 at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs, Virginia. O-M-G it was ridiculous. I had Richmond Legend De Lady E, The Lawrence Olds Band and Bobby "Blackhat" Walters. In addition, there was a special performance by Vic Smiley, Jerel Crockett, Kent Frazier and Shinae Henley that was FI-YUH. People are already asking me when I'm doing it again. Stay tuned!!
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, Maysa, Bob Baldwin,Paris Escovedo, Marqueal Jordan, Jay Gore, Terry Wollman and Rob Tardik. In the current issue look for an article on my producer, Chris "Big Dog" Davis!! In the upcoming issue, look for an article about ME!!!
This thumbnail is the cover for my last "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.
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!