Sincerely Yours dropped on July 6.
We started going for adds to radio playlists on June 27. The same day the first single, my cover of Sting's "Sister Moon," reached #5 Most Added on Billboard and #4 Most Added in the Top 50 Albums category on Smoothjazz.com. In addition, my radio promoter, Jason Gorov, informed me the single had been reported to the European charts by JazzNet247 Radio Europe (Austria).
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.
OMG, my show 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 home in Ohio in April for a show at Natalie's in Columbus. SOLD OUT!!! It was a great evening. I'll be in Akron on July 2 at Blu Jazz+. Akron is even closer to Youngstown, my hometown, so I'm really excited about it. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of family and friends. From what I hear, the venue is very intimate and tickets are REQUIRED. So, click on the link and get yours today!! I'll be there for another show after the first of 2017.
Meantime, I started a Go Fund Me campaign to support production of the project. It's not too late to make a donation. There's still a lot of work on the back end after a project is recorded.
And, I've decided to scratch another life-long dream from my bucket list. I've decided to start promoting concerts (every now and then). If all goes well, the first one will be in late July in Richmond, Va. OMG... can't believe I stepped out on this!! But, I'm really excited about it. I'll keep you posted on details.
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 next issue look for an article on my producer, Chris "Big Dog" Davis!!
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!