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Maia Sharp

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In 2005, Maia Sharp achieved a lifelong ambition, when Bonnie Raitt invited her to open for and perform with her on the road.

Now it’s your turn: If you’re hoping to hear music that will mirror, touch and maybe change your life, that dream comes true with Echo.

Produced by studio legend Don Was, Sharp’s new album heralds her ascension into the spotlight after being embraced by Raitt, Carole King, the Dixie Chicks, Art Garfunkel, Keb’ Mo’, Terri Clark, Trisha Yearwood and many others who have recorded her songs and treasured her talent.

From this point, the secret is out and Sharp stands on her own – a uniquely gifted singer, writer and multi-instrumentalist, whose peers are the most discerning artists in the business but whose music on Echo reaches out toward the wider world.

Her way with a melody, her sophisticated chord movements, the twist and flow of her lyrics all testify to a writing technique that’s equal to the best in the business. But what makes Echo triumphant is how all of these attributes serve the greater goal of stirring emotions.

To get to the point of creating and delivering songs like “Polite Society,” a raunchy anthem that might have sprung from some communion between Carole King and Neil Young, or the bleak yet tender character study of “John Q. Lonely,” or the wry ironies woven through the wordplay of “Whole Flat World,” or the restless introspection of “Where Do I Begin,” or especially the stark candor of “The Girl on Her Way,” Sharp draws from both a musically rich upbringing and her emotional and intellectual engagement with the perplexities of life.

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