Sharon Musgrave is an England born, Canada raised / residing, singer-songwriter of Dominican parentage. Her recording début was with vocals, for several William Orbit remixes, on Camouflage's "Love is a Shield" (1989, Atlantic) and her latest is the album "Outflow" (Nov 2010, Zosar).
Musgrave shot to prominence in 1991 whilst collaborating with Orbit, on Bass-O-Matic (aka Bassomatic). They achieved international status with the hit "Fascinating Rhythm" (Virgin), which Sharon co-wrote. An album soon followed, cementing the group’s worldwide status as a credible dance act and Sharon’s ability as a writer. A world tour established Bass-O-Matic as an act that could cut it live, due in large part to Sharon’s stage presence. In an interview with the UK’s Record Mirror, William Orbit, (Grammy for Madonna’s "Ray of Light"), throws accolades Sharon’s way saying, "I don’t have to worry about playing live when I’ve got Sharon on stage with me, because she’s a consummate singer," William adds "No worries, she’s done it all. The studio’s my home, the stage is hers!"
In 1992 Sharon was invited by WEA to work with jazz pianist Julian Joseph. She collaborated on the "Language of Truth" album singing the Curtis Mayfield song "The Other Side of Town". This track was eventually used as the single from the album. The video for this track inspired a Teacher’s Whisky commercial, in which Sharon appeared, playing a blues singer in a 60’s bar scene, singing the classic Billy Holiday track "No Greater Love". Sharon gigged with Julian promoting the "Language of Truth" album as the opening act for such jazz greats as Herbie Hancock.
Sharon’s studio work in England, both as a writer and session singer, led her to work with Courtney Pine, Maxi Priest, and other notable writers and producers.
Then came the international release "Nobody," a dance track included on the groundbreaking CD "Soulfragettes", (Recoup/Timewarp). This is a unique compilation of powerful R&B female singers. Sharon’s track was singled out for special attention, and is included on a number of other compilations one of which also includes Nora Jones, Simply Red and Coldplay.
Since returning to Canada Sharon has enjoyed a successful solo career both live and on record. Her Canadian self produced solo release in 2001, "Selah" (Zosar Records) earned her two nominations, "Best Songwriter" and "Best Spoken Word", for the title track of the album "Selah," at the prestigious Urban Music Association of Canada award show. Jude Kelly, VP of UMAC claims "The title track "Selah" is especially brilliant". The video for this track achieved top twenty status on the Bravo video chart.
Her most recent work was a collaboration with British producer Steve Miller on his latest "After Life," album entitled Electrosensitive. She co-wrote and performed the soul-psychedelic dance track "Fantasy," released on Defected records and Bar Grooves.
Sharon now embarks on her second solo CD, taking her time to slowly engage her audience in a new and refreshing easy on the airs soulful experience of passion and sentiment. Musically, her new groove is a fusion of soul, jazz, rhythm and blues. She continues to remain true to herself with her positive and conscious lyrical content. With her album due for release early in the new year, we can all get a small and delightful sample of what is to come with her recent release of two tracks off the album, "Beautiful Music," and "Outflow".
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