“From well controlled screams to venomous deeper sounds, he seemed to have the
perfect voice for any style the song required - a contrast to many of the vocalists at that
time, in that genre”. - Tim Monaghan, Guitar-Muse.com
LA based, but Midwest grown artist Stephen Shareaux was born and raised in Detroit,
MI. But it was later in Minnesota, where he would see KISS in concert for the very first
time, that he knew his career would be in music from that moment on in '79. Shareaux
fronted local glam rock outfit Dame and had a brief stint in The Metro All Stars before
heading to Los Angeles in 1987 to make a name for himself.
Shareaux arrived in LA to room with his former bandmate Michael Ward (School of FIsh,
The Wallflowers, Ben Harper, Gogol Bordello) who moved out there a year before him.
After going nowhere fast in his current band, he answered an ad in search of a lead
singer in Music Connection and Kik Tracee was formed merely days later.
Kik Tracee was signed to RCA and released 2 records, “No Rules” which was produced
by Dana Strum (Slaughter) and “Field Trip” produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the
Stone Age, Kyuss, Masters of Reality) and was recorded at the now infamous Sound
CIty Studios in Van Nuys, CA. Through his time with Kik Tracee Shareaux worked with
some of the industries top producers such as GGGarth Richardson (Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Motley Crue) and Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, KISS,
Pink Floyd) to name a few.
When Kik Tracee disbanded in 1993, Shareaux remained a well-known musician/
vocalist in Los Angeles and was a top audition choice by both Motley Crue and Velvet
Revolver at the time when both were without a frontman. The latter was chronicled on
VH1ʼs Inside/Out “The Search for Velvet Revolverʼs Singer”. Although Shareaux didnʼt
land either gig, his talent continued with other musical projects such as Revel 8, writing
and performing with Brynn Arens (Flipp, The Oddfathers), and landing the lead role of
JImmy in the musical staging of The Whoʼs Quadrophenia.
In between his partnered musical projects, Shareaux has continued to work on his solo
material. While having coffee at his favorite local spot, he had a chance meeting with
musician/composer/producer Bernie Larsen (original member of El Rayo-X, David
Lindleyʼs legendary band). Larsenʼs scope of his creative range is evident in the variety
of artists with whom he has played and recorded, including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson
Browne, RIcki Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. The pair subsequently
hit it off and days later Shareaux was at Larsenʼs Ojai, CA. recording studio laying down
tracks to what is now his debut solo record entitled “Golden”.
To say this debut solo effort is long overdue is a complete understatement. Although
heʼll never forget or deny his deeply rooted rock and roll past, this record is an amalgam
of his many influences, inspirations, and overall experienceʼs of being a music artist
through and through. Shareaux is the real deal and that shines through not only on this
latest record but in his live performances as well. He encompasses what a true lead
singer is and should be. End of story!!!
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