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Surrogate Lovers

by Sharif

Sharif's popularity as an artist is rooted in his innovative sound, distinctive airy voice, and electrifying stage presence. His music is smart poetry, an appealingly inventive blend of edgy emo sounds with likable pop rhythms.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You're My Girl
3:55 $0.99
2. Surrogate Lover
3:22 $0.99
3. Simple Ways
4:46 $0.99
4. Lauren
3:46 $0.99
5. Sixty Seconds
4:05 $0.99
6. Respect
3:38 $0.99
7. It's on Me
3:01 $0.99
8. Just Another
4:38 $0.99
9. Paradise
4:11 $0.99
10. Photograph
2:24 $0.99
11. Pass the Silence
3:00 $0.99
12. Time Rolls Back
3:14 $0.99
13. Sweet Angel
11:07 $0.99
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Sharif's popularity as an artist is rooted in his innovative sound, distinctive airy voice, and electrifying stage presence. His music is smart poetry, an appealingly inventive blend of edgy emo sounds with likable pop rhythms. His voice is frequently likened to that of the late Elliott Smith, and his songs, while fresh and original, contain musical threads of bands like The Lemonheads, Bright Eyes, The Beatles, and Ryan Adams. With high onstage energy and extraordinary sex appeal, Sharif is one of today's most engaging performers. As one reviewer wrote, "He is a talented, musically gifted, ingenious songwriter with a distinct charm, wit, and sex appeal to rival any performer in pop music today."

Sharif began his career performing at venues in Charlottesville, VA, where he also earned a BA in Marketing from the esteemed Commerce School at the University of Virginia. After gaining a large following within the University community, Sharif embarked on his first album, "Kiss the Moon," an inventive compilation of original songs. He was invited to produce his album with an impressive cast of musicians and producers who had previously worked with artists such as The White Stripes, Sonic Youth, Dave Matthews Band and Jason Mraz. Sharif celebrated his first CD Release Party at Starr Hill Music Hall, owned and run by world-renowned manager Coran Capshaw. The debut album drew laudatory reviews and large crowds to Sharif's shows. Not only was "Kiss the Moon" a successful musical effort, but also a personal triumph. Sharif said, "'Kiss the Moon' was an actualization of everything I was musically and spiritually at that point in my life. It was very real and pure."

Sharif began to tour internationally, playing large venues in Europe, California, New York, Virginia and Washington, DC. He was invited to play at the Friday's After 5 Concert Series in Charlottesville, VA, a hot spot which regularly hosts nationally recognized bands. During the tour, "Kiss the Moon" became widely acclaimed, and was soon receiving substantial airplay on major radio stations. Sharif was invited to play live performances on the radio, and even landed several television spots performing his hits, among them "Lauren" and "You're my Girl."

After touring behind his highly acclaimed first record, Sharif immediately began work on his follow-up. While recording, Sharif invited members of Whiskeytown, David Gray, and Jason Mraz to stop by the studio and contribute to his new record. After months of recording, mixing, and remixing, “Surrogate Lovers” was finally ready for distribution. Sharif once again celebrated the release of his new record at the prestigious Starr Hill Music Hall in April 2004. “Surrogate Lovers” has since enjoyed rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Two of the fourteen new tracks on this record have already been selected to appear on the popular rock compilations “Station Break” and “DecentXposure,” and the song "You're My Girl" appears in the hit TV show "South of Nowhere."



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henomenal guitar playing paired with spirited lyrics and a pleasing voice showca
Surrogate Lovers beautifully melds Sharif's clever songwriting skills and eclectic range of musical abilities into one beautiful package. Combining an imaginative blend of edgy sounds and likable pop rhythms using assorted vintage and atypical instruments, Surrogate Lovers crosses several genres of music. “You're my Girl" and "Simple Ways" are reminiscent of popular Lemonheads songs, while "Time Rolls Back" and "Respect" evoke modern jazz-inspired melodies. In "60 Seconds" and “Surrogate Lover”, Sharif delves into alt-country, deriving inspiration from Old 97s and Whiskeytown. In fact, Mike Daly, Whiskeytown's guitarist, plays lap steel on "60 Seconds" and a few other tracks. Phenomenal guitar playing paired with spirited lyrics and a pleasing voice showcase Sharif's vibrant energy in every track. Surrogate Lovers is one of those CD’s that you will leave in rotation, simply for the feel-good response every song evokes.

Chris Jahnke

A brilliant piece of work!
I was pleased with the versatility in music, the heartfelt lyrics and museful theme.
Surrogate Lovers offers a taste of upbeat pop/rock, melodic ballads and bluesy jazz.
The song Sixty Seconds is pure americana for any country music lovers.
There is something for everyone, and this cd is easily enjoyed time and again.
I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates variety and brilliance for their listening pleasure.

Mark Riler

Do yourself a favor and buy this record now!
I bought this record after seeing one of Sharif's shows in NYC. Great performer, and an even greater record. Very eclectic. The songs range from acoutic rock to grungey, but they all fit together perfectly. Simple Ways is one of the greatest 'adult alternative' love songs I've heard in a while. Lauren is catchy as hell, and the title track just rocks! Good luck Sharif!

Nikolaus von Knorring

A lot of variety
Guitar based music with a lot of variety inside the genre of pop/rock. Sharif delivers the lyrics in different moods with mid range vocals. Best song is Paradise, listen to that guitar work…. nice!