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The Way You Make Me Feel

by Sharon Rae North

Very sultry and soothing. Smooth and easy to listen to. A voice with a tremendous amount of discipline and control.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. The Way You Make Me Feel
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2. The Things You Do To Me
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3. One
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4. Something About
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5. It's No Wonder [I'm in Love]
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6. We're Still Friends
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7. Gotta Get Away
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sharon Rae North’s mother once told her, “No matter what you do on the outside, you’re a singer on the inside.”

This talented songstress sings jazz (straight-ahead, contemporary, smooth, etc.) and standards. Though, she often adds in some jazz versions of R&B and Top 40 hits. Her first commercial CD released in October 2007.

“Sassy, sensual, soulful and spectacular…Nina Simone with a little bit of Della and Ella tossed in for color,” is how Jazz DJ Carmen Brown of 98.3 WDLT-FM [Mobile, AL] describes the vocals of Sharon Rae North on her new smooth jazz CD “The Way You Make Me Feel”. It has already received a glowing review from www.Jazzreview.com.

Producer/Arranger, Vic Smiley’s familiarity with North’s voice and style resulted in pinpoint accuracy in accommodating what reviewer Nina Goodrich of Jazzreview.com describes as …”a smooth delivery punctuated with impeccable timing and firm control over the flowing notes.”

For this project Ohio-born, now Atlanta-based, Sharon Rae North recruited a group of stellar musicians to create a CD that Goodrich predicts “will rate high on the charts, crossing jazz, pop, Soul, R&B and find a home with hip listeners everywhere.” Her accompanists include Vic Smiley on guitar; Niles McKinney, keyboardist for the late Gerald Levert; background vocals by Melvin Sephus of The Rude Boys and Jon Roberts on bass.

Sharon also has opened for major artists, such as Patti LaBelle. She was tapped to sing the National Anthem before an audience of thousands during the annual 4th of July celebration at the Double-A, 5-Diamond Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, which is recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as “one of the best places in the world to stay.” She has headlined at numerous events, including the 2006 Summer Concert Series in Durham, NC.

Sharon has worked with Joel “Razor Sharp” Johnson, keyboard player for funk-masters Bootsy Collins and George Clinton, piano virtuoso Frank “Buzz” Amato, who accompanied Curtis Mayfield for many years, pianist Walter Bland, the only musician listed on the soundtrack of the HBO series Oz. Walter also has written scores for PBS shows and NPR programs. Others include, drummer Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson, who played with jazz great Jimmy Smith for nearly two decades, keyboard player Keith “Keecho” Rawls, who played for Peabo Bryson and for the UniverSoul Circus, and keyboardist Danny Jackson, who has produced for Grammy winning artist India.Arie. She also has worked with Michael “Kid Funkadelic” Hampton, lead guitarist for George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic and has done sessions with Clarence “Doctor Bob” Ross, the current saxophone player and back-up singer for the Isley Brothers and music programmer for Chaka Khan, En Vogue, New Edition and many others. She has performed with Jerry “Louie” Poindexter, veteran keyboard player for the “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown and jazz recording saxophonist, Derwin Daniels. Derwin also produced Sharon’s first CD, a 4-song demo, has received airplay in the United States and abroad. After performing “Get Here” at New York’s famed Apollo Theater, Sharon was asked by C.P. Lacey, also known as “The Sandman”, to sit in with his nine-piece band. She performed a live duet with recording artist Cherelle and sang back-up at an event for singer/actress Rain Pryor [Richard’s daughter].

Sharon’s current band includes guitarist Vic Smiley [Gloria Gaynor, Gerald Levert, other national recording artists], saxophonist Kenneth Faison [Gloria Gaynor, Jennifer Holiday and many others], keyboardists Antoine Hollins [Lionel Hampton, Wyclef Gordon, James Moody] and Earl Fleming [Tyler Perry, Teena Marie]; drummer Tracy Williams [Van Hunt, The Pace Sisters and Martha Munuizzi] and bass players Michael Jackson and/or Jon Roberts [Patti Austin, Earl Klugh].

Sharon performs nationally and will soon perform internationally, having been invited to headline in Shanghai. She also has had requests to perform in at Croatia’s Jazz in Lapidarij Festival and in Taiwan and Portugal.

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Sandy Shore

SmoothJazz.com Review
Silky smooth, seductive, spot-on vocals are what you’ll find on this delightful release from Sharon Rae North. The Ohio-born, Atlanta-based singer recruited an exceptional group of musicians for this sophisticated recording, including producer/arranger Vic Smiley on guitar as well as Niles McKinney (Levert) on keys, Melvin Sephus (The Rude Boys) on supporting vocals and Jon Roberts on bass. Sharon’s voice reminds me of a fresh Anita Baker… it’s that smooth and commanding. The quality and control of her vocals are truly impeccable and trust me when I tell you that this consistency is a rare find in the world of vocals. The majority of the tracks on THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL are written or co-written by Sharon with the exception of a very evocative version of the Three Dog Night classic, “One,” and an intoxicating cover of Donny Hathaway’s “We’re Still Friends.” In addition to the breezy and easy title track, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” my favorite tune is the deliciously soulful and sensual “Something About.” This 7-song collection is one of the most compelling vocal projects to cross my desk in a good while. It is my desire that Sharon Rae North is not only featured on Smooth Jazz radio across the U.S. and abroad, but also embraced by the Smooth Jazz community all over the world. That’s the way her music makes me feel.
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Tymeka McNeal

The Way You Make Me Feel by Sharon Rae North
I absolutely love this album!!!!
If you love jazz, you have to go out and get it!!
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Frances

Outstanding
Marvelous... simply marvelous.
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Karen Bouye

The Way You Make Me Feel
The CD is very good. I listen to it everyday. Sharon has a great voice.
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Son OF Pearl

Smooth LIke Ice
The total production and the vibe that she sends is beyond the groove. It becomes the air that you feel on your face if you were at sea so free... so free Son Of Pearl
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DEBBIE

I LOVE THE WHOLE ALBUM
SHARON, SHARON !!! WHAT A GREAT ALBUM. I KNEW U ALWAYS HAD IT IN U, BUT GIRL U SOUND "GREAT".. I TOLD JIM TO COME IN A GUESS WHO HE THINK WAS SINGING THE SONG'S.. HE COULDN'T.. I SHOWED HIM UR PICTURE AT THE TOP, AND HE SAID "DAMN" LMAO.. HE SAID U GO GIRL...!!! CONGRAT'S SHARON, I HOPE U MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP.. "JUST DON'T FORGET ABOUT UR BUDDY "ME" LOL.. LOVE AND MISS U.. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK HUN, U SOUND GREAT!!!!!
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derwin daniels

Purely good music
Sharon Rae North has incredible talent and diplays it on this CD. Her music is pure, and jazzy.
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Brian R West

Wessex Man
This Lady has Soul, I really enjoyed the whole experience, I listen to as often as I am able.
Sharon has such a great voice. Encore, encore!
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Kendra N. Bellamy

Smooth & Satisfying!
Sharon Rae North has a talent that has yet to be discovered for the greatness that it is. "The Way You Make Me Feel" is a wonderful compilation of songs that will keep you humming to the lyrics and swaying to the tempo. It's Sharon's best work to date. I highly recommend it to any jazz lover.
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Anjanette Levert

Great for A Hot Night
This is one of those albums that should be a part of the "making moves" repertoire. Once Sharon starts singing, her vocals melt any inhibitions the listeners might have which makes for a warm winter or sizzling hot summer. Enjoy
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