Tom Sharpe | Lifting the World

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Lifting the World

by Tom Sharpe

A bold, epic, modern day symphony by Tom Sharpe, drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller and Dennis DeYoung (founding member of STYX).
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  Song Share Time Download
1. World Speak
2:27 $0.99
2. The Truth in the Light
1:34 album only
3. A Belief of One
2:10 album only
4. Lifting the World, Pt. I
8:24 $0.99
5. Three Stories
7:00 $0.99
6. Counting Crosses
2:44 $0.99
7. Bloodline
6:56 $0.99
8. What the Shadows Taught Me
3:30 $0.99
9. The Cathedral Is Where You Are
6:26 $0.99
10. The World Remains, Still
2:29 album only
11. Until They All Can See
1:46 album only
12. Lifting the World, Pt. II
4:25 $0.99
13. The Light in the Truth
3:25 album only
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Album Notes
Lifting the World is a bold new original symphony by Tom Sharpe, Drummer and Percussionist for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller, and Dennis DeYoung (founding member of STYX).

A powerful musical journey, Lifting the World exhibits clear indicators of an artist evolving and expanding the limits – crossing many genres into an elegant and epic masterpiece. Comprised of a full choir, orchestral musicians, and an arsenal of east meets west percussion and piano, this modern day symphony creates a real world feel of a place where the listener goes, from the depth of their soul to their ears and mind.

Intricate and emotional, like an unexplainable dream, Lifting the World is equally uplifting and tragic, ritualistic and majestic, - a 21st century Carmina Burana.

Lifting the World is, in one word, Alive.

TOM SHARPE is an internationally recognized, award-winning composer, performer, and recording artist. He is a sought out clinician and performer of his own works, and the artistic director and principal performer of the SHARPE WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE. Along with his own music, Tom is the drummer for the widely popular, Grammy award winning group, MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER, as well as DENNIS DEYOUNG, the legendary singer/songwriter/pianist of the famed rock group STYX. Tom is a former member of the popular Chicago based group JELLYEYE DRUM THEATRE, and of the CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO. Tom currently resides in the Chicagoland area.

Tom is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from DePaul University in Chicago. He has spent years developing his unique style of visually stimulating performance and lyrical composition. A classically trained musician, Tom has blended his orchestral background with world music instrumentation and cinematic imagery to create an experience that invites the listener into the heart of the musical moment – wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual.

Tom's debut CD "Like Setting Myself on Fire" was released to critical acclaim. The title track of the CD was voted “Grand Prize Winner” - World Music Song of the Year by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. "Trance-formation”, another album track, received honors as one of three finalists in the same category. Tom also won the 2007 Broadjam World Music Contest with “The Burning Sands”, and has been honored as a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition and the Unisong International Songwriting Competition. He has also received outstanding achievement awards in composition from VH1, Disc Makers, and the Great American Songwriting Contest.

Tom performed the world premiere of "Like Setting Myself on Fire" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. He was a featured artist at the 2004 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, and at the Nashville New Music Conference in Nashville, TN, for two consecutive years. In 2005 Tom was featured in the PBS Special “Arts Across Illinois”. In 2006 and 2007 Tom provided the live soundtrack for Dance Chicago’s World Rhythms and Dance series, International Rhythms series, and Grand Finale at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, as well as performed on stage. He was commissioned to write a world music ensemble piece that was performed at the National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis in March 2007, and premiered his first symphony for world percussion with his ensemble and the Elmhurst College Choir in concert in April 2007. In 2008, Tom performed at the “Great Performers of Illinois” festival in Millennium Park, Chicago. 2009–2014 has found Tom performing live as a solo artist, with his ensemble, with Mannheim Steamroller, and Dennis DeYoung, as well as guest appearances with Lenny Kravitz, Martha Davis of the MOTELS, Martina McBride, American Idol favorite David Archuletta, and select US tour dates with singing super-group IL DIVO. His national television performances include NBC’s Pandora Unforgettable Moments on Ice, the Oprah Winfrey Show, A+E, Nightline, PBS, and WGN.. In June of 2012 Tom was honored to have the unique experience of judging the Miss New Mexico Pageant for Miss America, and in 2013 he was a keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference. Tom is endorsed and represented by the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Sticks and Mallets, Aquarian Drum Heads, Black Swamp Percussion, HipTrix Glowing Percussion, the Illinois Arts Council, and Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education.



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