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Sharon LaMotte

Sharon LaMotte’s love affair with music and art has been a feature of her life from the beginning. Her total emersion in the world of jazz happened relatively late in life. She began to sing several years before meeting Bill Gerhardt and at his urging, started working professionally. She hascontinued to study with the great Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton in New York City. Her knack for choosing material that is perfectly suited to her is uncanny. Her set list includes unfamiliar, modern compositions, as well as standards ranging back to the 1920’s. Sharon’s delivery is highly personal and direct. Her trademark is a pure, unembellished interpretation that relies on tone and phrasing to communicate the lyric and melody. Another aspect of her style that sets her apart is the unique arrangements which are conceived with Gerhardt. Often compared to Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie and Astrud Gilberto, LaMotte performs with velvet tone, sincere and sexy honesty.


”Sharon LaMotte sings with a refreshingly pure honesty that connects straight to a song's emotional core.” ~ Kendra Shank

“Sharon LaMotte is a fine professional jazz vocalist. She organizes many concerts and workshops and promotes jazz music. She is a real asset to the jazz community!” ~ jay clayton

“What more can one ask for when it comes to a deep love of jazz music? Sharon LaMotte is a very dedicated musician who has a wonderful feeling for the music and has gone to great lengths to keep it alive through her own performances and through promoting the performances of others

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Sharon provides a weekly jazz vocal workshop at the Asheville Music School SE 126 College St., where students are explore jazz singing and practice improvisation. While focusing on the many aspects of jazz language they are encouraged to take risks while performing in a comfortable supportive environment. She helps singers who are just beginning as well as seasoned singers to uncover their unique voice and develop their own style and delivery of tune

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