I would like to say I attended The Juilliard School of Music, however I did not. My school of music would begin through the years of listening to the music of the great legendary vocalists and accomplished composers of past and present. -Sharon Lee Grace
‘Here’s To Life” This CD shows the versatility in improvisation, distinctive tone colors and personal performance techniques of Sharon Lee Grace Vocalist, Dana Marsh Piano, Michael Berry Drums, Rich Lamb Bass and Bob Rebholz on Sax and Flute.
Sharon was born in Boston, Massachusetts venturing in music, theatre and dance. She is an Alto- Mezzo- Soprano whose vocals are soothing with grace or harsh with vigor, her diction is perfect and her natural vibrato colors and embellishes certain notes as she sings. Sharon’s improvisation of timing is credited to old movies of ragtime music, for she is an old soul of back alley blues and jazz. Sharon states “every vocalist wants to be identified by their own originality yet I cannot help wanting to just touch the spirits of the great vocalist that I so much respect and admire. Sarah Vaughn, Alberta Hunter, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainy, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland and the great Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn.
“Here’s To Life” title was not only selected for its beautiful music and lyrics, it resonated a personal fit for Sharon’s return to the World of Music. Many people ask Sharon how she selects her songs to record, “ I believe they select me, she laughs” Example, while in session recording, Michael Berry suggested she sing Moondance, Sharon responded,” lets do it”. One take and it was recorded. Sometimes the music selects you.