is a bassist, writer and entrepreneur from Chicago, Illinois.
He is a proficient player on the upright, electric, and synth basses, reads
music, and is a music director, arranger, and producer.
At age 17, he was chosen from among hundreds of musicians from all
over the United States to play in the Grammy All-American High
School Jazz Band- an Elite group of the countries Best up and coming
young jazz musicians. He went to Los Angeles to perform alongside
Branford Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval at the Grammy awards
ceremony. The following year, he was awarded a Full academic and
music scholarship to DePaul University in Chicago, where he graduated
with a BA in Music.
Sharay got his first break in gospel music when he recorded upright
bass on Yolanda Adam’s “Songs from the Heart” album with hit
producer Percy Bady. From there, he has gone on to play in the bands
of Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin, R. Kelly, CeCe Winans, Boys II Men,
Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, and Chaka Khan, to name a few.
Sharay Reed recently attended DePaul University in Chicago, and has earned
a Master’s Degree in Composition. He plays in
the bands of Aretha Franklin, R. Kelly, and Yolanda Adams and does
freelance bass playing for a wide variety of artists and projects. He is
active in ministry on Chicago’s south side and plays bass for both the
Salem Baptist Church of Chicago and the Mar’s Hill Baptist Church.
Sharay is a Fender Artist and he endorses Gallien Krueger Amplifiers/Speakers and Dean Markley Strings.
He is married and has 3 children.