Canada’s Tina Turner! This is what comes to mind when one thinks of this Barbadian born, Canadian based singer/songwriter. Sharon Brooks has wowed audiences worldwide with her charisma, on stage personality, vocal presence, oh and don’t forget the legs!. She has represented her country as Miss Barbados, worked in studio with Motown legend Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, performed live back vocals for Deborah Cox, Jonas, Omar and Martha Wash and continues to be one of the fastest growing underground names in Montreal.
Her step into music professionally, began at 16 working as a back vocalist with the popular Caribbean band Spice & Company. After touring with them for nine months, Sharon Brooks completed a degree in Mass Communications and went on to tour with John King & Jegna. It was with this group she gained the experiences of working with acts like Beres Hammond, Machael Montano, The Mighty Sparrow and more.
Juggling her music and modeling, Sharon joined her designer Wayne Smith to win The National Ambassador titles in 1995, and then went on to represent her country as Miss Barbados in the 1995 Miss Carival Competition in St. Vincent.
In 98, the persistent musician moved to Toronto, where she was fortunate to immediately work as a lead vocalist with “Collective Selective” a Jazz, group led by Henry Heillig, one of Toronto’s leading jazz/blues musicians. She also began work as a session singer, recording commercials and vocals for other artists. This led to her fronting an R&B cover band “Motor City” which eventually brought her to living and working in Beijing, China. It was her life in China which inspired her first album “A Taste of Life”, and this is when she began being compared to artists like Sade, and Minnie Ripperton.
Returning to Toronto, Sharon recruited the services of well known producer and musician Andrew Craig, as well as Henry Heillig to realise her dream. Armed with Toronto’s best musicians, including Rich Brown, Adrian Eccleston, Mark McClean, Neil Brathwaite and more, “A Taste of Life” was brought to form. The album is indeed a reflective masterpiece, encompassing Sharon’s love of Jazz, Blues, R&B, World Music and Gospel. For more information, visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brookssharon .
Sharon Brooks has since moved to Montreal and embedded herself within the industry, becoming one of Montreal's most sought after vocalists, performers and writers. Her endeavours led her to DNA Productions in Montreal, where she began co-writing her second album with producer David A Sturton. Together the two completed her sophomore EP “Defining Me”, which also includes collaborations with James DeSalvio of Bran Van 3000, Liquid also of Bran Van, Ghislain Brind Amour(Planet Studios, Montreal), Jude Prophet & Patrice Agboutu (All Good Music), and Jean Leloup(LeClerc).
One of her mottos, more done in meticulous mass, is exemplified as Sharon’s most recent addition to the line up of Canadian Multi-Musician performing group KALMUNITY Vibes Collective. In the summer of 2005, Sharon’s gospel track "Follow You" from her first album was selected for the Montreal Mass Choir's debut DVD recording. She also had the honour of performing with the choir at The Metropolis, one of Montreal's largest and well known venues. Her fierce on stage persona, has led to her performing a hosts of festivals including Barbados On The Water Festival in Toronto with The Everything Irie Jazz Ensemble, Musique Du Monde Festival, Montreal, The Funk N Soul Festival, Montreal, Tremblant Music Festival, Maximum Blues Festival and Diverscite, Montreal performing alongside Crystal Waters, and Francofolies Festival with Le Confrerie. In fall of 2008, the dedicated musician also produced a track featuring 30 of Montreal’s top artists and musicians. The project called “Shine” is dedicated to providing music targeted to aim funds for worthy causes.
Sharon has also performed as a back vocalist for European sensation and UMA Winner Omar and grammy nominated pop superstar Martha Wash, Deborah Cox and Jonas. Her track Outside & Inside produced by G&F Productions, was recently picked up for the My Jazzy Soul compilation released in the US. She was also added to the Press Play and Walk Away Compilation where her track Secrets is becoming increasingly popular on Southern US stations.
Sharon just wrapped up tour of Morocco and will be completing her third album upon returning to Montreal. The 2009 release is a distinctive step away from the softer side of Sharon, and already the more rock/funk attitude of this powerhouse artist is beginning to win over, new fans worldwide.
You can find her music anywhere online, including, Itunes, Facebook, Myspace, Reverbnation, and a host of other music providers.
2001 - A Taste Of Life
2005 - Defining Me (EP)
Sharon's voice can also be heard on the following:
Mark Berubé (What the Boat Gave the River)
Tim Smith (Harbor)
Liquid (Still Blue)
Voodoo Monx (The Voodoo Monx )
Snooky (Let's Talk About)
Michelle Sweeney (This Time)...
AFROKATS (Solid Pleasure “12”)
….and so many more!