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Atlanta, GA, United States, 2007/10/16 - The second CD by vocalist Sharon Rae North, "The Way You Make Me Feel," is a classic in the making with an enticing blend of memorable remakes and originals that take the listener on a smooth, timeless jazz journey.
Passion and sophistication embrace jazz vocalist Sharon Rae North’s sophomore CD entitled “The Way You Make Me Feel.” The CD will be released on Oct. 18, 2007, on the independent label Northstar Entertainment.
The CD is inspired by the many facets of love – good and bad – because love touches everyone’s life, says North. “The Way You Make Me Feel,” has been a labor of love for North, who took her time selecting and writing songs for the CD over the last two years. The result is a CD that blends classics like “One,” originally recorded by Three Dog Night, which North gives a unique ballad treatment, and Donny Hathaway’s “We’re Still Friends,” with original songs co-written by North and producer/guitarist Vic Smiley.
North was introduced to “We’re Still Friends” as a youngster and instantly felt a connection with Hathaway’s heartfelt rendition. “I knew if I ever did a commercial CD ‘We’re Still Friends,’ would be on it,” says North. The ensuing track is a stunning, bluesy version of “We’re Still Friends” that represents North at her sultry best. The full-bodied title track “The Way You Make Me Feel” is a jazz standard in the making.
In addition to producer/guitarist Vic Smiley (Gloria Gaynor, O’Jays), North collaborated with a team of veteran musicians including keyboardists Christian Robinson (Fred Wesley, Mike Phillips), Niles McKinney (Gerald Levert, Regina Belle), Keith “Keecho” Rawls (Peabo Bryson, Jean Carne) and Vick Robinson (Men at Large, Rude Boys); saxophonist DeWayne Martin (India.Arie, Luther Vandross) and bassist Jon Roberts (Patti Austin, Earl Klugh). Background vocals on the CD were provided by Melvin Sephus (Gerald Levert, Rude Boys).
North, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, has opened for major artists including Patti LaBelle. She has performed at the famed Apollo Theater and the annual Bayfest Music Festival in Mobile, Ala. She has also headlined at numerous events, including the Summer Concert Series in Durham, N.C.; Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwold Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Ga.; Isaac Hayes Nightclub and Restaurant in Memphis, Tenn.; and the legendary Twins Jazz in Washington, DC.
The CD can be purchased online at Northstarent.net, cdbaby.com and myspace