Sharon Sable is one of the region’s most beloved jazz/ pop vocalists. Her repertoire includes everything from The Beatles to King Crimson, and Ella Fitzgerald to Bjork. When she is not performing in clubs & concert settings, she is playing wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours, in addition to other private events. Her recently released debut album Love Evermore, includes original arrangements of timeless standards with a theme of universal love and the path of awakening.
What are your earliest musical memories and what kind of music did you hear at home when you were growing up?
I have been in love with music since I can remember. As a young kid, I loved show tunes and pop music. Stevie Wonder was (and still is) one of my favorites. My first singing teacher taught me some songs from The Great American Songbook. Learning those songs was so helpful for my ear because many of them were written so well. When I was 18, I started to really dig into the music of that time and fell completely in love with the music of Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Blossom Dearie and many, many others.
As a teenager, you got to work with some pop music heavyweights. Tell us how that came about and some of the artists you worked with.
I was in a vocal girl group and we performed for a Q102 showcase in Philly where a management team noticed our potential. They were well connected so with a lot of hard work, about two years later we were signed to a record deal with LaFace/Arista records, based in Atlanta. We recorded with Boyz II Men, Babyface, Kool and the Gang, Diane Warren and all kinds of great producers in that era of pop/R&B. The group album was never released, which happens a lot in the music business. However, one of the girls in our trio went on to become the artist known as Pink. You can hear some of the songs we recorded as a group on her first album.
What did you take away from that experience?
I learned how to work hard at my craft, study the greats, and stay on the path. I also learned that what really makes me happy is being a part of the whole creative process. As an independent artist, I am able to have control over the things that matter to me.
You perform in many different settings from clubs, to festivals, private parties, corporate events and weddings. What is the key to a successful event?
I think the key to a successful event is choosing the right music for the mood and energy you want to create. Asking, “How would I like for people to feel (at my event)?” is a good start. Lighting is a nice touch too.
For private parties and weddings, you perform a wide range of material. Give us some examples of the artists you include in your set lists.
Depending on the event and the client’s requests, it might include songs from artists of the ’50’s and 60’s like Frank Sinatra, Astrud Gilberto, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, etc. It can be really fun to do some of these tunes in a bit of a modern way, especially if it’s a younger crowd. Timeless pop artists (from many eras and genres) such as Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Paul Simon, etc. are always great choices. I also love mixing a few classic ’80’s,’90’s, & ’00’s songs from artists like Tears For Fears, Cyndi Lauper, Sade, Peter Gabriel, and Coldplay. And, if it’s the right vibe for the event or a special request, you might hear a country or blues tune, or a set of French songs.
How do you choose new material to keep your repertoire fresh?
I listen to and love all kinds of music and I add anything that speaks to me. It also really helps that I work with super talented and creative musicians who are able to play anything and have fun with it every time!
February is notable for Valentine’s Day and the celebration of love. What are the most requested love songs for your audiences?
Sam Cooke’s classics like, “Cupid”, “You Send Me”, and “Bring it on Home to Me”, are always crowd pleasers, especially around Valentine’s Day. They feel familiar, even if you have never heard them. “La Vie En Rose” (or anything in French) always makes people feel romantic. I love throwing some songs about heartache in there too.. we’ve all felt it and its cathartic to hear it in music. And, of course, there are many songs about universal love that I’ve found and love to share with people. “Love’s in Need of Love Today” by Stevie Wonder is one of my favorites.
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