Renowned recording artist Sharon Musgrave brings a fusion of soul, jazzy funk and dance material with slick musical accompaniment equipped with positive energy. She’s traveled the world with top notch musicians and wrote a top-10 Pop hit called “Fascinating Rhythm,” with Producer, William Orbit. Traveling musically has given her enough experience and confidence to entertain you with a passion for people and song.
If you’re anything like me, and you wonder where all the good music has gone, aghast at the ever-increasing paucity of deep meaningful soul and the ever-increasing dominance of superficial, gimmicky R&B, then Sharon Musgrave’s 15-track album, “OUTFLOW” might reassure you. Sharon’s lineage is not only clear in her warm vocal tone, style and phrasing but also in the kind of music she chooses to make.
Sharon Musgrave has been compared to many other songstresses. In my opinion it should be the other way around. Sharon is the standard to which others of the modern-era era should be compared. Her performance is flawless and the music compliments and provides the perfect back-dropped balance and contrast against her beautiful timbre. The fact that she is able to do move between jazz, soul or funky compositions without compromising her own unique musical identity is a testament to her wonderful craft. But, the bottom line is Sharon is not bound by any labels – call it rnb, soul, jazz or whatever – she knows just what to do and how to do it. Her voice alone is enough to melt you!
Having never heard her previous albums so richly praised by critics and fans, “OUTFLOW” is a breathtaking awakening. The beautiful Sharon is different from her colleagues in many ways and it is this difference that makes her singing so unique. There are 4 songs on this consistently fine album that stand out as examples of her qualities of bringing both fine musicianship -which includes an uncanny ability to find the center pitch of the notes she sings, and arching a musical line to trace the most direct mode of communicating the lyrics linked to the melody and her almost self-assured sense of being an extraordinary performer: ‘Good Feelings’, ‘Beautiful Ones, ‘Why’ and ‘Overflow’. Not that she is in any way unsuccessful in the rest of this fine set of performances. It is simply that in these 4 vocal works; Sharon seems to rise out of the accompaniment mode and enters the atmosphere of great communication.
Sharon Musgrave’s voice is lush cream, warm and gorgeous, but at the same time her inherent musicianship is always at hand to assure that the singing remains clear and sentient. Perhaps as more lovers of fine music discover her, Sharon Musgrave will embrace the customary status associated with the particularly gifted and iconic singers of our time. Highly recommended!