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Saturday, 05 May 2012 09:31

Barbadian born Sharon Brooks continues to WOW the music industry Featured

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In an industry as fickle as life itself, few have what it takes to endure and make it to the top. It’s a fine balance of networking and talent, which when combined can make or break an artist in today’s music industry. One such artist who has endured the rigors of the rat-race is Sharon Brooks.

Born and raised in Barbados, Sharon’s extensive 16 year career includes a resume of working with the who's-who of the music world. She began at the age of 16, winning the Richard Stoute Teen talent competition, and then moved on to working as a backing vocalist with the iconic Caribbean super-group “Spice & Company”.

From there the journey was onwards and upwards. Her credits include working with Nigel & Marvin Lewis, Beres Hammond, The Mighty Sparrow, John King, The Mighty Gabby and a host of other Caribbean stars. Sharon describes her start in the industry as “…an experience second to none.

I had a start most artists dream of, with the advice and guidance of people who had been there and done that. I was very lucky to have worked with some of the great names. I never take that for granted.”

Her professionalism and reputation preceded her, and upon moving to Canada, the sensational “Brooksie” as she is affectionately known, was soon becoming a household name on local stages and in studios. Sharon was soon racking up credits working with some of the biggest names in Canada and the US.

She began fronting several cover bands and after a short stint in China returned to Toronto to pen her first album “A Taste Of Life” (available on ITunes). The Sade-esque type release created the buzz she needed and before long Sharon was appearing on soundtracks (My First Wedding, Silent Men) and touring across Canada with her music.

Her move to Montreal further heightened her career and Sharon was soon one of the most sought after vocalists in Montreal. FW Magazine Toronto described her as “…a welcomed addition to the Canadian music scene,” and the Montreal Mirror adds “Local voice Sharon Brooks opens up her soul for a hot minute on this glimpse of more to come. Just a taste, but it tastes good! ”, with an 8 star out of ten review of her second album “Defining Me”.

Sharon is currently living and touring in Australia, and already the Caribbean star has taken the scene by storm. Her new album “Black Rock” is projected to be an instant hit, drawing from her Caribbean background and infusing her love of Rock and Alternative music.

“It’s truly going to be a blend of everything I love. I refuse to limit myself to any genre or market, because these days it pays off to be versatile. I also chose the name Black Rock as it’s the region I lived in Barbados and I am so proud of my Bajan heritage.”  

February 2012 saw the release of a new music video which Sharon defines as a very personal story and message. “We dedicated the video to anyone suffering with a mental illness or depression as it seems to be plaguing our music society, and lately with the passing of so many icons, especially Whitney Houston, who was my ultimate inspiration, I thought I needed to dedicate the song to the cause. “

Sharon continues to tour Australia in 2012 and will also be writing for several Canadian and Barbadian artists and producing music for film. She had this advice for upcoming Caribbean artists. “It takes a lot of stamina and perseverance to endure in this industry. You have to keep your head on and be open to change and movement.

You should also always be proud of who you are and where you come from, as this will always be reflected in your art. An excellent example of this is Rihanna whose tone and style is unmistakably Barbadian, and we are very proud of everything she is achieving and growing into as an artist. It’s also important for us to support our own artists, as the Caribbean is just a small part of an extremely large world community. When we can go out there and dominate another region it speaks tons about our staying power, stamina and unique cultures.”



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