Sharrie has a powerful voice, with a range that can reach and rattle the castle tower one minute, while soothing the soul of a crying child the next, she possess an unaffected nature, which gives her grace and a sensibility that pays homage to the great female artist of rock and blues without ever being imitative, in short, Sharrie Williams is the real deal, a true original. She brings you in, by singing her insides out, hearing her is a pure delight, but seeing her perform will make you a believer. Williams has a warm and radiant stage presence, that takes hold of you and capture your imagination and captivate your senses, the sound of her voice is compelling, it promises redemption. Sharrie’s unique style of Rockin Gospel Blues is surrounded by strong and powerful arrangements that cuts right into your soul. Her smoky, sexy and imitable style always leaves her audience calling for one more song. Sharrie emerges with grace as a humble and rock solid professional, a talented songstress that stands on her own.
Raised in the projects but deeply rooted in gospel , Sharrie began singing at the age of twelve with the Greater Williams Temple C.O.G.I.C church choir, recording and touring, under the direction of Hubert J. Williams, she performed with Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, Shirley Caesar, The Winans, and James Cleveland. As a young artist, Dr. Marian McKinnie challenged Sharrie with extensive vocal training in jazz, gospel, concert music and drama, she was able to combine her singing with acting. Touring with Snap productions in a hit play, I Need A Man.
Sharrie sings the blues because she lived the blues, mental, physical and drug abuse, poverty stricken, most would say what’s the use. Homeless, battered, and even beat death, as a Motherless child, the blues is what Sharrie knows best. By Gods grace she made it out alive and on the rise. Tina Turner, Etta James, KoKo Taylor and Billie Holiday help form her unique style, she has a talented, energetic band in tow, The Wiseguys, they hit you hard and they won’t let you go!
Williams has given great and unforgettable performances in blues festivals, clubs, cathedrals such as Buddy Guys Legends, Kingston Mines, Terra Blues, Biscuit & Blues, Poconos Blues Festival, North Atlantic Blues Festival, Mount Tramblant Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Utrecht, Peer and many other festivals in the USA as well as Europe. Over her years Sharrie has had the opportunity to collaborate with national recording artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Guy, Larry Garner, KoKo Taylor, Holmes Brothers Bobby Blue Bland, Joanna Conner, Delbert McClinton, Jonny Taylor, Ruth Brown, Ike Turner, Charlie Musselwhite, Taj Mahal, Honeyboy Edward’s, Solomon Burke, Lucky Peterson, Robert Randolph, Ruthie Foster, Robin Rogers, Deitra Farr Shemika Copland, Betty Lavette, and Jeniva Magness.
Crosscute Records of Germany released two of Sharrie’s very first international CD’s in 2004 Hard Drivin' Woman, 2007Live at Bay Carr Blues Festival in France, as well as a Live DVD. Sharrie’s talent and passion for her music has placed her in great demands in Europe as well as America. Touring Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Africa, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Dubai United Emirates, Canada and still counting.
America now knows what Europe has embraced for the last decade. In January of 2007, Michael Cloeren, Founder of Pocono’s Blues Festival, introduced Sharrie Williams to Andrew Galloway, President & Founder of Canadian based Blues label Electro-Fi Records. In that same year, Electrofi Records signed and released Sharrie’s very first North American CD, I’m Here To Stay, produced by Michael Cloeren. November 2012, Electrofi records released Sharrie’s new CD entitled, Out Of The Dark. Andrew Galloway, reports
Sharrie Williams is extremely talented and at the forefront of a new generation of Women Blues Artists.
Chevrolet featured her as, artist of the month in Jet, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Essence and Emerge with an open face spread, famous photo by Grammy award winning photographer, Tom Bert. She has been featured in Big City Blues and Living Blues, Blues Revue. Sharrie has been on the front cover of British Blues and French magazine Blues Feeling. Sharrie has been featured in several European magazines, such as, Juke Blues, Soul Bag, Block, IL Blues, German Blues News, Rollin & Tumballin. MS. Williams has appeared on major European telavision, Sharrie was nominated in 2009 & 2012 Soul Blues Artist of the year, she was also nominated in 2008 as Traditional Blues Artist of the year, she is aalso 2012 recipient of L’Academie du Jazz Album of the year held in Paris France. Ms. Williams emerges with a fresh sting, a queen bee, that humbles herself in the spotlight shadows as the Princess of The Rockin Gospel Blues.