Sharon Brown (singer)

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Sharon Brown is an American singer-songwriter and musician who was born in Harlem, New York, US. She is the niece of songwriter Phil Medley, who co-wrote the song "Twist and Shout".[1] She is also the daughter of drummer William Brown, who played with musicians such as The Isley Brothers and Cannonball Adderley.[2]

Brown co-wrote and sang backup vocals on the 1976 release of CBS Rock Band "Blood Sweat & Tears" Mirror's Image " LP song titled "Love Looks Good On You" former lead vocalist for "Rare Earth" Jerry La Croix. In addition to starting her own music publishing company, Tshaym music publishing company BMI, she has also worked with acts such as Ronnie Dyson from the Broadway hit play Hair singing "Aquarius". Sharon Brown also acted as musical coordinator and songwriter worked alongside Todd Rundgren.[2]

She and her band mate keyboardist Ronnie Bishop wrote a song called "The Family Tree" in 1975, which was recorded by Al Chilsom, Gart Alexander and Sharon Brown in Los Angeles in 1976. Sharon Brown left LA and returned to the East Coast only to find years later her song "Family Tree" had become a huge underground hit. It was licensed once by Sharon Brown and OST Recording based in the UK to release "Family Tree" around the world, that, despite receiving club play in both the US and the UK, has never been officially received or in FM radio rotation.[2] She had a hit single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1982 with the song "I Specialize in Love", which was written by Lotti Golden and Richard Scher. This song spent three weeks at #2 on the Club Play chart, crossed over to R&B Dance Music Charts and became the number one club song requested around the world and has stood the test of time, released in 1994 and in 2002, and again in 2011, her only solo song to reach this survey.[1] "I Specialize in Love" was later covered by the group Exposé in the 1990s. Other songs recorded by Brown in the early to mid-1980s include "Love Don't Hurt People", "Programmed Heart" and "I'll Make You Feel Like the First Time".[2]

In 2003, Brown appeared as the defendant in an episode of The People's Court. The plaintiff in the case was singer Carol Douglas, who had entered into an agreement with Brown that caused a dispute between the two singers. Judge Marilyn Milian asked both to sing briefly, with Brown delivering a snippet of "I Specialize in Love" and Douglas singing from her 1974 disco song, "Doctor's Orders".[citation needed]

Brown resides in New York City, where she works to raise awareness about gang violence and spread positive messages through her writings and recordings. She is also active in prison ministry.[2] Sharon Brown has new music available on iTunes "Give Love A Chance" and on Traxsource "Thinking Of You Part One & Part Two", and "EveryRoad" on the MusicUnderground Label. Sharon Brown "I Specialize In Love" is visible on Facebook and Twitter also known as "Shakerr" and Sha Butter on her many other Facebook pages. Sharon Brown was also married to fame guitarist Jullian Junior Marvin from Bob Marley and the Wailers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 46.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sharon Brown Answers.com. Retrieved 26 May 2009.