Chart Topping British Born Singer, Musician and Author, "Sharon Musgrave" Has a Fascinating Rhythm!

Updated: Jan 23

Hi Sharon, our readers would love to get to know you more. Can you tell us a little about where are you from and how did you get started in music?

I was born in Britain. My parents had immigrated their when they were young. Then they immigrated to Canada in the ’70s and while they were setting themselves up, they sent myself and siblings to Dominica West Indies, their homeland. We stayed with Grandparents for a few years before we reunited with them in Canada, then I immigrated back to Britain to pursue a career in music by the advice of a family member who saw me performing at a beauty pageant in Toronto. I had always been writing songs. I collaborated with several people, made many submissions, and went to A&R interviews and so on. I finally had a hit record with a song I wrote called Fascinating Rhythm, after a few years.

Prior to your success what did you see as a major drawback by being a new artist?

At the time I didn’t see drawbacks, but I certainly felt that I was being kicked back a few spaces after each A&R interview, until finally one of my projects was approved by Virgin Records and became a top 10 hit on the British charts and had worldwide success in the dance charts.

What is your vocal range?

I’m very comfortable in the range of Tenor, my lowest note is F# and my highest is G#

What have people who had heard your music say about your vocal style that sets you apart from another vocalist?

Once I was told that I give goosebumps, that’s my favorite. I was told my voice was angelic, but I’m far from being an angel as I’ve learned it. I’ve heard words like magnificent, amazing, and awesome, but of course there are many other artists who have been told that. My producer says what sets me apart is my dynamic range and I phrase like a horn player. I think my background of three different nationalities in my past add to the distinction of my voice. Overall, I think it’s my soul that makes me different.

As an independent artist, what are some of the challenges you face?

OMG, there has been many. The main one is getting heard. Most of the time you have to pay to get heard and even when you do, the promoter could easily take your money and give you nothing no matter how big or small they are as a company. I’ve spent big money, little money, it doesn’t matter if the promoter is not genuine. You also have promoters from different parts of the world using bots to add views/numbers on your work. If only they would work as hard as the independent artist in their own field both could get closer to their goals in the business side of things.

In my experience social media use to be great for getting your music heard but year after year the owners of these social sites put all kinds of restrictions to keep artists like myself from getting to the people. They have a name for it, but I call it Algor rhythm. I’ve learned that that is what algorithm is, a set up for the benefit of whoever sent the program. It’s certainly not been made for an independent artist to succeed, not as far as I’ve seen. I made more money from music sales in the beginning of my independent career than I do now, and I’m doing the same thing, I’m doing even more now, and my music is better. For example, I signed up to SoundCloud for direct accounting from views and I’ve never heard back from them, and I’ve got thousands of listeners there. And if I send out a personal picture on Facebook, I’ll get lots of hits, but send my music out? Algorism stops it in its tracks. That’s how it’s been for me. You put your music out, get great reviews but you can only be viewed by as many people as they decide. These are the challenges.

How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it before?

My genre is neo soul or nu soul, which to me, means a different edge off R&B, still it’s classic soul, that’s my main influence, which also includes a touch of jazz and blues. I collaborate a lot so you will find my voice on deep house and chillout beats as well.

Who are your musical influences?

Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Prince, Bob Marley, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Teena Marie and others. After years of listening to these artists I finally found my own voice.

How do you prepare yourself mentally for public opinion (either positive or negative) when you’re preparing for a new song release?

I don’t think like that, I just let it go and hope for the best. If the results are bad, I think, is it me? Could I have done something better musically? The answer is always no :-) I work with where I am at the time and do the very best I can with it.

What other talents do you have that your fans may not know about you?

I am writing a book called “Koob of the Songbird”. It’s based on a singer and the saga of her life as she journeys through pre-dynastic Kemet/Egypt. I’ve star