Maia Sharp

Maia Sharp

by Maia Sharp



Maia Sharp occupies fertile ground on her Concord debut, gathering strands of R&B, pop, and jazz and tying them together with her talent as a singer/songwriter. It many ways her eclectic approach harks back to a number of Sharp's early-'70s influences, like Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell. These influences, along with her saxophone work, even evoke the sound and style of these artists. While this may make her difficult to categorize in a contemporary market, it doesn't make her difficult to enjoy. Her airy vocals are buoyed by full, though non-busy, arrangements of electric guitars, saxophones, and percussion. The album opens with "Crimes of the Witness," co-written with the singer's father, Randy Sharp. While the song dates back to 1998-1999, lyrics like, "You pray a prayer and pledge allegiance" strike a contemporary note of patriotism in the summer of 2002. Sharp, however, is more concerned with society's have-nots than with jumping on the bandwagon. Cuts like "Long Way Home" and "Sinners" gravitate closer to traditional singer/songwriter material, concentrating on the ups and downs of relationships. Sharp avoids the usual clichés of the genre, though, by casting a broader net, seeking to universalize the personal. She also writes songs with a strong sense of melody, meaning that a listener can enjoy them even without the lyric sheet. "One Good Reason," for example, with its lovely violin and deeply felt vocal, is achingly beautiful. All this is to say that this album can work in a number of ways: as a fine batch of songs, a solid singer/songwriter effort, or a collection by a lovely vocalist. Whichever category one prefers, Maia Sharp offers something fresh and pleasing.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431215028
catalogNumber: 2150

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maia Sharp   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Sampling,Vibes,Djembe,Shaker,Wurlitzer
David Batteau   Guitar
Mark Addison   Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Hi Hat
Jonatha Brooke   Background Vocals
Jerry Jones   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Lennon   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Randy Sharp   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Jimmy Earl   Bass
Joshua Segal   Violin,Viola
Joe Zimmerman   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Daris Adkins   Electric Guitar
Janet Robin   Banjo,6-string bass
Chris Ralles   Percussion,Drums,Shaker
Ronnie Manaog   Drums
Andy Georges   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Djembe

Technical Credits

Mark Addison   Producer
Sharon Bays   Introduction
John Burk   Executive Producer
Maia Sharp   Producer,Engineer,Atmosphere,Introduction,Percussion Sequencing
Randy Sharp   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Introduction
Jimmy Earl   Loop
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Andrea R. Nelson   Art Direction

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Maia Sharp 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Maia in concert recently and she brought down the house. Of course, they sold out of CDs before I could get a chance to pick one up so I had to wait and order it. It was NOT a disappointment. She is an excellent, multitalented musician. Anyone who can appreciate that should have at least one Maia Sharp CD in their collection.