KevinSharpe
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Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Lead Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Keyboard, Vocalist - Alto.

ABOUT

Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kevin Sharpe began his musical career at the age of seven singing gospel in his church choir. By age eleven he was playing drums for that same choir and eventually became one of the primary drummers for the Church of God in Christ in the region. Later in college he studied classical percussion, arranging and choral conducting. The Springfield, Massachusetts native also studied voice with Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer and improvisation with Yusef Lateef. Since graduating with degrees in Music Education and Jazz Performance he has performed with jazz artists Archie Shepp, Charles Greenlee, and Steve Turré. He's done recordings with John Blake, Fellowship, soul diva Betty Harris and others. He was the conductor of the orchestral work A Celebration of Family Community and the Life of Primus Mason for the Springfield Arts Festival, and guest conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Holiday concerts. He toured Europe as a vocalist and instrumentalist. He's been a choral director for Dartmouth and Smith Colleges and he has also worked for several years as writer, music director and vocalist in the contemporary gospel group Fellowship.

Kevin Sharpe, 2007 winner of New England Urban Music Award, currently is leader of the modern Gospel ensemble The Kevin Sharpe Group, drummer / percussionist and arranger in the K. Sharpe Project a jazz based instrumental group, Percussionist/vocalist with the show "Raisin' Cane" featuring Jasmine Guy, workshop leader for and producer and engineer at SwingHigh Productions. Mr. Sharpe uses Noble & Cooley drums, Vic Firth sticks, DSSP Keyboard Pedals, and La Bella strings.

Contact email:infokevinsharpe or infokevinsharpegroup

Screen name:
KevinSharpe
Member since:
Mar 07 2010
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
35
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week

Influences

My mother, Max Roach, the Hawkins family, Duke Ellington, Led Zepplin, Yes, Teddy Reilly, Commissioned, The Who, Michael W. Smith, The Winans, The Police, Be Be & Ce Ce, the SOS Band, Rush, that Latin radio show I'd listen to in the afternoons, Igor Stravinsky, Chick Corea, Gap Band, Genesis, Fred Hammond, Prince, Elvin Jones, Avery Sharpe, Tito Puente, John Kee, Flyte Tyme, Van Halen, Ludwig Beethoven, Amy Grant, Phil Collins, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Cameo, all those old choir records from the 50's thru the 80's my mother had whose titles I don't know.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Vocalist - Bass:
Expert
Vocalist - Baritone:
Expert
Vocalist - Tenor:
Expert
Bass Guitar:
Expert
Drums:
Expert
Other Percussion:
Expert
Keyboard:
Expert
Piano:
Expert
Background Singer:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Rhythm Guitar:
Intermediate
Violin:
Beginner
Trumpet:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

Drums: 8 piece Noble & Cooley, 5 piece Mapex, 7 piece "mongrel" , Percussion: Toca timbales, bongos and djembe, LP congas, bells, and chimes, Roland SPD-11 octopad, various other percussion, Ludwig/Musser vibraphone, Keyboards: Korg Triton Studio and X3, Roland U20 and R5, Yamaha Clavinova (88) and Motif 7, Kawai K3, M-Audio 49 key controller, Hammond BV organ w/Leslie, 1914 Krakauer Bros upright piano, 1853-64 Woodward & Brown square grand piano, Guitars:Ovation/Applause acoustic, Fender, DeArmond and Ibanez electrics, Basses: Alvarez 5 string, G&L 4 string, Ovation acoustic, Recording:Pro Tools LE, Tascam digital 24 trk, Event 20/20 monitors, M-Audio Studiophile monitors, various Sennheiser, Shure, Audio Technica mics

MUSIC