Sharon Allen loves to sing. And people love to hear her song. She possesses a beautiful, unaffected voice that is gentle and sweet on the ear. So why did it take 20 years for her to release her debut solo album, "Along The Way"? Maybe because time reveals the singers' song, and some voices are discovered, along the way, through a life fully-lived.
Sharon's musical path started in Maryland, amongst a family of fireside musicians. The calling was in her blood, and she found her way, dancing, singing, clogging and picking to California, where, for many years, she fronted a blues rock band with then-husband Allen Frank and The Firebirds. Working with B.B. King, Etta James, Robben Ford, Elvin Bishop, and Lonnie Mack only honed Sharon's musical chops.
Ten years ago Allen found her writer's voice and an ongoing collaboration with the Sherry Austin band gave her a renewed appreciation of acoustic music. She found her natural home in the folk music family of California's central coast.
Sharon Allen is a beautiful, gentle woman with an unassuming way and a passion for music that rings true. Her new album, "Along The Way", captures this essence with her heartfelt vocals backed by a swinging band including Jimmy Norris (producer) and Sherry Austin with guest appearances from Bob Brozman and Mary McCaslin.
"Sharon Allen is way up high in the list of sweet voiced singers. If you want to sit back and listen to some unpretentious music that is beautiful and lasting this is it." ~ Sleepy John Sandidge, KPIG Radio
On "Along The Way" Allen's story emerges through her own songs, and she gives new voice to the great works of Townes Van Zandt "If I Needed You" (with Keith Greeninger), Eddie and Billy Joe Shaver's "Live Forever" and Kate Wolf's "Lay Me Down Easy".
"...her honey-sweet and ginger spice voice makes you want to live in the country folk tune she is singing." ~ Tom Miller, promoter, Don Quixote's/Little Fox Theater.