WILLIAMS & THE WISEGUYS (USA)
Mrs. Sharrie Williams is the Voice! A galactic vocal force to be reckoned with, a ragging flame of fire that has been sprayed with gasoline, she has a message burning within her soul. Sharrie has a powerful voice, with a range that can reach and rattle the castle tower one minute, while soothing the soul of a crying child the next, she possess an unaffected nature, which gives her grace and a sensibility that pays homage to the great female artist of rock and blues without ever being imitative, in short, Sharrie Williams is the real deal, a true original. She brings you in, by singing her insides out, hearing her is a pure delight, but seeing her perform will make you a believer. Williams has a warm and radiant stage presence, that takes hold of you and capture your imagination and captivate your senses, the sound of her voice is compelling, it promises redemption. With every note She makes you cry, laugh and dance, she can even wake up the dead, I guess one would call her the voice of an emotional cocktail.
Raised in the projects but deeply rooted in gospel , Sharrie began singing at the age of twelve with the Greater Williams Temple church choir, recording and touring, under the direction of Hubert J. Williams, she performed with Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, Shirley Caesar, The Winans, and James Cleveland. Marion McKinnie challenged this young artist with extensive vocal training in jazz, gospel, concert music and drama, she was able to combined her singing with acting. Touring with Snap productions in a hit play, I Need A Man.
Sharrie sings the blues because she lived the blues, mental, physical and drug abuse, poverty stricken, most would say what’s the use. Homeless, battered, and even beat death, as a Motherless child, the blues is what Sharrie knows best. By Gods grace she made it out alive and on the rise. Tina Turner, Etta James, KoKo Taylor and Billie Holiday help form her unique style, she has an awesome energetic band in tow, The Wiseguys, they hit you hard and they won’t let you go!
Williams has given great and unforgettable performances in blues festivals, and clubs, such as Poconos Festival, Blues Bash of SC, Buddy Guys Legends, Utrecht, Peer and several festivals in Europe. She has appeared with Dizzy Gilespi, Buddy Guy, Larry McCray, KoKo Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Joanna Conner, Delbert McClinton, Debra Coleman, Shemika Copland, Charlie Mussel White, Taj Mahal, Honey Boy Edward’s, Solomon Burke, and Lazy Lester.
CD’s released, Real Woman, and Live at Wiseguys. New CD pending
with Crosscut Records soon to be released April 2004. Sharrie’s
talent and passion for he music has placed her in great demands in America
as well as Europe, touring Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland,
Sweden, Luxembourg, Africa, Spain, Portugal, Italy. Major publications
in the US, Chevrolet featured her as artist of the month in Jet, Ebony,
Black Enterprise, Essence and Emerge with an open face spread, famous
photo by Grammy award winning photographer, Tom Bert, also advertisement
in Big City Blues and Living Blues . European magazines, France magazine
Blues Feeling featured Sharrie on the front cover Juke Blues, Soul Bag,
Block, IL Blues, German Blues News, Rollin & Tumballin, major European