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A Velvety voice singing upbeat blues, Shara Maxwell personifies the heart of classic jazz and blues standards. Standing six-feet tall, this prestigious songstress carves a nook in audience’s hearts. Coming from a line of musicians, Shara’s mother, who plays piano, clarinet and accordion, encouraged the young song-bird to experiment in the world of melodies. She was mesmerized by jazz. “It’s real”, Shara reveals. This ‘realness’ is what drives her performance. Connecting listeners to songs of their past in a way that makes the music instantly fresh and inviting. “Everything old is new again.”
Getting her start in Chicago where she is featured at some of city’s finest- Pop’s for Champagne, The Drake Hotel, The UnderGround Wonder Bar, Zebra Lounge, Biggs Restaurant was where Shara began to hone her musical abilities. She later sang background vocals for the Indie Rock band- Sister Machinegun which propelled her breakthrough credits opening up for Stanley Jordan and Fareed Haque.
Shara has shared the stage with numerous Chicago musicians- Tommy Muellner, Dave Green, Lloyd Wilson, Willie Pickins, Bob Solone, Dave Gordon, Mark Burnell, Joel Barry, Rob Amster, John Bany, Dennis Luxion, Hans Luchs, Brian O’Hearn, Steve Ramsdell, Charlie Braun, Jim Cox, Phil Gratteau and Samuel Jewell.
Her influences include, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sam Cooke, Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone and a little Minnie Riperton. Pulling from these ageless masters and merging her mystical, hot sultry sound is what makes Shara Maxwell so unforgettable.
Pure charisma makes the audiences love this lovely diva. She brings old-school new again as fans rave -Now that was a good time!"