Into Light is the third chapter in my life as presented through music. I wrote this collection of songs during a deeply introspective and transformative period in my life. With every failed relationship I grabbed the opportunity to dig a little deeper into my self to see what it was inside of me that made me fear love and keep on choosing those who reflected that in me. Shades of Blue, If You Were Mine, Meet Me Where I Live and the soul wrenching Alone In The Crowd each reveal the shadow and the light of my internal struggle.
Beyond the love affair songs, the piece Into Light revealed itself to me. Like a premonition or a prayer, Into Light has become a tribute to two dear friends who would make their transitions. A part of me left when they did.
And, so with the upheaval of personal relationships and physical death of friends and the dissolution of some friendships and love affairs I come away with the great knowledge and revelation of my true essence. Ocean is a song of hope and reflective of what it is I am made of, whereas Monsanto, Just Go! tells of what is truly most important to me and where I come from. Both reflect my intense and vibrant Love of Mother Earth.
The single strand that connects all of this work is love, for that is truly all there is. "You are so precious, our only possession is love. I didn't realize it, my love until you were gone." (From Into Light).
This album is dedicated to the life and memory of my dear friends Daniel Jackson and Nicki Carano.
Each of the musicians were carefully chosen and with gratitude I list them here: Producer and Drummer John Staten. Bassists Christian McBride, Greg McKinney, Mark Dresser, and Reggie Williams Guitarists Joey Carano and Glenn McKinney Piano and Keys Kenneth Crouch Alto Saxophone Eric Person Trumpet and Flugelhorn Derek Cannon Sharon DuBois vocalizes and is Executive Producer.
“Her voice is almost haunting as she delivers her message in this song. I was captivated from the first bar and drawn into a “sit down and listen” position."
"Confess"...the first things I realized were that I dug the groove and your voice...then I started listening to the lyrics...now you're one on my favorite vocalists! I was laughing, muttering "Right on!" and totally enjoying the message, which made the track even more compelling than it already was."
CRITIC/MUSIC EDITOR SD READER (80's) LA TIMES MUSIC COLUMNIST
"She has a very unique style which gives the listener something interesting to listen to and she has a knowledge of harmony. The harmony acts as a harmonic floor to support her personal creativity."
"Sharon DuBois....... Is The Now Generation, of Jazz Singers, Making Music, more than the standard fare..."
JAZZ 88.3 D.J.
"Truth and honesty, passionate creativity reflect in your music.... And the willingness to risk being vulnerable. Seaching to learn, and willing to be taught. The openess to to experience life and art in its many facets."
"I've had the pleasure of knowing, and experiencing Sharon's deep passion for music for well over 20 years. We played the Apollo Theater together, the rest is history".
"I'm so glad I didn't stay home last night and instead, walked up the street to the jazz jam at that hooka lounge/restaurant (what's the name of that place?) at 73rd and El Cajon Bl. I finally got to hear Sharon live -- exceptional, clear range, and no limit at the top. I'm talking some lung power, friends. And, emotional clarity. I think I signed myself up for her yoga class...."
"A True Original"
"Thanks for sharing Confess, wow...very powerful imagery and message framed in such a funky cool way...nice going! Bruce (Cockburn) would be proud!!”
"Sharon Dubois is a musicians singer. She sees herself as a member of a band, not a singer out in front of a backup band. Because of this Sharon conceptualizes the entirety her song performances, not just her vocal parts. From the first ping of a ride cymbal in the introduction to the last sustain of a piano cluster after and ending vamp, it's all Sharon's vision. AND she sings her b*tt off!"
"[Sharon has] more passion and soul than anyone I've ever met and it comes through in everything [she] does. Especially in her music."
Maker Faire San Diego
Saturday and Sunday, October 7 &8
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
I'll be leading a workshop Me, You and the Blues. Join me for some fun and learn how to write your own blues song! We'll talk about history, form and function!