Maia Sharp

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Maia Sharp occupies fertile ground on her Concord debut, gathering strands of R&B, pop, and jazz and tying them together with her talent as a singer/songwriter. It many ways her eclectic approach harks back to a number of Sharp's early-'70s influences, like Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell. These influences, along with her saxophone work, even evoke the sound and style of these artists. While this may make her difficult to categorize in a contemporary market, it doesn't make her difficult to enjoy. Her airy vocals are buoyed by full, though non-busy, arrangements of electric guitars, saxophones, and percussion. The album opens with "Crimes of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Maia Sharp occupies fertile ground on her Concord debut, gathering strands of R&B, pop, and jazz and tying them together with her talent as a singer/songwriter. It many ways her eclectic approach harks back to a number of Sharp's early-'70s influences, like Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell. These influences, along with her saxophone work, even evoke the sound and style of these artists. While this may make her difficult to categorize in a contemporary market, it doesn't make her difficult to enjoy. Her airy vocals are buoyed by full, though non-busy, arrangements of electric guitars, saxophones, and percussion. The album opens with "Crimes of the Witness," co-written with the singer's father, Randy Sharp. While the song dates back to 1998-1999, lyrics like, "You pray a prayer and pledge allegiance" strike a contemporary note of patriotism in the summer of 2002. Sharp, however, is more concerned with society's have-nots than with jumping on the bandwagon. Cuts like "Long Way Home" and "Sinners" gravitate closer to traditional singer/songwriter material, concentrating on the ups and downs of relationships. Sharp avoids the usual clich├ęs of the genre, though, by casting a broader net, seeking to universalize the personal. She also writes songs with a strong sense of melody, meaning that a listener can enjoy them even without the lyric sheet. "One Good Reason," for example, with its lovely violin and deeply felt vocal, is achingly beautiful. All this is to say that this album can work in a number of ways: as a fine batch of songs, a solid singer/songwriter effort, or a collection by a lovely vocalist. Whichever category one prefers, Maia Sharp offers something fresh and pleasing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431215028
  • Catalog Number: 2150
  • Sales rank: 282,340

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crimes of the Witness (3:15)
  2. 2 Willing to Burn (3:55)
  3. 3 Long Way Home (4:32)
  4. 4 Sinners (4:08)
  5. 5 Crooked Crown (3:53)
  6. 6 Lightning (4:23)
  7. 7 One Good Reason (4:00)
  8. 8 Happiness (3:36)
  9. 9 Understudies (3:43)
  10. 10 Your Own Justice (4:13)
  11. 11 You Can't Lose Them All (3:44)
  12. 12 Ghosts (0:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maia Sharp Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Keyboards, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Sampling, Vibes, Djembe, Shaker, Wurlitzer
David Batteau Guitar
Mark Addison Piano, Strings, Electric Guitar, Hi Hat
Jonatha Brooke Background Vocals
Jerry Jones Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Lennon Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Randy Sharp Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Jimmy Earl Bass
Joshua Segal Violin, Viola
Joe Zimmerman Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Daris Adkins Electric Guitar
Janet Robin Banjo, 6-string bass
Chris Ralles Percussion, Drums, Shaker
Ronnie Manaog Drums
Andy Georges Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Djembe
Technical Credits
Mark Addison Producer
Sharon Bays Introduction
John Burk Executive Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Maia Sharp Producer, Engineer, Atmosphere, Introduction, Percussion Sequencing
Randy Sharp Composer, Producer, Engineer, Introduction
Jimmy Earl Loop
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Andrea R. Nelson Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wowza

    I saw Maia in concert recently and she brought down the house. Of course, they sold out of CDs before I could get a chance to pick one up so I had to wait and order it. It was NOT a disappointment. She is an excellent, multitalented musician. Anyone who can appreciate that should have at least one Maia Sharp CD in their collection.

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