Sharon Lewis – Blues Diva
Blues Diva Sharon Lewis first hit the stage on May 5, 1993 with a blues/rock band called Under The Gun. She and “Gun” premiered May 5, 1993 at Buddy Guy’s Legends to a throng of family and friends.
Sharon’s commitment to the blues has paid off handsomely, as she’s developed into one of Chicago’s hottest blues acts, and has twiced performed at the largest Blues Fest in the world – The Chicago Blues Festival.
These days, she frequents as a headliner at most all of Chicago’s major blues clubs, including Blue Chicago, B.L.U.E.S., Buddy Guy’s Legends, House of Blues, Kingston Mines & Rosa’s Lounge. Additionally, she’s also a featured attraction with Chicago Blues All-Stars, a band boasting a line-up that features a virtual who’s who of the blues in the Windy City.
Sharon & her band have performed with legendary blues artists as Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Denise LaSalle, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya, Billy Branch, Melvin Taylor, and Sugar Blue to name only a few.
Her first major international tour in 1998 fired up the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Holland and Belgium with The Next Generation Band. During this tour she recorded with Carl Wyatt (Living In Exile: Singing The Blues) on Blue Road Records, Luxembourg.
After a year’s hiatus from performing, Ms. Lewis returned in 2001 to open with Billy Branch & The Sons of The Blues at Chicago’s Rooster Blues and immediately reclaimed her status as one of Chicago’s next generation blues vocalists.
In March 2001 (the “Best Tour”) Sharon returned to Europe for an extensive Czech Republic tour and again garnered raves as the “Vocalist of the Month” in Liberca, Czech Republic. Highly acclaimed reviews for this tour sparked a 2002 Tour (the “Very Best Tour”) with a revamped Next Generation Band – Jan Korinek and GROOVE. With GROOVE she toured extensively in the Czech Republic and Poland, opening for Robben Ford and enjoying equal billing status with Robben and Michael Urbniak (New York) at a two-day festival in the Czech Republic.
In September 2002 she received a Reader “Critic’s Choice” commendation. Ms. Lewis’ debut CD “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” (with Under the Gun) was enthusiastically received upon its release this July.