THE BEGINNING

The Sharon Lia Band was born in 2013 as the musical outlet for their namesake, Sharon Lia.  Accompanied by guitarist Rick Jannotti and drummer Howie Fallon, the band began playing the Philadelphia area and quickly won their first “Breakout Artist” competition in 2014.

From there, the band started touring the mid-Atlantic, wowing crowds from New Jersey to New Orleans. Drawing upon influences ranging from Florence + the Machine to Muse and Coldplay.

With a warmth about her, Sharon captivates audiences with powerhouse octave-leaping vocals, textured piano melodies and sometimes tender, sometimes gripping songwriting. The band is powerful and each song evokes emotion.  Epic and full of wonder, the music reflects their baroque pop, mainstream rock and alternative influences.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Eileen Shapiro praised “her genuine lyrics and sonic innocence and vulnerability… pierces the hearts of her listeners leaving a lifelong impact on those who hear it.”  The songwriting and performances are real, genuine and relatable.

The next three years would also see Sharon found her charitable foundation Ladies Who Rock 4 A Cause, a music-driven organization inspired by her own battle with cancer.

THINGS HEAT UP

In 2017 Sharon was named Artist of the Year at the prestigious Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN.  It was at this same time the band entered the studio and began recording new material with Grammy© nominated/multi-platinum engineer & producer David Ivory.  (Halestorm, Silvertide, The Roots, Eryka Badu Patti Labelle)  From Ivory: “I love working with Sharon, her vocals are stellar and her songwriting is contagious. Awesome eclectic, piano driven progressive pop!"

From their collaborations with Ivory, came their first single "Anomie" in January 2018 followed by  "Thirty Dirty Secrets" summer of 2018 (both Grammy® considered) with "Why Can’t We Pretend"  released in early 2019.

The band hit the road soon after their first single release, with an opening slot for national-touring indie rockers Lydia in Albany, NY, two sets at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE alongside greats like Eminem, Rag 'N' Bone Man, The Killers, Portugal, The Man, SZA, Alice Merton and landing a slot at the Ladybug Music Festival 2018.

In the fall of 2018, Sharon was named "Best Female Artist of the Year" at the Josie Music Awards in September 2018 which rounded out the year.

After the release of "Why Can’t We Pretend"  in March of 2019 which warmly received with rave reviews, the band continued to write and record material for their first full length band release album "Beyond Wonderland".  The album is epic with each song having its own strong identity which speaks directly, intimately, to the listener in an incredibly relate-able way. "Sick Addiction" and "Hunter & Slayer" will surely be favorites.

The release of "Beyond Wonderland" and performances at Ladybug Music Festival 2019 in DE,  Dollywood Celebrity Theatre in TN in September at the Josie Music Awards will be round out the year.... They won't break for long as new material is already written and ready for the next album right around the bend.