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, Sharon and her band captivate audiences with her powerhouse octave-leaping vocals, textured piano melodies and driving rock guitars with songs reflecting her 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 2017 Pop/Contemporary 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 and multi-platinum engineer and producer David Ivory  (Halestorm, Silvertide, The Roots, Erykabadu, Patti Labelle)  Ivory would go on to praise the band by saying “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 single Anomie, Sharon Lia’s most raw song to date, released January 2018.  Anomie along with their summer release called Thirty Dirty Secrets, (a super fun tongue-in-cheek take on the pop genre about dating in the modern world) were both considered for a Grammy®.

The band hit the road soon after 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 Festival.  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.

HAPPENIN' NEXT

Why Can’t We Pretend  was released in March 2019 with rave reviews. The band continues to write and record material with the plan to release an album called "Beyond Wonderland" in late July 2019, with performances planned including heading to Dollywood Celebrity Theatre in September at the Josie Music Awards.

It is all about being a conduit of sharing a collective story.