Welcome to My World, The Songs of Linda Creed – Opening a doorway to the future and a pathway to the past

Before I started my band, I was rocking the solo artist route... and on that journey came

A Defining Moment

A wonderful series of events led me to sit down with, talk with, and audition for music mogul Stephen "Eppy" Epstein his home in Ambler, PA. He was the husband of the late, great, prolific Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee  Linda Creed.

It was an eye-opening thrilling night that changed everything. I performed the songs we wanted to record and then I performed one of Linda's most famous songs, "The Greatest Love of All" (Creed, Masser).  He was so enthusiastic, kind, and moved.

In that moment, obtaining his unequivocal support to record the unreleased music in Linda's "vault" some 25 years after her passing opened a doorway to the future and a pathway to the past.

An Album is Underway

I released "Welcome To My World" which was comprised of my original songs and these "never-before-heard, previously unreleased" songs.

Tragedy Strikes

Moved by my final "product", Eppy set out to promote it. When he suddenly passed away just a few months later, it was a crushing loss. Eppy's support was going to be pivotal. As a result, my project went into stasis. A beautiful (non commercially released) album laid dormant.

I believe emphatically in this music and must set it free. I need to honor the blessing Eppy bestowed, who had attended my CD release performance/party, along with his daughter Dana Epstein at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia PA. Their support of Linda's legacy continuing through me could not have been more special.

A Timeless Treasure

There was but a small window between the time I came into Eppy's purview and his passing. This brief moment in history allowed me to do something that can never be repeated. He gave me his blessing and with it comes a responsibility to care for this timeless treasure.

I am a humble, tiny part of this musical legacy and pay tribute to Creed and the other writers of that time with whom she co-wrote that shaped the famous '70s and '80s Philly Soul sound.

Reboot

So, I set a course to awaken this material and set it out to the world in a time where it has never been more possible to reach the hearts of listeners who love this music.

 

"Welcome to My World, The Songs of Linda Creed"

Sharon shares this untold story

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Below are some highlights from Sharon Lia's release party at World Cafe in Philadelphia PA.

Sharon Lia "Welcome to My World, The Songs of Linda Creed"
Credits

Let's Find Those Two People
Written by Linda Creed & Bruce Hawes
Vocal Performance - Sharon Lia
Piano & Orchestration - Kenny Kirby
Bass - Bennie Sims
Drums - Chuck Treece
Guitar - Don Evans
Producer - Kenny Kirby
Executive Producer - Jack Kearton
Recording and Mix Engineer - Rick Denzien
Remastering - Rick Jannotti

Love Is Feeling
Written by Linda Creed & Lonnie Jordan
Vocal Performance - Sharon Lia
Piano & Orchestration - Kenny Kirby
Bass - Bennie Sims
Drums - Chuck Treece
Guitar - Don Evans
Background Vocals - Debra Lee
Producer - Kenny Kirby
Executive Producer - Jack Kearton
Recording and Mix Engineer - Rick Denzien
Remastering - Rick Jannotti

Lucky Ones
Written by Linda Creed & Thom Bell
Vocal Performance - Sharon Lia
Background Vocals - Sharon Lia
Bass & Keys - Bennie Sims
Hammond B-3 Organ & Strings - Kenny Kirby
Drums - Curtis Harmon
Electric Piano - Scotti Mann
Guitar - David Cullen
Producers - Bennie Sims & Kenny Kirby
Executive Producer - Jack Kearton
Remastering - Rick Jannotti

Welcome To My World
Written by Linda Creed, Additional lyrics by Sharon Lia
Vocal Performance - Sharon Lia
Background Vocals - Sharon Lia
Bass & Keys - Bennie Sims
Clavinet & Strings - Kenny Kirby
Drums - Curtis Harmon
Electric Piano - Scotti Mann
Guitar - David Cullen
Producers Bennie Sims & Kenny Kirby
Executive Producer - Jack Kearton
Remastering - Rick Jannotti

Soul Desire
Written by Rodger Mason & Doug Jones
Vocal Performance - Sharon Lia
Keyboards - Johnny Neel
Guitar - Rickey Godfrey
Bass - Randy Coleman
Drums - Don Smith
Hammond B-3 Organ - Kenny Kirby
Producer Johnny Neel
Remastering - Rick Jannotti