Bio

                       

Sharon's Bio

This International Vocalist has performed on stages across the world including:  MTV, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Rixos Borovoe Resort in Kazakhstan, New York City Theatre at Westbury, Los Angeles Forum, Hollywood Palladium, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Luxor in Las Vegas, NXNE Music Festival in Toronto, JVC Jazz Festival in Toronto and the famed Fontainebleau Miami Beach to name a few. She's been blessed to share the stage with Usher, Keith Sweat, Baby Face Productions, Roy Ayers, The Roots, Teena Marie, Bob Hope, Carol Bayer Sager, Billy Davis Jr., Jerry Butler, Crimson Glory, Kiss and Alice In Chains.

 

Sharon was born into a family with a background in music and entertainment.  Her father was a professional vocalist in the United States Air Force Band, and her mother is a former beauty queen.  As a child, music and singing were always a part of the Johnson household, and Sharon knew at a very early age that she was born to be a Singer.  Like her mother, Sharon went on to win several beauty pageants of her own including being the first black woman to be crowned "Miss University of Florida".  During college, she toured with the "Miss Florida USO Show" entertaining military troops across the U.S., South America and Asia.  Following college, she served her country as a Vocalist in the United States Air Force Band just as her father did. 

  

Sharon credits some of her early musical influences to Diana Ross & the Supremes, Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Billy Holiday, Teena Marie, Barbra Streisand and her father, George Johnson (who was also her first vocal teacher).  Later in her career, as she began to focus more on Jazz music, her musical influences expanded to include:  Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Crawford, The Brand New Heavies, Incognito, Maxwell and Esperanza Spalding.

 

While living in Toronto, she recorded and released a Jazz CD with a band named Achanti co-writing on two of the tracks, "Sunshine" and "Achanti's Groove".  Produced by Grammy Nominated and Juno Award Winner, Eddie Bullen at Thunder Dome Sounds Studio, the CD received positive reviews from the Toronto music media.  Jason Anderson a music editor for Eye Weekly Magazine wrote "... this duo fill their debut with accomplished Brand New Heavies-style grooving.  Singer Rahne (Rahne is Sharon's recording industry name) has a strong, distinctive voice …".  Sharon (Rahne) and Dave Lowe, founder and musical director of the Jazz band Achanti, performed in top venues throughout Toronto including: The Bamboo, El Mocambo, The Rivoli, C'est What, The Phoenix Concert Theatre, JVC Acid Jazz Festival and the NXNE Music Festival.

 

Sharon just recently returned from a tour in Asia performing as a Jazz Vocalist in one of Thailand's most famous Jazz Clubs, the Bamboo Bar.  The legendary Bamboo Bar is located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Mandarin Oriental honored Sharon by featuring her as the Jazz Vocalist in their recent marketing video for the Bamboo Bar.  You may go to this link to view the video posted on the "Mandarin Oriental Bangkok" youtube channel:  https://youtu.be/6r2n_Ntgidc?t=1m25s

 

Throughout her career in music, Sharon has also performed in numerous Motown Revue Shows singing the music of Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells and Tina Turner.  Her Tribute to Tina Turner has been received with great reviews on cruise ships, and she won an award for her Tribute to Diana Ross at the the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas.  Joy Jones of THE SUN HERALD wrote "Singer Sharon Johnson ... is a charismatic performer.  As a former "Miss Black Florida" and "Miss University of Florida" she knows how to charm an audience."

 

Sharon loves performing on stage and sharing the gift of music.  Music is an intrinsic part of who she is, and she can't imagine herself doing anything else.  The press and audience members often compare her to Diana Ross, Vanessa Williams, Nancy Wilson and Lola Falana.  JACKPOT MAGAZINE'S Executive Editor, Lori Beth Susman, summarized Sharon's onstage persona by writing "… Johnson sings and dances and brings more than a touch of grace to the stage."