Sharon Bryant (singer)

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Sharon Bryant
Birth nameSharon Bryant
Born (1956-08-14) August 14, 1956 (age 62)
Westchester County, New York
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
Instrumentsvocals
Years active1976 to present
Labels A&M
Polydor
Wing
Associated acts Atlantic Starr, Empire of the Sun

Sharon Bryant (born August 14, 1956, Westchester County, New York) is an American R&B singer. She began her career as the lead singer of the R&B group Atlantic Starr in 1976.

Westchester County, New York County in New York, United States

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Contemporary R&B is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, hip hop and electronic music.

Contents

Career

Bryant sang lead on songs such as "When Love Calls" and "Circles". She left the group in pursuit of a solo career in 1984, and had moderate solo success with that effort. [1] She would not achieve success on her own again until five years later, when the ballad "Foolish Heart" reached the top ten on Billboard's R&B chart. Another major R&B hit from the accompanying self-titled album, "Let Go" was also a moderate pop hit, cracking the top 40 on the pop charts (at #34) [2] and charting at #37 on Radio & Records Magazine's Top 100.

Ballad form of verse, often a narrative set to music

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<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

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In 2013, Bryant appeared as a background vocalist on Empire of the Sun's second album Ice on the Dune on the song "Keep a Watch". [3] [4]

Empire of the Sun (band) Australian electronic music duo

Empire of the Sun are an Australian electronic music duo from Sydney, formed in 2007. The duo is a collaboration between Luke Steele, of alternative rock band The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore, of electronic dance band Pnau.

<i>Ice on the Dune</i> 2013 studio album by Empire of the Sun

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Discography

Albums

With Atlantic Starr

<i>Atlantic Starr</i> (album) 1978 studio album by Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr is the self-titled debut album by R&B/funk band Atlantic Starr. Produced by Bobby Eli, founding member and lead guitarist of Philadelphia studio group MFSB. The nine-piece band had an impressive showing on the Billboard R&B charts with "Stand Up", "Keep It Comin'", "(I'll Never Miss) The Love I Never Had" and "With Your Love I Come Alive".

Straight To The Point is the second studio album by Atlantic Starr. Produced by Bobby Eli, founding member and lead guitarist of Philadelphia studio group MFSB.

<i>Brilliance</i> (Atlantic Starr album) album by Atlantic Starr

Brilliance is the fourth studio album by Atlantic Starr. This album featured hit singles "Love Me Down" and "Circles". The album also contained the Sam Dees composition "Your Love Finally Ran Out", which was previously recorded by their then labelmate Les McCann under the title "So Your Love Finally Ran Out For Me" on his 1979 album Tall, Dark & Handsome.

Solo

Singles

With Atlantic Starr

1978

  • "Stand Up"

1981

  • "When Love Calls"
  • "Send for Me"

1982

  • "Circles"
  • "Perfect Love"
  • "Love Me Down"

1983

  • "Touch a Four Leaf Clover"

1984

  • "More, More, More"

Solo

1989

1990

  • "Body Talk"

https://www.discogs.com/Sharon-Bryant-Here-I-Am/release/3582372

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References

  1. Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Sharon Bryant". AMG . Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  2. Sharon Bryant- Hot 100 Singles Chart history @Billboard.com; retrieved May 19, 2012.
  3. "Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune". discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  4. "Sharon Bryant Credits". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 2015-01-04.