Straight ahead Jazz, Funk, Baroque, R&B, and Rock simmering over percolating rhythms, stewed together with a Gospel broth by a master chef, the aroma of choral harmonies fill the air. That is the music of KSG. Exciting, Energetic, Heartfelt.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
High energy, original, music with, vocal harmony and a tight band. Uptempo numbers and danceable tunes balanced with lush ballads. Sincere worship, heartfelt praise, with our own flavor.
The Kevin Sharpe Group is a dynamic, high energy modern Gospel ensemble with their own unique flavor. The small choir and band explore a variety of musical territory from "straight ahead" Jazz, Funk, Rock, Smooth, Latin, and even odd metered esoteric experiments but often with a nod to their roots in traditional Gospel. KSG, recipients of the New England Urban Music Award for Contemporary Gospel is lead by vocalist/multi instrumentalist Kevin Sharpe.
Kevin began his musical career singing in his church choir at age 7. By age 11 he was playing drums for that choir and eventually became one of the primary drummers in the Church of God in Christ in the region. Later in college he studied classical percussion, arranging, voice, and choral conducting. After spending years honing his smooth baritone sound (that's often compared to Barry White and Larry Graham)in the vocal Gospel trio FELLOWSHIP, Kevin was lead to branch out on his own.
Additional Booking Notes
Available upon request.
|Kevin Sharpe||director, lead vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Robert Rivera||Lead and ensemble vocals|
|Linda Nevers||Lead and ensemble vocals|
|Wanda Sharpe||Lead and ensemble vocals|
|Shaina Paris||Lead and ensemble vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
As the primary songwriter my influences vary. From traditional Black Gospel like James Cleveland and Shirley Ceasar, to artists like the Clark Sisters, the Winans and Commissioned, to Amy Grant, Michael . Smith and Petra to Led Zep, Journey, Rush, Yes, Genesis, Phil Collins, Aerosmith, the Police and all of 80s MTV, Duke Ellington, Coltrane, Miles, Charlie Parker, McCoy Tyner, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Chic Corea, Tito Puente, Prince, SOS Band, Flyte Tyme, Cameo, Quincy Jones, Take 6, Manhattan Transfer, Beethoven, Mozart, Stravinsky, JS Bach, lots of Latin, and West African artists whose music I learned but whose names I can't recall. Current artists I enjoy are Fred Hammond, Godsmack, Sting, Isreal Houghton.
P.A. System with minimum 4 monitor wedges, 6 vocal mics on stands, (contact to request complete audio needs)
Long Island, NY
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