Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kevin Sharpe began his
musical career at the age of seven singing gospel in his church choir.
By age eleven he was playing drums for that same choir and eventually
became one of the primary drummers for the Church of God in Christ in
the region. Later in college he studied classical percussion, arranging
and choral conducting. The Springfield, Massachusetts native also
studied voice with Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer and improvisation with
Yusef Lateef. Since graduating with degrees in Music Education and Jazz
Performance he has performed with jazz artists Archie Shepp, Charles
Greenlee, Avery Sharpe and Steve Turré. He’s done recordings with John
Blake, Fellowship, soul diva Betty Harris and others. He was the
conductor of the orchestral work “A Celebration of Family Community and
the Life of Primus Mason” for the Springfield Arts Festival, and guest
conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert.
He’s toured Europe as a vocalist and instrumentalist. He's
been a choral director for Dartmouth and Smith Colleges and he has
also worked for several years as writer, music director and vocalist in
the contemporary gospel group “Fellowship”.
Sharpe, 2007 winner of New England Urban Music Award, currently is leader of the modern Gospel ensemble “The Kevin
Sharpe Group”, drummer / percussionist and arranger in the “K. Sharpe
Project” a jazz based instrumental group, bassist with the Unorthodox Groove Band, workshop leader for and producer and engineer at SwingHigh Productions.
Mr. Sharpe uses Noble & Cooley drums, Vic Firth sticks, DSSP keyboard pedals and La
The Kevin Sharpe Group
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, smooth, rock, and even odd metered esoteric experiments but often with a nod to their roots in traditional gospel. KSG, recipients of the 2006 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.
The goal of The Kevin Sharpe Group is to reach the masses with quality music that can touch lives and exalts the name of Jesus.
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