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Meet Ken Sharp

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ken Sharp.

Ken, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Bitten by the bug of rock and roll in the ’60s with Elvis and The Beatles, music became my all-encompassing overriding passion, reading about it in Circus, Creem, Hit Parader and Rolling Stone, studying it, playing guitar and writing songs. After college, I landed a full-time gig in the Philly area doing interviews for syndicated radio and had the good fortune to interview members of The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin and more. From there, I parlayed my experience/passion into writing books about music.

Fast forward to 2019, I’ve penned over 20 music books including a New York Times Best Selling book, “Nothin’ To Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons along with books on Elvis Presley, John Lennon, David Bowie, Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys, a multi-volume series on the Power Pop genre and the companion book to the acclaimed documentary “The Wrecking Crew” (“Sound Explosion! Inside LA’s Studio Factory With The Wrecking Crew.”) I’ve contributed liner notes for a variety of artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Daryl Hall and John Oates, Small Faces to Cheap Trick.

Moving to LA in 2001, I spent years at VH1 working on music documentaries.As an adjunct to my career as a music writer, I’m a singer/songwriter who has released five albums to date and garnered raves in Billboard, USA Today and MOJO magazine. My latest album “Beauty In The Backseat” was recorded at Reseda Ranch Studios in Reseda, CA and was co-produced by wunderkind Fernando Perdomo. It features guest appearances by Ace Frehley of KISS and John Oates of Hall & Oates.

With my work as a music writer and songwriter, it all comes down to one thing for me, an unyielding passion, and infusing that passion into what I do. I’ve learned that the real reward is not money or fame, fortune or notoriety; the real reward is creating work that nourishes your soul.

Has it been a smooth road?
They say the tortoise always wins the race. My path has been a combination of struggles and small victories. Metaphorically speaking, the music business is a cruel and unforgiving animal.

I’ve been beaten, kicked, and held down; I had a record deal with Warner Brothers dangled that fell apart and dealt with innumerable shady folks in the entertainment industry along the way who put up obstacles. But in the face of adversity, I kept dusting myself off and I continued to move forward, working hard at my craft, most notably as a songwriter/recording artist with five albums and a new one coming out this year…

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Everything I do centers around music, whether it’s writing and recording my own music and releasing my own records. penning music books/articles/liner notes. I’m equally known as a book author/music writer as I am a songwriter/recording artist. They’re all part of my overall identity.

Perhaps what makes me unique and sets me apart from others is I’m able to walk the walk as both a music writer and songwriter/recording artist. There’s not too many examples of people who pull off both successfully, and I pride myself on working really hard and delivering with every fiber of my being with what I do.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
LA is the entertainment capital of the world and as a music writer/singer/songwriter./recording artist, I feed off the creative energy, competition, and diversity of talent in this town.

Least favorite aspect living in LA: insane TRAFFIC!

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Image Credit:
Stevo Rood, Fernando Perdomo

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1 Comment

  1. Scott Moskowitz

    May 1, 2019 at 22:43

    Ken Sharp is an underrated superstar. Sharp’s music is fun, soulful, rocking and extremely entertaining. Hoping he gets all the accolades that he deserves one day.

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