Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kevin Sharpe began his musical career at the age of seven singing Gospel in his church choir. By age eleven the 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. At the University of Massachusetts 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 undergrad degrees in Music Education and Jazz Performance he has performed with numerous artists including Charlie Neville of the Neville Brothers and virtuoso Jazz violinist John Blake. Hes done recordings with artists both local and national. In addition to drumming, his work as a music director has lead him to be a guest conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Extended Family Orchestra, the new England Mass Gospel Choir and to direct groups across region. He has toured internationally and domestically with soul diva Betty Harris, Jazz great Archie Shepp, The Glory Gospel Singers, The Harlem Gospel Choir and others. Kevin is currently the leader of the modern Gospel ensemble œThe Kevin Sharpe Group, performs in the Latin /Jazz band œOfrecimiento, plays in œRaisin Cane featuring Jasmine Guy, and is a producer at SwingHigh Productions.
The Kevin Sharpe Group / Jasmine Guy
Most memorable Next-Level PerformancePlaying with Jazz legend Archie Shepp the first time and playing everything I knew and being told that I played well, they loved the textures and polyrhythms but next time not to be so timid. I learned that it wasn't volume, speed, or flair but INTENSITY.
What Drives Your Creativity?I have a strong sense of groove. I like interesting grooves more than flashy fills so the creativity of the song, the lyric, the harmonies all contribute to my creative drive.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?Consistency and Balance. I've been using FV sticks and mallets since my college days studying classical percussion. They've always felt right in my hands.