New Jersey Stage
New Jersey Stage on social media


Tune into Radio Jersey with Lee Mrowicki every Monday through Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Broadcast on Asbury Music!

Maia Sharp

By Gary Wien


You've probably heard Maia Sharp's music even if the name doesn't sound familiar. That's because in just a few years, the songwriter from Los Angeles has seen her songs released by artists like Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Art Gartfunkel, Edwin McCain, The Dixie Chicks, Paul Carrack, Cher, Mindy Smith and many more. And while she's been busy making a name for herself as a songwriter, her solo career has been taking off as well.

Maia Sharp will be returning to the area for a pair of shows including one at the Saint in Asbury Park on September 6th and one at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on September 10th. She's on the road to promote her latest release, "Eve & The Red Delicious".

This will be Maia's first show in the Asbury Park area, but she's somewhat a veteran to the Philadelphia scene thanks to the popular radio station WXPN. She says she's envious of the great Triple-A radio stations found throughout the Northeast - a format that many NPR stations fall under.

"The Northeast has some killer Triple-A stations!" said Maia Sharp. "I don't know how it worked out, but I live as far away as I can from the Northeast. Here I am in the west and 3000 miles away are these beautiful radio stations who have been only supportive and helpful and there are a lot of great places to play. It translates when a station plays you. People actually listen and they go see shows. It isn't always like that. Maybe it's just something you can't put your finger on; maybe it's not as saturated as it is here, or maybe people aren't so jaded as they are here."

Getting songs heard on the radio is just one of the problems artists face, but Maia was more than prepared to be an artist as her father (Randy Sharp) is a popular country songwriter with many hits to his credit. She says that he never pushed her to either follow in his footsteps or run towards a different direction, but by watching him she knew music was her path as well.

"I think I saw the way he felt the most by watching him struggle with something that he liked," said Sharp. "I saw that choosing music to pursue as a job was a very challenging thing. We didn't always know where the rent was going to come from, but then something huge would happen and he'd have a song on the radio. And even when it was really hard, I saw how he was enjoying the journey.

Knowing that he never had any second thoughts about it - even when it was hard - kind of helped me see that if this was something that I really loved that it's ok if it's a lot of work because I'll love it along the way. And that's exactly what's been happening. I work my ass off and love it!"

Her father not only provided the inspiration for becoming a musician, but he was her first songwriting partner as well. Maia calls her father a great songwriter and she tries to write with him whenever she can... But it was a little awkward at first - especially when writing love songs!

"I remember the first couple of songs we wrote together was a little uneasy," said Sharp. "It was like I need to write this next line and it needs to be something kind of sexy, but I don't know if I really want to talk about that with my dad! But it took maybe three songs and then it was totally at ease because he's my friend too."

Sharp has been picking up songwriter friends all over the place for the last few years. She believes that the songwriter side of her and the performing side have both worked together to further her career. Some people discover her from listening to her own records while others learn of her through her collaborations with others. Thanks to building a good following in the industry, she does get many interesting songwriting offers.

Her list of songwriting partners reads like a who's who list of great songwriters. The list includes names like Carole King, Jules Shear, Timothy B. Schmitt, David Wilcox, Lisa Loeb, Edwin McCain, Howard Jones, and Paul Carrack among many others.

"I have to be confident enough to not be surprised or shocked, but I do get those moments of just total reality like it's so surreal that I'm talking to Bonnie Raitt on the phone or it's so surreal that I'm talking to Art (Gartfunkel) - what's happening?"

Bonnie Raitt has gone from a hero of Sharp's to a friend. She's not only had songs of hers recorded by Raitt but has gone on tour with her and will be touring with her again in late October. Getting on stage with Raitt was more than a thrill for Sharp, it was a reality check of where her career was heading.
"I had about six months worth of 'what in the hell' moments with her," laughed Sharp. "The first time I walked into the studio she was like 'Maia come here' and gave me a big hug. I'm like you're Bonnie Raitt - what is going on?"

Her new record, "Eve & The Red Delicious" is a collection of seven acoustic songs - five brand new and two songs from previous albums. The stripped down record sounds the way her live show does with just Darren Embry on bass and Maia on acoustic guitar, keyboards, and saxophone.

The new CD is the first release on Maia Sharp's own recently launched record label. Initially the plans are for the CD to be available only at her live shows and through the website. Running a label has been an interesting experience for Maia.

"I don't want to say it's more work than I thought it would be because I thought it would be a lot of work," she said. "But it's like 24/7 because you have to do everything. It might make me have a little more sympathy for the labels in the future!"

No matter what happens, Maia will be sure to keep plugging away at her dream. After all, songwriting is in her blood.



For more by this author, click here






Jann Klose and The Voice's Josett Diaz To Perform At Ethical Brew To Benefit A Cause Close To Home
(TEANECK, NJ) -- On Saturday, December 8th, singer-songwriter and recording artist, Jann Klose will perform at Ethical Brew on behalf of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, a community arts and cultural center for children and teens located in Bronx, New York.  Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8:00pm.
Kenny Chesney To Perform At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Focusing on smaller venues and markets not directly impacted by his massive stadium tours, Kenny Chesney sought to make his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour mirror the intimacy of its namesake album. Inspired by the resilience of the people around him, Chesney doubles down on the human connection for his 2019 tour by seeking those members of No Shoes Nation who have spent the past decade and a half making the trip to stadium markets for what is now a summer tradition. On Saturday, May 11, 2019 he brings the tour to Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, NJ.
State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a division of Cirque du Soleil, has become a critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art Broadway musical, and a fun-filled, holiday family show. Tickets range from $35-$98.
NJSO presents 2019 Winter Festival, 'Music Speaks'
(NEWARK, NJ) -- A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.
RVCC Chorale to Perform Annual Holiday Concert on December 8th
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) --The RVCC Chorale will give its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm in the Welpe Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s Branchburg campus. The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata, Das Neugeborne Kindelein, as well as a cappella pieces from by Sergei Rachmaninov, Zoltan Kodaly and Giuseppe Verdi. The program also will include an audience singalong of traditional carols.


"Great Music!" Tavares and Harold Melvin's Blue Notes LIVE! at the Strand Theater
The music of the 1970s is alive and well this Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater with a concert by the ’70’s R&B and soul groups Tavares and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes!
"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre
In the music room in the back of our house, there’s an electric bass and amp, two acoustic guitars, a microphone and PA speakers, several pieces of music recording equipment, and a bookcase filled with books on music, not to mention a slew of assorted music memorabilia. But, perhaps, one of the most highly prized items in the room is hanging directly above the piano next to the college music diplomas.
Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood
The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!
PODCAST: Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington At TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Drummer, leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington made history as the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz for her album “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Now, she brings her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” to the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC on November 11, 2018, as part of a program called “Jazz Vinyl Revisited.” Producer Susan Wallner talks to Carrington about her connections to the jazz greats Clark Terry and Max Roach; her newest project, the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and why she thinks drummers make natural leaders.






Event calendar
Sunday, Nov 18, 2018


MUSIC

Allen Stone @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

IN MEMORY OF BOB COLYARD @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 11:00am

Gypsy Jazz Brunch with Pyrenesia and Max Hansen Buffet @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

Dorthaan's Place: Eric Alexander Quartet @ NICO KITCHEN + BAR @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 11:00am and 1:00pm

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: SASSY Awards @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 3:00pm

Rachel Barton Pine plays Paganini @ Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton - 4:00pm

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:00pm

Bolshoi Ballet: La Sylphide @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 3:00pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 3:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 2:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 3:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

ELF THE MUSICAL @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:00pm

Pinocchio @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 3:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 3:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 2:00pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 3:00pm


DANCE

JCTC Dance: Up Close & Personal @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 4:00pm

NJDTE "The Nutcracker" Storytime & Performance @ New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit - 4:00pm


KIDS

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 1:00pm

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm


LECTURE

Mainebiz Health Care Forum @ 10th Ave. Burrito, Red Bank - 10:30am

View all events
























New Jersey Stage © 2018 by Wine Time Media, LLC | PO Box 140, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 (732) 280-7625 | info@newjerseystage.com

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms.
If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.