Sharon Hendrix

Sharon Hendrix has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world for presidents, kings, and queens. Sharon Hendrix started her career as “Muffy Hendrix”. She has sung background vocals with Bob Dylan, Natalie Cole and Barry Manilow. She recorded chart-topping duets (“Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing”) with Barry Manilow and Billy Preston. Songs written for Sharon by Jeffrey Osbourne, Michael Sembello and Don Freeman were among Sharon’s first recordings. Sharon made her music debut at age 2. She stood on the pew in church and began singing with the choir. Everyone looked at Sharon and cheered when she was done. Sharon has been a music fan since that Easter Sunday. At seventeen, she auditioned to The Young Americans, an international touring group of 30 singers from all parts of the country. She sang in church and school for several more years. Sharon toured twice in the Far East over the next two-years, and performed on the Ed Sullivan Show as well as the Kraft Music Hall. She was a part of numerous television commercials and specials and gained valuable experience in the entertainment industry from the top. Sharon was awarded a Chapman University music scholarship. At the same time, she started receiving calls from legendary film stars Sammy Davis, Jr., Mitzi Gaynor, Debbie Reynolds, as well as Sammy Davis, Jr. Sharon was a singer on Olivia Newton-John’s 1976 world tour. After her return to the USA, she started singing for contemporary jazz, pop, and rock artists like Bob Dylan, George Duke and Dusty Springfield. Sharon was the first female singer to replace Barry Manilow’s backup singer, Lady Flash. Sharon took over the role in 1978. It was the beginning of a long-lasting friendship and working relationship. Sharon performed on some of the most famous stages in the world for eight years with Manilow. Barry recorded the 1985 duet “Ain’t Nothin Like the Real Thing”, with Sharon on the popular “Manilow” album. Sharon has appeared in more than 8,000 shows throughout her career. Sharon stopped touring over the next few years and returned to California where she got married and had twins. She then concentrated on her studio work and solo gigs in a club. A friend of Sharon’s gave her name as Tom Jones, the musical director. He was searching for a female singer. Sharon was hired, and she performed with Tom throughout the world for the next 18 years. Between tours Sharon worked as a singer for Natalie Cole and also performed with Elton John, Shirley Bassey and other artists. Sharon was thrilled to be reunited with Barry Manilow in 2010 when she sang in his new Las Vegas show, The Paris Hotel. Sharon is still performing with Barry and will soon embark on his farewell tour. Sharon is currently working on her first solo album. CDBaby

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