Los Angeles Singer-Songwriter Sharif Releases Kisses and Lies on February 23
Old 97's Frontman Rhett Miller Joins Sharif on Single "Dark Side of the Dawn"
Independent singer-songwriter Sharif released his third CD, Kisses and Lies, on February 23, 2010. His first single "Dark Side of the Dawn," features Old 97's's singer Rhett Miller.
Produced by Chris Keup and Stewart Myers (Jason Mraz, OAR, and Rachael Yamagata) the CD was recorded in a barn in Louisa, Virginia, a hotel in Baltimore and Sharif's own bedroom in Los Angeles. Sharif assembled a preeminent cast of musicians to record his album including Tim Bradshaw (John Mayer, David Gray, Josh Ritter) on keyboards, Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams) on pedal steel, Mark Goldenberg (Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Brett Dennen) playing guitar, ukulele and banjo, Stewart Myers (Lifehouse, Shawn Colvin) on bass guitar and Brian Jones (Mandy Moore, Liz Phair) manning the drums.
Born to an Egyptian father and American mother, Sharif realizes that his name might lead people to believe that he would play Middle Eastern or World Music. However his native Virginia proved a worthy influence steeping Sharif in keen sense of Americana musical history. His influences are diverse with the quintessential songwriters Dylan, Gram Parsons, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake at the top of his list, along with Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, and Bright Eyes.
With the release of Kisses and Lies on February 23, 2010, Sharif will be touring the West Coast with East Coast dates to follow.
3/04/10 - Zoey's - Ventura, CA
3/12/10 - Wavy TV Hampton Road Show - Portsmouth, VA
3/19/10 - Sullivan Hall - NYC
3/21/10 - Galaxy Hut Arlington, VA
3/24/10 - The Winchester - Cleveland, OH
3/25/10 - WCBE On-Air Radio Appearance at 10:30 A.M. - Columbus, OH
3/25/10 - The Rumba Café - Columbus, OH
4/02/10 - The Paisley Violin - Phoenix, AZ
4/07/10 - The Hotel Café - Los Angeles, CA