SHARON GOLDMAN is a singer-songwriter whose "intense, insightful, vivid" storytelling is a "clinic in how to paint an indelible picture with the simplest images and symbols." Over several well-received albums, she has combined heartfelt portraits and memorable lyrics with unforgettable melodies and pure, precise, expressive vocals — taking a folk/pop sensibility to new artistic heights.
Her latest album, KOL ISHA (A Woman's Voice), released in August 2016, takes her in a new creative direction: In a dozen original songs (and one cover of Eliza Gilkyson's "Rose of Sharon"), she offers a bold, unique song journey merging Jewish imagery, myth and memories with a modern, feminist perspective. She digs deep into memories of prayers and rituals; of roads not taken; and of voices not heard. She also mines the stories of biblical and mythical women for creative inspiration.
Long Island born-and-bred, Sharon was raised on ballet, books and Billy Joel. But after busting out of Orthodox Jewish suburbia, she spent twenty years living in New York City, where she built a career as a magazine writer and editor and did what she thought she was supposed to do — she got married, bought a 2-bedroom co-op apartment and waited for her settled-down future to arrive.
But when Sharon discovered Manhattan's open mike scene in 2000 (at long-shuttered venues such as the DarkStar Lounge, Baggott Inn, C-Note and Sun Music Company), somehow she knew another future was in store. After divorcing in 2003, selling her apartment and starting over, she was already well on her way to developing a smart, savvy songwriting style, recording albums (she now has a half-dozen under her belt) and building a performance resume around the Tri-State area, garnering fans eager for smart, sophisticated songwriting not available on mainstream radio.
Sharon's songs have been spun on indie, college and public radio across the U.S.; and she was honored to be part of the 2011 Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Showcase, 2011 NERFA FolkDJ Showcase and 2012 NERFA Boston Showcase. She has been honored to open for or share the stage with such top songwriters as Sloan Wainwright, Pat Wictor, Joe Crookston and David Massengill. Last year, she was thrilled to appear on WFUV DJ John Platt's "Sunday Breakfast" radio show as well as his "On Your Radar" series at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall.
Sharon's newest album, KOL ISHA (A Woman’s Voice), released in August 2016, takes her artistry in a new and unique direction: She has dug deep into her Orthodox Jewish childhood and emerged with a song cycle that traces her own journey to find her voice as a passionate woman; a lifelong questioner; and a constant seeker. She delves into memories of prayers and rituals; of roads not taken; and of voices not heard (The concept of Kol Isha is found in traditional Jewish communities, where women are not supposed to sing publicly in front of men). She also mines the stories of biblical and mythical women — such as Lilith, the Sabbath Queen and the lovers in the Song of Songs for creative inspiration.
KOL ISHA has been called "powerful and heartening" (Joe Jencks, Brother Sun); "quite remarkable," (Si Kahn); "an extraordinary effort" (Wanda Fishcher, WAMC); "brilliant," (Ron Olesko, WFDU) and "gripping, powerful and sometimes surprising" (Pat Wictor, Brother Sun).
Sharon is deeply involved with several songwriting communities, where she gets deeply-appreciated feedback on her latest songs, including SummerSongs, Jack Hardy's Songwriter's Exchange, and the Chicks with Dip. She also curates/hosts the quarterly Schoolhouse Songwriter Series in her adopted hometown of Metuchen, New Jersey.
SELECTED VENUES WHERE SHARON HAS PERFORMED:
The Living Room, New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
The Bitter End, New York, NY
The Towne Crier, Beacon, NY
Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA
Burlap & Bean, Newtown Square, PA
Blue, Portland, ME
Caffe Vivaldi, New York, NY
City Winery, New York, NY
Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY
Postcrypt Coffeehouse, New York, NY
House concert series:
Cozy Cabin Concerts, Green Brook, NJ
First Acoustics, Brooklyn, NY
Notes from Home, Montclair, NJ
New Haven Folk Consortium, New Haven, CT
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Syracuse, NY
Music Over Manhattan, New York, NY
Michael Spear/Philadelphia Folksong Society, Philadelphia, PA
Heights House Concert Series, Jersey City, NJ
Common Ground, Westchester, NY
Minstrel Coffeehouse, Morristown, NJ
Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
Greenlight Music Series, Madison, NJ
Christopher Street Coffeehouse, New York, NY
Folk Music Society of Huntington, Huntington, NY
Garden Stage, Garden City, NY
Congregation Beth Shalom/Chevra Shas, Syracuse, NY
Congregation Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ
Hyde Park Library, Hyde Park, NY
Old Franklin Schoolhouse, Metuchen, NJ
Temple Emanu-El, Edison, NJ
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Brooklyn, NY
American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Beahive, Beacon, NY
Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
The Fifth Maine, Peaks Island, ME
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Hillsdale, NY
South Florida Folk Festival, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Live radio appearances:
WFUV, New York, NY
WFDU, Teaneck, NJ
WIOX, Roxbury, NY
WGDR, Middlebury, VT
WAMC, Albany, NY
WTBQ, Orange County, NY
WMPG, Portland, ME