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Sharon Robinson Releases Remixed Live Track from 2009 Cohen Tour

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Last year, the multi-talented singer/songwriter and producer, Sharon Robinson, toured the world as part of Leonard Cohen's stage band, providing background vocals to the rock and roll hall of famer. In addition to lending her voice to the tour, several songs from the set list featured melodies she crafted.

Robinson is no newcomer to Cohen's creative world, having toured and collaborated with the legendary artist for many years. She has set a number of his lyrics and poems to music in ways that so fit his deep growl of a voice that it seems the two share an artistic brain.

Sharon served as co-writer and producer for Cohen's 2001 album, Ten New Songs, which was praised by critics and fans alike for its soft, contemplative, and ambient feel. For several of the tracks, the style of her arrangements were translated into stage versions of the songs for Cohen's recent world tour, and like the album versions, the live incarnations prominently featured Sharon's smooth vocals. Songs used on the tour were recorded and released on Cohen's critically acclaimed album, Live in London.

Mrs. Robinson has recently remixed a live recording from 2009 and made it available for free download to her fans. The song, "Boogie Street," is from the Ten New Songs album and has a lyric by the ever impressive Cohen, who plays the dual role of poet and songwriter at an unrivaled level of excellence.

Sharon's voice on the remixed track explores the low end of her register, displaying control and emotive power. The new mix puts Sharon's vocal in the spotlight, but still keeps Cohen's unmistakable voice audible, providing a nice blend of sweet alto in the forefront and rumbling bass in the distance.

The Cohen band plays impeccably well on the track, matching Robinson's soulful voice and melody with the perfect, soft, and stylish backing that includes tasteful saxophone licks, a laid- back drum groove, muted electric guitar, and simple electric piano. In Robinson's typical style, the melody and lyrics are at the center of the track, and her vocal delivery induces chills with its beauty and subtleties.

Sharon Robinson is a phenomenal talent that deserves more exposure. This is made particularly evident during the final verse of the song. At this point, the band's accompaniment becomes minimal and Robinson's voice explores the melody in a slower and more free manner, bringing to mind the emotional depth of a haunting, African-American Spiritual.

The brand of natural talent having been refined to such a high form that is displayed in Miss Robinson's musical output can't be found on today's Top 40 radio or on the current reality shows. She is a truly gifted and inspired musician, and her artistic partnership with the great Leonard Cohen only makes her shine brighter.

You can download and listen to Sharon Robinson's new mix of the song "Boogie Street" from the Leonard Cohen 2009 World Tour at the website.

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About Jason Spraggins

Jason was born in Bells, TN. As a high school musician, Jason achieved membership in the All-West Tennessee Honor Band and, as a senior, received the John Phillips Sousa Award. He was also the 1998 recipient of the Joe Kincaid Memorial Scholarship for Musicians. He later earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with an English minor from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN. As a student at Lambuth, he participated in and was a featured soloist for the University Jazz Band (playing first alto sax). He also performed with the school's Brass Ensemble (on tuba) and Wind Band (playing first sax and tuba). Over the years, Jason has served as a summer camp instructor for various high school band programs in the area and has arranged concert band, small ensemble, and marching band music for a variety of ensembles. As a church musician, he has served as pianist and has directed vocal and hand chime groups. He has also taught instrumental music privately since his graduation. In 2004, Jason wrote the script and songs for a two act Christmas musical entitled Beyond Bethlehem. The musical has been performed twice locally and has now been submitted for publication. He is currently preparing the scores for two new shows, Elizabethtown: A Musical Western and Adventures in the Closet: A Children's Musical, both of which he is co-writing with his long-time friend and collaborator, Andy Brown. The two are also busy developing a cycle of songs for a concept album entitled Garfield County. In addition, Jason is working on a musical, "Beneath the Surface," based on the John Wayne Gacy murders of the 1970's. Aside from these projects, Jason is also preparing a set of instrumental pieces for a solo piano album called Daydreams and Reflections that is to be recorded in the coming year. Along with his current theatrical projects, Jason is actively writing stand-alone songs to be pitched to publishing houses and studios and is working to earn album placement and the inclusion of his music in T.V. and film. As a writer, Jason has a variety of approaches when crafting songs. At times he writes alone, creating both the lyrics and music himself. He most often writes with Andy Brown, setting Andy's lyrics to music. One of their new stand-alone songs, "Yours," just received a glowing review and was nominated as "Best of SongU.com" (an online songwriting community/music industry website based in Nashville). Recently, Jason has collaborated on a number of songs with composer Matt Glickstein from Hawaii, providing lyrics for Matt's compositions. The very first collaboration by Spraggins and Glickstein, a song called "Ghosts," was also nominated as "Best of SongU.com" (an honor several more of Jason's works have earned) by an award-winning professional songwriter with over a hundred cuts to his credit by major artists in country, rock, and contemporary Christian music.