Sharon Lea, vocals
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sharon listened to an eclectic mix of music — Journey, Aerosmith, Herb Alpert, Santana, Pat Benatar, Billy Joel, Sting, Merle Haggard, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, John Denver, Chubby Checker… the list is never-ending…
The old-time crooners were her passion, though — Tony Bennett leaving his heart in San Francisco, or how Ella Fitzgerald’s voice was unequaled to anything she had ever heard. The lyrics of days gone by told stories — they painted beautiful pictures with beautiful words. Sharon wanted to be a storyteller and bring out all the emotion and sincerity of each lyric. Whether smooth ballads, or up-tempo swing tunes, these are the songs she wanted to sing.
Lea & Co. is that dream come true. Sharon has spent 30 years developing her style, a simple reflection of her own personality, filled with rich tones, warm emotion and sincerity. Whether taking you on a trip down “Route 66,” or melting hearts every mile with “I’m In The Mood For Love,” Sharon will take you somewhere special. Somewhere to smile, shed a tear, and dance the night away.
Jeff Moles, upright & electric bass
At age ten in the Chicago area, Jeff began his musical life on trumpet, which he played through high school jazz band, competitive drum & bugle corps, a partial college scholarship, and into his adult life while pursuing engineering as his main career. After a few years’ hiatus, he got back into music by way of classical and jazz guitar before finally gravitating towards bass. On electric bass, Jeff is a veteran of diverse working bands including Hit List Rock & Soul Revue, The Grips (classic rock), and Altered Rhythm Society (groove-jazz originals). On upright bass, he took two very instructive lessons with Chicago-area great Eric Hochberg, but is otherwise self-taught.
In 2013, Jeff moved to the Bay Area, where he got involved in the jam scene, playing everything from Chicago blues to southern rock to disco hits. Through these jam sessions, Jeff met musicians who hired him to sub for them in various bands. He further gained a reputation as a solid player in Cadillac Jack (classic R&B, blues, rock & pop), Knee Deep (blue-eyed rock & soul), and now with Lea & Co.
Alan Oehler, guitar
Alan grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and was originally drawn to playing music by an unknown cellist he saw one morning on a weekend morning kid’s show. He took up guitar a couple of years later. His first guitar self-destructed after being tuned too high, but the second one lasted long enough for him to get some rudimentary experience before succumbing to ennui and stashing it away in the garage.
Then he heard the Beatles and Motown, and music began to pull at him again. But it was hearing Eric Clapton’s break at the end of the live recording “Sittin’ On Top of the World” off Cream’s Goodbye album that proved the most enduring inspiration.
By college he was beginning to jam with other musicians and develop some facility. During these years he also widened his horizons and became a huge jazz, jazz fusion, and progressive rock fan. He studied briefly with Ted Dunbar and Billy Butler at the Jazzmobile program in NYC.
Relocating to the West Coast a couple of years later, Alan continued to learn and grow, studying for a time with Duncan James, and taking some classes and workshops at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley with Steve Erquiaga, Brian Pardo, and others.
Alan has played in rock and soul cover bands, spending some time with SNUG and Tehya, and currently is a member of the newly-formed band No Static. He has also served as sole accompanist to singers Carol Emerson and Bonnie Thomas, and plays occasional guitar duo gigs with Jeff Kamil and Jon Rubin. He recently teamed with Sharon and Jeff to form Lea & Co.