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.
Alan Oehler, guitar
Alan grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and was originally drawn to playing music after seeing an unknown cellist one morning on a weekend morning children’s TV show. He took up guitar a some years later.
It was hearing Eric Clapton’s break at the end of the live recording of “Sittin’ On Top of the World” off Cream’s Goodbye album that really hooked him. By college he began to jam with other musicians and develop some facility. During these years he also widened his horizons and became a fan of jazz, jazz fusion, and progressive rock. He studied briefly with Ted Dunbar and Billy Butler at the Jazzmobile program in NYC and with Bob Suppan on Long Island.
Relocating to the West Coast a couple of years later, Alan continued to learn and grow, studying for a time with Duncan James in San Francisco, 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.