KEN SHARP - Beauty in the Backseat (2018)
Beauty in the Backseat

Released : August 29, 2018
Produced by : Fernando Perdomo and Ken Sharp
Time : 60:44

01 Rock Show (5:01) Ken Sharp
02 Mona Lisa Smile (2:58) Ken Sharp
03 Lemons to Lemonade (4:16) Ken Sharp
04 No One Seems to Stay Together Anymore (3:21) Ken Sharp
05 Closer (4:03) Ken Sharp
06 24 Hours a Day (2:44) Ken Sharp
07 Pull the Strings (4:05) Ken Sharp
08 The Day That David Bowie Died (5:17) Ken Sharp
09 The Hardest Part (3:33) Ken Sharp
10 Jet Fighter (1:00) Ken Sharp
11 Ring on Your Finger (3:28) Ken Sharp
12 Listen to Me (3:42) Ken Sharp
13 Sinking (4:45) Ken Sharp
14 I Wanna Be David Cassidy (2:30) Ken Sharp
15 Philly Kind of Night (4:38) Ken Sharp
16  Miracle (4:55) Ken Sharp

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musicians :

Ken Sharp (lead and backing vocals, piano, guitars, percussion, handclaps)
Fernando Perdomo (drums, bass, guitars, synthesizer, organ, percussion, handclaps)

Ace Frehley (lguitars on track 01 "Rock Show")
John Oates (backing vocals on track 15 "Philly Kind of Night")
Kaitlin Wolfberg (violin on track 15)
Marshall Crenshaw (tambourine on track 16)
Laura Marion (backing vocals on track 01)
Tia Simone (backing vocals on track 01)
Kasim Sulton (backing vocals on track 02)
Rob Bonfiglio (backing vocals on track 08, 09, 13, 14, 16;
                          mellotron and bells on track 08)

Produced by Fernando Perdomo and Ken Sharp.
All songs recorded at Reseda Ranch Studios, Reseda, CA.
Mixed at Reseda Ranch Studios except "Rock Show", which was mixed at Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
Mastered by Zach Ziskin.

Extra NOTES (promo letter) :
This 16-track album’s traverses a wide musical terrain and a myriad of lyrical themes. “Rock Show” delivers the intoxicating joy of getting your band on the concert stage; “Pull The Strings” is a quirky story of an adult in his mid ‘40s who can’t survive without his ventriloquist dummy by his side (“Pull The Strings”), the death of David Bowie is explored on “The Day That David Bowie Died”; “Sinking” chronicles the transformative power of loss while “Listen To Me” is a plea for unity in a world torn apart by social and political tumult and divisiveness.

“Being a Philly boy with my ear permanently glued to the radio dial, the sound of Philadelphia etched its indelible mark on my musical DNA. Being able to work in the studio with John Oates, someone whose music was the soundtrack of my youth, was a supersonic blessing of brotherly love! Another full circle moment for me, being a huge fan of KISS since I was a kid, I was thrilled that Ace Frehley laid down a solo on the opening track, titled appropriately enough, ‘Rock Show.’”

Beauty In The Backseat is Sharp’s fifth album. His music has garnered raves from USA Today, Mojo, The Huffington Post, Music Connection and Goldmine and has received airplay on Sirius XM’s “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.” He’s also a seasoned live performer who’s recently landed high profile gigs opening for John Waite, David Cassidy and The Babys and headlined The Troubadour in Hollywood, California.


Ken Sharp is a New York Times Best Selling writer who has authored or co-authored over eighteen music books, contributes to a variety of national music magazines, works on music documentaries and has done liner notes for releases by Elvis Presley, Sly & the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Small Faces, Santana, Cheap Trick, Raspberries, Eric Carmen, KISS, Hall & Oates, Rick Springfield, The Babys, John Waite, The Guess Who, Jellyfish, Jefferson Airplane and others. Contact Ken Sharp

His books include: Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, Elvis: Vegas ‘69, Nothin’ to Lose: the Making of KISS (1972-1975), Elvis Presley: Writing for the King, Sound Explosion: Inside LA’s Studio Factory with the Wrecking Crew, Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries, Raspberries: TONIGHT!, Eric Carmen: Marathon Man, Reputation is a Fragile Thing: The Story of Cheap Trick, Play On!: Power Pop Heroes, Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, KISS: Behind the Mask, Meet the Beatles…Again!, Small Faces: Quite Naturally, Rick Springfield: A Year in the Life of a Working Class Dog, Power Pop, The KISS Years!, and KISS Army Worldwide!: The Ultimate KISS Fanzine Phenomenon.

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