"Maia Sharp is one of America's great singer-songwriters. Her storytelling runs profound and deep while honoring a pop tradition that urges you to sing along and feel good. Maia sings with an angelic voice that's shrouded in stark realism and a healthy dose of cynicism.....it's an exotic cocktail!"
– Don Was

PRESS

“Backburner” is one clever lyric, but the beauty of the song is that it isn’t cloying or cutesy. The arrangement, which features Sharp’s guitars and synths along with other musicians, is steady and unswerving, like on the cruise-control mode in your car. From Sharp’s contemplative delivery to the tautness of the arrangement, “Backburner” conveys regret without ever sounding maudlin. To extend its metaphor, it stays on simmer and never overheats.” 

– ROLLING STONE

“Nashville-based songwriter, Maia Sharp, has begun to examine her orientation to the truth in her work in a brand new way. An accomplished and prolific artist, Sharp, throughout her career, has had the ability to write about virtually anything, from a simple observation to using misheard lyrics for her own new compositions…  It’s not that what Sharp wrote before was all fiction, but this new lens through which she’s writing feels fresher. It’s also the foundation of Sharp’s forthcoming new LP.”  

– AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“…On her latest album…Mercy Rising, Sharp has crafted some terrific melodies with strong hooks and memorable lyrical turns. The moody production aesthetics on this album makes it a quite interesting and compelling listen.” 

– AUDIOPHILE REVIEW

“The Californian native Maia Sharp continues to enthrall us with emotional content…There is so much of her personality on display here, captured in all its splendor, how she will follow it, will take a momentous work (no pressure). However, for now Mercy Rising is an album everyone should hear.” 

– BIG TAKEOVER

“Maia Sharp is one of the most esteemed writers to emerge from the LA scene… Recently relocated to Nashville, her latest LP is Mercy Rising, a smoldering take on the state of the world, desire, and personal evolution, with killer one-liners. A slow burn of emotional intensity.”

– COUNTRY QUEER

“The record has the feel of a late 80’s early 90’s Bonnie Raitt release when sophisticated, adult-oriented rock could not only sit alongside big bright anthems on radio – they could out chart them. The music on Mercy Rising is thoughtful without losing its edge. There’s just a bit of bite to her songs and where that is softened by the music it’s replaced with the sting of some piercing lyrics.” 

– DISCIPLES OF SOUND

“Maia Sharp is probably known just as much for her songwriting skills for others…as she is for her own albums. But her latest, Mercy Rising, could change that. Across a dozen tracks of deeply emotional folk, Americana and pop, Sharp offers some of her most personal songs yet and the result is a cohesive set that is deeply satisfying… Whether she was writing for herself or penning songs for others, Sharp has spent decades building a solid reputation of delivering emotionally frank music that manages to be as subtle as it is effective. And it appears she has saved some of her best for Mercy Rising, a powerfully moving album that rightfully puts her in the spotlight once again.”

– GLIDE MAGAZINE

“For her eighth solo record, Maia Sharp has created an album that is both haunting and incredibly human…What strikes me about Mercy Rising is that it’s like Sharp has zoomed all the way in – bringing the listener as close as possible, through the lyrics and music….Mercy Rising captures so much warmth, it’s like seeing the sun after months of nothing but gloom. Sharp has covered a lot of ground over the years; producing, collaborating and writing for others. But, Mercy Rising is the best thing she’s ever done as a solo artist.”

– ICON FETCH

“Her voice is a siren call: warm with an impressive range that’s conveys emotions that come thick and fast through ten songs. From the sarcasm of “Nice Girl” to the lustful “Not Your Friend” she sings over a sophisticated soundtrack of smooth beats and the varied, sublime guitar sounds of Joshua Grange. The arrangements are uncluttered and you feel that every note has arrived in just the correct place after considerable collaboration. Sharp herself is accomplished multi-instrumentalist and wearing her producer’s hat, she demonstrates impressive mastery of the controls.” 

– TONY IVES BLOG

"The smart and stylish ‘The Dash Between the Dates,’ a strong folk-pop album built around striking lyrical ruminations on love, loss and mortality."

– Chicago Tribune

“Maia Sharp has had her compositions recorded by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Keb’ Mo’, Trisha Yearwood, and many more, but even more impressive is the body of recorded work she’s amassed on her own as a solo artist...[a] songwriter of grace and taste, she has an uncanny knack for subtle, simple poetry and an ear for a tremendous hook, all of which are on display on the title track from her upcoming sixth album The Dash Between the Dates.”

– PopMatters

“You might like if you enjoy: Grace Potter, Vonda Shepard, Bonnie Raitt...[Maia Sharp is a] singer-songwriter of incredible depth, it’s no wonder that the rest of the world seems to fade away when listening to Maia Sharp’s latest album “The Dash Between The Dates.” Confessional, intelligent and lush arrangements of original songs probing life’s far-flung corners fill the 12-song disc. The soulful infectious lead-off track “Nothing But The Radio” is a romantically-charged tune adorned with a full horn section, the tender “Underneath” takes a introspective look at understanding one’s self with thrilling beauty.”

– MusicNewsNashville.com

“‘The Dash Between the Dates’ (eOne Music) may be her most accomplished set of work yet – the full package of melodies, lyrics and earthy soul that brought her to the attention of world-renowned fellow musicians in the first place.”

 

– Patriot Ledger

"Bonnie Raitt often covers Sharp's songs, and no wonder. She writes melodies wide enough to let singers show their range, with lyrics that cut to the bone. Here Sharp proves she has the goods to do all that on her own." 
- New York Daily News

“A masterful collection of songs...the material on this album possesses a vibrant, insightful wisdom that the artist has coupled with a wide variety of intriguing and addictive grooves. The Dash Between the Dates is a definite high point in Maia’s already exemplary career.”

– AXS.com

“Maia Sharp is a gifted songwriter whose songs have been recorded by a long list of performers...Fans on both sides of the microphone know she has an uncanny knack for cutting straight to the heart of complex emotional issues in her lyrics.”

– Chicago Sun-Times

“We think there should be nothing but this song on the radio! Maia Sharp’s infectious new single ‘Nothing But The Radio On’ captures you with its constant beat and catchy pop hook. You can’t help but be drawn into the melody and sing along.

– Curve

“(*** out of four) The L.A.-based songwriter continues to build an impressive solo career with her serious and sensitive, jazzy/poppy fifth album. These 10 originals showcase Sharp's clear, aching voice and tough-tender reflections on love.”
– USA Today

“enticing”

– AmericanSongwriter.com

“Sharp [accompanied by guitarist Linda Taylor]…delivered a 20-song set that never lacked rhythm, depth or power…the pair worked through a kaleidoscope of sound, vibe and emotion…What can two women armed with their voices, a handful of guitars, a piano and a saxophone do? Apparently, anything they want.”

– Relix

“A prolific songwriter, she’s written music for some of the industry’s best, including Cher, Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks, and Art Garfunkel. But she’s a star in her own right, too.”

– Advocate.com

“A supremely versatile musical force who has deftly balanced her 15-year solo career with songwriting and producing for major artists (Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Edwin McCain, Art Garfunkel), Maia Sharp finally gets around to fully producing one of her own projects -- to both heartfelt and rousing effect -- on the poignant and poetic yet frequently quirky Change the Ending. Considering that her previous collection, Echo, was helmed by famed producer Don Was, taking full charge was a risky mission, but one she delivers beautifully...
- AllMusic.com

“Musically and vocally Maia’s somewhere between Bonnie Raitt and Carole King...She writes about broken love, lost love, yearned for love, even rising above love...and she makes it all so believable.”
–International Review of Music

“The album features the sort of smart wordplay and ear-snagging melodies Sharp has become known for, delivered with a vibe that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the front row of a very small club.”
– Jambands.com

“ 9 out of 10 stars. Sharp continues to raise the bar for smart, evolved song craft.”
– Music Connection

“Sharp delivers another truly beautiful album [and] proves again that she ranks among today’s finest singer-songwriters.”
–PopCultureClassics.com

“Sharp is admirably accomplished...a versatile, accomplished music-maker who approaches her craft with confidence but not complacency.”
– Mobile Register

“A gifted singer and songwriter, Maia Sharp chronicles love and relationships with the kind of honesty and authenticity that thrills with a single listen. There are plenty of wonderful arrangements and shining melodies across Sharp’s new album ‘Change the Ending.’”
– Desert Star Weekly

“Sharp certainly shows an affinity for recasting a classic Brill Building sensibility, offering up an affable sound that recalls the Carole King classics of the Tapestry era. Many of her songs convey the quiet yearning and soaring passion that made those '70s standards so lingering and indelible.”
– Broward-Palm Beach New Times

“Sharp is a marvelous performer in her own right, with standout solo discs to her credit. In addition to the infectious lead single ‘Me After You,’ Sharp does a brilliant job of capturing the challenges of being different on ‘Standing Out in a Crowd.’”
– Bay Area Reporter

"‘Change the Ending’ is a jazzy, folksy delight as Sharp serves up another 10-track delight. Highlights abound, including lead single ‘Me After You,’ ‘Buy My Love’ (there’s also an instrumental version of the tune included), ‘Rising,’ the title track and personal favorite ‘The Bed I Made.’ Sharp even tackles ‘Standing Out in a Crowd,’ a song she wrote for Yearwood that she’s tweaked a bit for herself. Good stuff.”
–McKeesport Daily News

“The new album reaffirms Sharp’s gift for capturing the subtleties and shades of gray that characterize relationships.”
– Music News Nashville

“3 Stars!! – Sharp and Clear…..at her most clever, Sharp always leads with her heart and comes across as a performer worth getting to know.”
– USA Today

NPR "Song of the Day"

“Maia Sharp: A Songwriter Set To Arrive”
– NPR’s “All Things Considered”

“A subtly ingratiating song, it makes its point with grace and nuance
– NPR’s “Song of the Day”

"Maia Sharp conjures the allure of yesteryears Brill Building luminaries....Sharp wields her crisp, alluring choruses like a temptress; listeners will surely be ensnared. Her tear-soaked lyrics and high-cresting melody conspire for a finely crafted lesson on invincible pop."
— Billboard

"She comes into her own as a promising performer in her own right on her fifth album, Echo..."
– LA Weekly

“a nifty power-pop record that could be her breakthrough...studded with hard-to-resist hooks, ‘Echo’ trades the folk and jazz elements that colored Sharp’s earlier records for a rocked-up take on the classic California singer-songwriter sound.”
–Boston Globe

“a sterling up-and-coming talent”
– The Washington Post

“Sharp delivers a dozen signature songs propelled by Don Was’ rocking production…..beginning with the guitar anthem “Polite Society” and ending with the chilling self-referential “The Girl on Her Way,”� Sharp’s deft turns of phrase and consequential melodies are mirrored in the stoic intimacy of her plaintive vocals”
–Music Connection

4 Stars - The songs (on Echo) are so good it ceases to matter how a not very well-known singer-songwriter hooked up with a well-known producer like Was.� As the album title foreshadows, by the end, her acknowledgement of human flaws rings like an all-encompassing echo. But it doesn’t feel heavy, because each song is carried by hooky, instantly pleasing melodies with appealing, sophisticated chords underneath.
– American Songwriter

“…her solid songwriting chops recall the best of the ‘70s writers like Joni Mitchell and Carole King.”
– Curve

“John Q. Lonely” might make you doublecheck the writing credits to make sure they don’t read “Lennon/McCartney” – honest and true....in another time and in another place, Echo would be playing in dorm rooms everywhere come fall, for sure. Maybe it will … it deserves to be.” –
– Jam Bands.com

“Maia Sharp reminds listeners of her prodigious talents as a pop songwriter on the new CD ‘Echo,’ a melodious blast produced by the great Don Was, anchored by master drummer Jim Keltner and featuring a cool cameo by Bonnie Raitt...”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune

“...her finest release to date, an album whose rootsy songwriter pop crackles with shrewd insight, keen writing and a strong dose of carpe diem.”
– Nashville Scene

“The songs [on Echo] reveal a woman with a richly mature sound, a distinctive edge and a superb voice...Sharp's melodies are consistently engaging and her lyrics are clever...in a smart fashion that reveals more provocative layers with each repeated listen.”
–The Springfield Republican

“A potpourri of pop, country and rock with hints of jazz, mixing banjos and mandolins with cellos and violas to produce a sound that’s polished without being slick. Sharp’s free-wheeling approach recalls the spirit of Dylan’s pre-motorcycle crash songs.”
– No Depression

“…. one of the smartest songwriters out there.”
– Performing Songwriter

“Album of the Month – She’s penned hits for a wide range of artists…Now the silky-voiced Sharp is releasing her fourth solo album; it teems with catchy melodies (‘Polite Society’) and pointed lyrics (‘Death by Perfection,’ a hummable duet with Bonnie Raitt).”
– More Magazine

“Echo finds singer/songwriter Maia Sharp recasting the classic Brill Building template within the bounds of the new Millennium.”
– blurt-online.com

“The album is home to 12 striking songs, and Sharp has never sounded better.”
– Portland Press Herald

“Performing as a duo, Sharp combined a strong voice, playing acoustic guitar and keyboards for an evening of enjoyable music. Sharp demonstrated that she was way more than just another songwriter."
– Standard Time (Boston, MA)

“With ‘Echo,’ Sharp appears to have changed her status from respected songwriter to solo artist with a bullet...”
– Birmingham News

QUOTES

“…And what sets {Maia} apart is a perceptive intimacy that finds the small moments in a relationship to be as significant as the grand gestures. A great example is in the reveal in “Whatever We Are,” where she sings, “Changing the station or singing along / In the back of my mind or the back of your car / I love you whatever we are.”

– NO DEPRESSION

“Mercy Rising (is) a set of confident and compelling songs…a heartfelt paean to the honesty and humanity that lingers within us all…Sharp’s well known for her ability to share affecting tales that find a kind of catharsis within each outing.”  

– GOLDMINE (Print)

Though Maia Sharp has been recording her own albums for many years, she has also composed songs for lots of other artists—Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Cher…to name a few… Her skill in that regard comes across on this latest release(and)…so do her performing talents.  There are some sweet songs here, among them the touching “Always Good to See You,” but Sharp knows how to stick in a knife as well, such as on “Nice Girl,” where a soothing melody belies a lyric whose memorable key line is “You’re gonna make some nice girl miserable someday.” 

– AMERICANA HIGHWAYS and THE MORTON REPORT

“It’s undeniable that Sharp has a laser-driven ability to describe the inner and outer desires and detours that continually make modern life a puzzle, but she can also capture the elusiveness of romance like a natural novelist. Her songs tell stories that haven’t been told, and she sings with such a no-nonsense beauty that every track has those moments when it feels like the world has been explained in a way never heard.” 

– BENTLEY'S BANDSTAND

“The lyrics in tracks like “Backburner” and “Not Your Friend” more than live up to what the music demands. In fact, as one stunning song follows another, it’s hard to identify a single weak track on the album.” 

– COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT

“When I have a radio show, “Things To Fix” may just be the first song I play. There may not be a more honest song released in 2021, and it is only one of about six perfect compositions and performances included within Maia Sharp’s Mercy Rising…. Maia Sharp has created an incredible album. You’ll like it. 

– FERVOR COULEE

“Maia Sharp is, first and foremost, a composer… Sharp’s barbs are as pointed as ever. Yet she sings ‘em so sweetly and soulfully that you don’t mind being sucker-punched. Case-In-Point—“Nice Girl,” where the mellifluous ambiance cracks open so the bile of the punch line can slap you hard. “When The World Doesn’t End” is smart, philosophical and questioning. “Backburner” is for those who suppress emotion... She’s a true poet.”

– GOLDMINE (Web)

“ (On her) new adult alternative album, Mercy Rising…her resonant voice is deep and low, weighted with weariness but also loaded with heart…She’s got great lines for any stage of a relationship…Sharp’s rich voice punctuates every mood…” 

– KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL

Maia Sharp’s voice is warm, dreamy and smooth on the ears. It’s mellow but intricately personal… She excels at songwriting and teller of tales, and this shows on Mercy Rising...(she is) for the people who understand that sometimes feelings exposed and a beautiful voice deserve to be heard. “

– RAGE MONTHLY

“To my ears Maia Sharp has a voice like tattered velvet; drawing you into her fascinating tales like a siren on the cliff’s edge…nothing prepared me for the intensity and beauty combined in the lyrics and stories on this album ….. it’s a keeper.” 

– ROCKING MAGPIE

“Maia Sharp has had her compositions recorded by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Keb’ Mo’, Trisha Yearwood, and many more, but even more impressive is the body of recorded work she’s amassed on her own as a solo artist...[a] songwriter of grace and taste, she has an uncanny knack for subtle, simple poetry and an ear for a tremendous hook, all of which are on display on the title track from her upcoming sixth album The Dash Between the Dates.”

– PopMatters

“Maia Sharp is a gifted songwriter whose songs have been recorded by a long list of performers...Fans on both sides of the microphone know she has an uncanny knack for cutting straight to the heart of complex emotional issues in her lyrics.”

– Chicago Sun-Times

“‘The Dash Between the Dates’ (eOne Music) may be her most accomplished set of work yet – the full package of melodies, lyrics and earthy soul that brought her to the attention of world-renowned fellow musicians in the first place.”

 

 – Patriot Ledger

“The 12-song album showcases Sharp’s vivid lyrical insight, infectious melodic sensibility, and soulful vocal grit.”

 

– Burlington Journal Times

“This outstanding singer-songwriter returns with one of her finest albums. Sharp seems to have an infinite ability to conjure up magical melodies. And her lyrics are eloquently expressed...Filled with memorable songs and strong, convincing vocals, this is an album you should dash out to get.”

 

– PopCultureClassics.com

“We think there should be nothing but this song on the radio! Maia Sharp’s infectious new single ‘Nothing But The Radio On’ captures you with its constant beat and catchy pop hook.  You can’t help but be drawn into the melody and sing along.

 

– Curve

“a masterful collection of songs...the material on this album possesses a vibrant, insightful wisdom that the artist has coupled with a wide variety of intriguing and addictive grooves. The Dash Between the Dates is a definite high point in Maia’s already exemplary  career.”

 

– AXS.com

“‘Nothing but the Radio’...is pop gold, with an infectious hook and fun, thinly veiled suggestive lyrics...Another standout track on the ‘Dash’ record is the song ‘Maybe Tonight’ [co-written with and featuring Dave Stewart].”

 

– Maine Today

“The first single to Sharp’s The Dash Between the Dates is the sizzling ‘Nothing but the Radio.’ The upbeat and delightfully provocative track hums with jubilant desire. The song is a genre-crossing potential number one hit that, like the singer, is just waiting for that careful or reckless rendezvous (preferably the second) that will change everything. Maia radiates such an irresistible snarky beauty on this track that it’s impossible not to be swept away by her inspired wordplay and succumb to her crafty musical seduction.”

– AXS.com

“You might like if you enjoy: Grace Potter, Vonda Shepard, Bonnie Raitt...[Maia Sharp is a] singer-songwriter of incredible depth, it’s no wonder that the rest of the world seems to fade away when listening to Maia Sharp’s latest album “The Dash Between The Dates.” Confessional, intelligent and lush arrangements of original songs probing life’s far-flung corners fill the 12-song disc. The soulful infectious lead-off track “Nothing But The Radio” is a romantically-charged tune adorned with a full horn section, the tender “Underneath” takes a introspective look at understanding one’s self with thrilling beauty.”

– MusicNewsNashville.com

"Maia Sharp conjures the allure of yesteryears Brill Building luminaries....Sharp wields her crisp, alluring choruses like a temptress; listeners will surely be ensnared. Her tear-soaked lyrics and high-cresting melody conspire for a finely crafted lesson on invincible pop."
– Billboard 

“One of the smartest songwriters out there.”
– Performing Songwriter

“Maia Sharp: A Songwriter Set To Arrive”
– NPR’s “All Things Considered”

“Maia Sharp is a compelling swirl of poignancy, groove, wit, and brilliance. She is the consummate artist, effortlessly blending heart, soul, and mind into riveting vignettes that truly engage and move not only her fans, but some of the most iconic names in music, as well. In short, she is the archetypal songwriter’s songwriter.” 

– AXS.com

“Her songs have been recorded by such artists as Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks, Cher, Trisha Yearwood, Paul Carrack, Kathy Mattea, Edwin McCain and Mindy Smith. But none can top Sharp’s interpretations of her own material.”

– PopCultureClassics.com

“A nifty power-pop record that could be her breakthrough...studded with hard-to-resist hooks, ‘Echo’ trades the folk and jazz elements that colored Sharp’s earlier records for a rocked-up take on the classic California singer-songwriter sound.”
– Boston Herald

“4 Stars - As the album title foreshadows, by the end, her acknowledgment of human flaws rings like an all-encompassing echo. But it doesn’t feel heavy, because each song is carried by hooky, instantly pleasing melodies with appealing, sophisticated chords underneath.”
– American Songwriter

“3 Stars!! – Sharp and Clear…..at her most clever, Sharp always leads with her heart and comes across as a performer worth getting to know.”
– USA Today

“A sterling up-and-coming talent”
–The Washington Post

“Sharp delivers a dozen signature songs propelled by Don Was’ rocking production…..beginning with the guitar anthem “Polite Society” and ending with the chilling self-
referential “The Girl on Her Way,” Sharp’s deft turns of phrase and consequential melodies are mirrored in the stoic intimacy of her plaintive vocals”
– Music Connection

“...her finest release to date. An album whose rootsy songwriter pop crackles with shrewd insight, keen writing and a strong dose of carpe diem.”
– Nashville Scene

“The songs [on Echo] reveal a woman with a richly mature sound, a distinctive edge and a superb voice...Sharp's melodies are consistently engaging and her lyrics are clever...in a smart fashion that reveals more provocative layers with each repeated listen.”
– The Springfield Republican

“The album is home to 12 striking songs, and Sharp has never sounded better.”
– Portland Press Herald

“Performing as a duo, Sharp combined a strong voice, playing acoustic guitar and keyboards for an evening of enjoyable music. Sharp demonstrated that she was way more than just another songwriter."
– Standard Time (Boston, MA)

“With Echo, Sharp appears to have changed her status from respected songwriter to solo artist with a bullet...”
– Birmingham News

"Maia is making some of the most innovative and soulful music around with songs that are head and shoulders above the rest. She has become one of my favorite artists….a brilliant album, start to finish."
– Bonnie Raitt

"Maia Sharp is one of America's great singer-songwriters. Her storytelling runs profound and deep while honoring a pop tradition that urges you to sing along and feel good. Maia sings with an angelic voice that's shrouded in stark realism and a healthy dose of cynicism.....it's an exotic cocktail!"
– Don Was

"I have never heard a better collection of songs. They just stick in my head"
– Jim Keltner

“A potpourri of pop, country and rock with hints of jazz, mixing banjos and mandolins with cellos and violas to produce a sound that’s polished without being slick. Sharp’s free-wheeling approach recalls the spirit of Dylan’s pre-motorcycle crash songs.”
– No Depression

[about Maia's debut album, Hardly Glamour] "Maia's CD is absolutely wonderful. I'm so glad I got to write with her. Maia is an old soul and a new friend."
– Carole King

"Maia Sharp is a musician's musician - her songs have the harmonic twists and turns that always kill me, her voice gets to my very heart and soul, and she still manages to deliver those classic, fabulous hooks."
– Jonatha Brooke

"In the tradition of great female artists, Karla Bonoff, Bonnie Raitt, Christine McVie, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan....now enter Maia Sharp."
– Art Garfunkel

“Maia Sharp reminds listeners of her prodigious talents as a pop songwriter on the new CD ‘Echo,’ a melodious blast produced by the great Don Was, anchored by master drummer Jim Keltner and featuring a cool cameo by Bonnie Raitt...”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Maia has one of the most soulful and unique voices I've heard. She is a true artist, a great songwriter, and plays a mean saxophone!"
– Terri Clark

"There is a string attached to Maia Sharp's voice. And when she sings, you find that the other end is attached to your gut. Her voice is lush and sensual and the emotions she articulates
resonate with the small feelings we have that sometimes are hard to face..there is an edge to her songs, but also a softness...she is lyrical and conversational at the same time. Her CD was the only one in my machine for a month. Her work inspires me to dig deeper."
– Kathy Mattea