02 The Real Deal
(Sharon Lewis)

Sharon Lewis, vocals
Bruce James, guitar
Roosevelt Purifoy, piano, organ, rhodes
Melvin Smith, bass
Tony Dale, drums
Dave Specter, guitar
Kenny Anderson, trumpet & horn arrangements
Steve Berry, trombone
Hank Ford, tenor sax
Jerry DiMuzio, baritone sax

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire: Real Deal (CD)
She's one of the finest vocalists on Chicago's scene, today. 'Basically, I wanted the message to be about dealing with life - coping, surviving.' Her songs are dealing with the basics of everyday life. The blend of soul, blues, and r&B delivers the perfect soundtrack for her lyrics. Excellent. SHARON LEWIS - voc, BRUCE JAMES - gtr, ROOSEVELT PURIFOY - pno/org/Rhodes, MELVIN SMITH - bass, TONY DALE - drums. Special guests: DAVE SPECTER - gtr, BILLY BRANCH - hca, plus horns.

Sharon Lewis made her Delmark debut in 2007 as a special guest vocalist with Dave Specter on Live in Chicago (CD Delmark 794, DVD 1794). '...it's Sharon Lewis who provides the disc's most exciting moments. Her powerful pipes inject a strong gospel vibe into her originals 'In Too Deep' and the head-turning ballad 'Angel'.' -Blues Revue Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sharon's earliest musical experience was as a member of a gospel choir. She moved to Chicago permanently in 1975 and became active on the Chicago blues scene in the early 90s. In 2005 Sharon formed her own band, Texas Fire. The Real Deal features new Sharon Lewis original songs and a few covers of songs she often performs in her live shows like Van Morrison's 'Crazy Love' and Bill Withers' 'Ain't No Sunshine'.