Sharon West brings an original and new sound to New Age which blends elements of pop symphonic, jazz and electronic music. She composes music and songs that help people to relax and rejuvenate themselves in the world today.
She has had an interesting journey to finally being a professional, full-time composer and song-writer within the last six years. She produced her first CD, "Dances in the Mist" in 2003, her second CD, "Canvas of My Soul" in 2004, and her third CD, "Notes from the Woods" in 2006. She released a fourth CD "World Journey" in December 2007, and co-wrote an all-original Holiday music CD with Joyce Tumea in 2008 entitled “Holiday Treasures”. Her latest CD, “Be Still and Breathe” was release in July 2009 and is a collaborative effort with Dorothy May, PhD who wrote all the guided meditations while Sharon did the voice-over work and composed all the music on the CD. Many of her CDs have placed in the Top 20 of the New Age Reporter Radio Charts.
Sharon played numerous instruments throughout her life, starting with piano in 1st grade ("only played 2 years since my teacher said if I was going to only play by ear, that she couldn't teach me for very long"). Then she took up the Alto Recorder and had private lessons for 2 more years, then played violin for 2 years. But once she realized all her friends were in the band and not the orchestra, decided to play Alto Saxophone, and proceeded to play that from 6th grade through most of college in various jazz and symphonic bands.
During college, she started to play the piano again as she could find them available in the dorm halls or music buildings. Although she was getting a degree in engineering, the need to write music never really left and was an integral part of her life.
After getting both a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois-Champaign, she took a management job at Illinois Bell/Ameritech (now SBC) and worked there for the next 17 years (picking up an MBA from Northwestern in the middle). She went back for some additional piano lessons for a couple years while working, and began experimenting with synthesizers back in the mid-1980s.
After Ameritech/SBC, she worked at Tellabs in management for two more years before finally deciding to dedicate herself full-time to the music she felt "calling" her in the intervening years. She is now writing and producing her music full-time out of her home studio, with aspirations to write music soundtracks for films as well. She completed her Masters Certificate in Songwriting in 2006, and recently completed a certificate in Specialist - Orchestration for Film & TV, both from the Berklee College of Music (Boston) via online courses. She is working on her next solo CD, which will be released in 2013.