Dutch singer Sharon Kovacs is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Hailing from the Dutch city of Eindhoven, her incredibly dark, raw voice impressed, but also made her musical education a challenging one. She teamed up with producer Oscar Holleman (Within Temptation, After Forever, Gorefest), who was blown away by her voice. "Though her voice sounds black, here stood a white girl with a shaved head. I was intrigued, so we started working together." Due to her style and dark voice, comparisons to Portishead and Shirley Bassey are quickly made. As Sharon states: "I listen to Billie Holiday, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Dinah Washingtonâ€¦ Tina Turner and Janis Joplin are favourites as well."
Sharon also travelled to several other countries to write with a range of different songwriters. The result: Kovacs's eponymous debut EP, containing four songs (the vinyl edition boasts a bonus track + hidden track) on which she makes a lasting impression. On tracks like the first single "My Love", "When The Lady's Hurt" and "He Talks That Shit", Sharon's up front attitude is apparent. The fourth song on her EP "I've Seen That Face Before", made famous by Grace Jones, was recorded in Cuba with local musicians at the Egrem Studios in Havana. Together they are now putting the finishing touches to her debut album.
The EP "My Love" was released in The Netherlands on May 9th and reached top 10 in the iTunes charts straight after the release. She was chosen as Radio 6 Soul & Jazz Talent and 3FM's Serious Talent, performed live on tv at "De Wereld Draait Door" and played amongst others live at the Radio 3FM "GIEL" morning show. "My Love" is 3FM Megahit as of July 18th. She performed at large Dutch festivals such as Bospop and the North Sea Jazz Festival, and two aftershows for Pearl Jam.
The vinyl edition ofMy Love EPcontains a bonus track and hidden track, and is limited to 500 copies on a neat little 10" record!