Groove – Episode #60: Sharay Reed

Sharay Reed

Photo by Michael Weintrob

What first caught my attention was his book, Be There – A Book of Bass. Sharay Reed has also authored, Bass Lines. So, he’s more than an incredible bass player. He is a writer and entrepreneur and the city of Chicago must be proud of what their citizen has done to bring musical joy to the world.

Sharay is a proficient player on the upright, electric, and synth bass and reads music fluently. He has performed in the bands of Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, the controversial R. Kelly, Boyz II Men, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and many others.

Sharay graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s Degree (with Distinction) in Composition. He currently plays bass with keyboardist Cory Henry and does freelance bass playing for a wide variety of artists and projects.

His life continues to be a fascinating journey.

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  1. MikeyM.

    Inspiring podcast, thanks guys! (Mitch and Sharay)