Assisted in writing and producing her latest effort, Vic Smiley contributed music and arrangements on several songs. Says North, "He’s the baddest guitar player on the planet - and, he’s produced some gospel groups in Cleveland. He’s also on the new album by UGK and has done work with Yung Joc. He’s a very sought after guitarist. And, he did all the production on my project and arranged nearly every song."
North has wowed crowds across America as she opened for Patti LaBelle, worked with Clarence "Doctor Bob" Ross, saxophone player for the Isley Brothers and music programmer for Chaka Khan, En Vogue, New Edition and others. She has also performed with keyboardist for James Brown, Jerry "Louie" Poindexter. Current keyboard player, Keith "Keecho" Rawls also is a former music director for Peabo Bryson.
North blew the crowd away during Mobile, Alabama's Bayfest 2006 celebration. With all this experience, it was only natural Sharon Rae North would create a soulful, groove laden, heartfelt album, riding the wave to success.
Soft, gentle, and romantic, title track, "The Way You Make Me Feel" offers a dreamy feeling as Sharon Rae North’s angelic voice expresses yearnings for her lover. A nice backing of keyboards and drums allows North’s heartfelt expression to shine to this Bossa Nova beat.
Perky, upbeat, "The Things You Do To Me,’ brings out the depth of North’s vocals. A balanced arrangement by Vic Smiley shares swank saxophone of DeWayne Martin with Jon Roberts on Bass, giving North a pleasant background for her reaching vocals.
Written by Harry Nilsson, "One" is a fondly remembered tune, originally done by Three Dog Night. Driven by melancholy, portrayed with North’s sultry, crystal voice and background vocals provided by Melvin Sephus a soft, gentle backing. North does a slower, gentler interpretation than the original.
Vic Smiley stands out on his music and arrangement, "Something About" as he finds a smooth groove on guitar and drum programming, then joins in the lyrics with North for this slow tune.
Keyboardist Keith "Keecho" Rawls joins with Vic Smiley’s drum accompaniment to North’s strong, vibrating lead vocal on "It’s No Wonder." Dynamic strings surround North’s dreamy tone. Remarks DJ Carmen Brown: "The ‘vamp’ on "It’s No Wonder," reminds me of Nina Simone with a little bit of Della and Ella tossed in for color.
Made famous by Donny Hathaway, "We’re Still Friends," is taken in a soulful direction by North with a lingering, languishing tone, accentuated by the impassioned keyboard of Christian Robinson, a soft bass roll by Jeff Johnson and air guitar played by Victor "Mooty" McCoy.
Spunky, funky, "Gotta Get Away" picks up the beat as Keith "Keecho" Rawls adds his keyboard and drum programming to this lively number. Melvin Sephus adds extra dimension with his background vocals, closing the album on an upbeat note.
After the acclaimed success of North’s 2003 release, The Thing You Do To Me, it’s a likely prediction her new album will rate high on the charts, crossing jazz, pop, soul, R&B, and find a home with hip listeners everywhere.