Sharon Lewis (Delmark) Sharon Lewis hails originally from Fort Worth, Texas and brought her gospel-trained voice to Chicago in 1975. Her singing career has two origination stories: that she got her start at Lee’s Unleaded Blues on the south side of Chicago, and that she premiered at Buddy Guy’s Legends in 1993 with the band Under the Gun, with whom she subsequently released Ev- erything’s Gonna Be Alright on the Sleeping Dog label in 2004. Either way, she started late, got out of the gate fast, and was soon appear- ing all over Chicago before a quick leap onto international stages, rst performing in central Europe in 1998.

Her 2008 appearance on guitarist Dave Specter’s Live in Chicago album on Delmark began a new chapter in her professional life. Soon she was performing with her new band Texas Fire (perhaps confusingly comprised of Chicago musicians), and released The Real Deal on Delmark in 2011, with Specter on guitar. The “Texas re” is essentially the sass, brass and energy that she musters from her tenacious Texas roots. She returned to Delmark’s studios in 2016 to record Grown-Ass Woman, with guitarist and songwriter Steve Bramer replacing Specter. Many of the songs

in her repertoire are originals that speak to her personal empowerment as a black woman.

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