Spotlight On: Sharon Hazel

Born in LA County and raised in NorCal, Sharon Hazel has established some deep roots here in California.  After a few years in Chicago, where she attended DePaul University, Sharon made her way down to San Diego, where she’s been since 2006.  While attending music school at Mesa College, the laid-back (and might I add, ridiculously warm and funny) musician currently fronts Sharon Hazel Township (SHT, for short), playing gigs all over the country.  And, because apparently that doesn’t keep her busy enough, Sharon also owns and runs Crumb Records, which has produced numerous shows around SD (at venues like Kava Lounge and Beauty Bar) and at San Francisco’s El Rio.  This month, Crumb Records is also posed to release its first ever record!

1)  How would you describe your music style.

Jazz and funk-influenced Folk Rock.

2)  Name 3 musicians you’ve been inspired by and why.

There are so many…. Inspired by Dave Matthews Band because of their musicianship.  Beatles for songwriting.  Black Crowes for soul and grit.

3)  Favorite local music venues?

Locally, I like playing Lestat’s and Humphrey’s because they always make you sound great.  As a fan, I like catchin jazz at Anthology, and you can’t beat the Belly Up to watch a big named act in an intimate space.

4)  What advice do you have for new/up-and-coming musicians?

Develop and keep a very firm hold on a sense of humor. Trust your gut. Part of the journey is falling so don’t be afraid to do so.

5)  What 3 items would you put in a time capsule to send to Future Sharon?

Family photos, seeds, recordings of past Sharon speaking to future Sharon

6)  What else are you passionate about?

Huge sports fan.

7)  Favorite SD spots ?

Love to visit the good folks at Caffe Calabria in North Park.  I like to buy music at Lou’s Records up in Encinitas.  I’m a regular at Hillcrest Organics as well…got a free turkey!

8)  Favorite local bands or artists you think we should check out?

I’m heading on a West Coast tour in January with Jaylen Green. As you know, I’m a big fan of the acid jazz band Pocket as well.

9)  What’s next for you?

2011 is about hittin the road and promoting the album while attending music school.  Also, playing guitar with some other local bands.

Sharon Hazel Township’s debut album, Socrates in Urgency, will be released nationally on Monday, December 13th!  The album release party will be at the legendary Viper Room in LA.

Check out for more album release information & upcoming shows!


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One response to “Spotlight On: Sharon Hazel

  1. Chach

    Amazing woman she is!

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