2020 is turning out to be a good year for Kingdom choir member, Sharlene-Monique, who is also carving out a successful career for herself as a singer/songwriter.
Britain’s leading gospel station, Premier Gospel, made ‘Stay’, the debut single from her second EP, Perspectives, their Single of the Week, prior to its release in February. And last month, 90s pop star, Gabrielle, announced that Sharlene-Monique would be the support act on her UK tour, which kicks off in November this year.
As you can imagine, Sharlene is excited about these developments, particularly being support for Gabrielle. Sharlene recalled how she got the gig: “I did a show last year, where I co-headlined with Stephanie Sounds and Phebe Edwards. Gabrielle was there. After the show, she looked me up on Instagram and expressed that she really enjoyed my music, my songs, my set and performance, and that she wanted to buy my CD.
Fast forward a couple of months, I bumped into Gabrielle at a petrol station and we got talking. She shared she had a tour coming up, and I just asked: “Do you have a support act?” She said she didn’t and that I should contact her manager. I contacted her manager, and the rest is history. I can’t wait!”
During the tour, Sharlene-Monique will be performing songs from her second EP, Perspectives, and hopes to win new fans. The concept behind her new EP is self-explanatory. She explained: “I’m passionate about sharing my perspective. We live in a time where it almost feels like if you don’t have a certain perspective on how things should be in society, it’s almost like you are ridiculed for it. I think that it is wrong. God has given us free will, and I do think that we should all be able to share our perspective. We may not agree, and that’s fine, but for me, personally, I can show you love yet we don’t have to agree on the same things. It’s just an expression of me sharing my views.”
She added: “My songs have to have a message. I’m here to impact people’s lives; it’s something I take very seriously. I’ll do the fun, I’ll do the encouragement to bring people in, but I really do want to impact people’s lives as well. That’s what I’ve been called to do.”
Alongside pursuing her solo career, Sharlene has been a member of the Kingdom Choir for over 10 years, and has travelled with founder, Karen Gibson, when she has conducted workshops across the UK and abroad.
Sharlene described performing at the Royal wedding as “an experience of a lifetime”. She remains blown over by how the world responded to the choir’s performance of ‘Stand By Me’. She said: “It was also amazing to have such an impact on so many people’s lives through that song, and proves that God can really use anything. It doesn’t have to look how you think it should. He’ll use any song, He’ll put His anointing on it, and that’s that.”
As a member of the Kingdom Choir, Sharlene was part of their tour across the UK, the US and Canada, where they did over 30 live shows and performed on platforms like The Today Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Hollywood Bowl and Access Hollywood, to name but a few.
One abiding lesson she has learnt from working so closely to Karen is to be consistent and caring. She said: “What I really took from Karen is the way she cared for the people. It’s something I will never forget, and it’s something that has inspired me as an artist.”
Sharlene, a PK (Pastor’s Kid), has always loved singing, so being an artist is a dream job for her. Ever since she branched out in 2018 with her debut EP, Destiny, she has been making waves. The songs have been streamed 850,000 times, across the world. Her single, ‘Diamond Woman’, released in 2019, was on rotation on Jazz FM. Sharlene’s music video, ‘You’, won Best Solo, Best Inspirational and Music Video of the Year at the Jump Music Video Awards 2017. And in 2019, she was awarded for Best Performing Artist and Originality/Inspirational Music by the women’s organisation, Voice & Hope.
She has also conducted a successful mini-solo tour of Norway, Ireland and London.
Sharlene-Monique is hopeful that her forthcoming music release – and being support on Gabrielle’s tour – will broaden her fan base and let everyone know she’s here for the long haul. She’s an artist who aims to be around for a long time.
For more information, visit www.sharlenemonique.com.