Todd Sharp
Biography Written by David Oberman.
Additional information was generously provided by Todd Sharp.

Todd Sharp - January's Question and Answer guest on the Penguin - started
Todd Sharp; Photo provided by Todd Sharp
Todd Sharp
playing guitar at age 11, and music has been his career ever since. An award-winning guitarist and songwriter, Sharp has lent his talents to albums as diverse as Danny Douma's Night Eyes, Bonnie Raitt's Nine Lives, Al Stewart's Famous Last Words, Jimmy Barnes' Two Fires and Bryan Savage's Soul Temptation.

A Cleveland native, Sharp toured for several years as the guitarist for Hall and Oates in the mid-1970s. After his touring stint with the popular duo, Sharp auditioned as tour guitarist for Bob Welch, whose French Kiss was one of the best-selling rock albums in the world. Mick Fleetwood was Welch's manager at the time, and the two found themselves drawn to Sharp for the job. "When Mick and I spied his lithe and lissome form, and heard his cascading flurry of honeyed notes, we 'fell in love,' and hired him on the spot," Welch said. Sharp worked with Welch on several studio projects, including two albums, The Other One and Three Hearts.

Once Fleetwood Mac's 10-month world tour for Tusk ended in September 1980, Mick Fleetwood headed to Ghana, Africa, and brought along Sharp and another good friend, George Hawkins, to record the drummer's first solo album, The Visitor. The album broke new ground with its infusion of African polyrhythms into a bedrock of blues, rock and pop.

In 1986, Sharp
Rod Stewart and Todd Sharp; Photo provided by Todd Sharp
Rod Stewart & Todd Sharp
released his first album, Who Am I, which featured a guest appearance by solo artist Billy Burnette. Also appearing on this MCA release was an old friend of his, Christine McVie. Christine met Sharp when he toured with Welch for French Kiss (Welch opened several gigs for Fleetwood Mac at the time), and struck up a friendship with him and his wife, who were occasional visitors over the years to Christine's home in Los Angeles. In the early 1980s, Christine and Sharp began writing songs together, and the idea of a Christine McVie solo album began to take shape once four or five demos had been written and recorded.

Sessions in Montreux, Switzerland, for Christine McVie (1984) went smoothly and quickly, according to Christine. We did all the demos and zipped right through," she said. "We did a lot of preliminary work before going to Montreux. This album only took three months of studio time to record."

The album was a critical and commercial success, and featured Sharp as lead guitarist and co-writer of "The Challenge," "Keeping Secrets," "So Excited," "One in a Million," and the album's two smash hits, "Got a Hold on Me" and "Love Will Show Us How." A successful spring tour followed the album's release, with McVie bandmates Sharp, Hawkins, Burnette and Steve Ferrone selling out mid-sized venues from New York to Los Angeles.

Sharp has written
Rod Stewart and Todd Sharp; Photo provided by Todd Sharp
Delbert McClinton & Todd Sharp
songs for the aforementioned The Visitor, Rick Braun's Intimate Secrets and Night Walk (1994), Jeff Healey's Feel This. He is the co-writer (with Danny Douma and Richard Feldman) of "A Little Love," recorded by Juice Newton. In addition, Sharp has penned movie and TV scores, including the "Wild and Crazy Kids" theme on Nickelodeon.

Sharp's career continues to grow. His touring and recording work includes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Christmas All Over Again" on A Very Special Christmas 2, and stints with Randy Meisner, Richard Marx, David Clayton Thomas and Carlene Carter.

He also toured and recorded with rock icon Rod Stewart from 1989 to the mid-1990s. Currently touring with Delbert McClinton (along with George Hawkins), Sharp uses his expertise to write a monthly column for "The Tonequest Report," an online publication designed to help guitarists find their signature tone in their playing by bringing together some of the world's foremost authorities to provide opinions and guidance (www.tonequest.com).

Todd Sharp has just released a new album called Walking All The Way which includes special guests Bekka Bramlett, George Hawkins Jr., and Delbert McClinton.


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