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BELLA Magazine
May 21, 2020
Creativity During Quarantine With Singer/Songwriter Sharon Lia

"Although Lia began writing and producing what some might refer to as a modern-day “We Are the World,” prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the song’s message remains the same. It is a joyful anthem of unity during seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She encourages us to draw on our creativity to get through tough times and come out of them even stronger."


Authority Magazine
Nov 12, 2019 
Rising Music Star Sharon Lia: “Why we need the #TheSumOfUs movement”

"Her songwriting reflects a journey traveled by many but shared by too few artists. Her music is so unique yet commercially sound. Always getting to the heart of the matter." ~ Yitzi Weiner


MuzikMan Reviews

October 17, 2019
"Sharon Lia leads from the front in the epic and emotive, Beyond Wonderland, the debut album from the Philadelphia-based band of her namesake. The ever-versatile Sharon chaperones us through the album’s varying themes with her compelling lead vocals and adept piano performances. The singer is at once soulful and candid on this collection, which is an ethereal meeting point of joy and nostalgia, of a past to be forgotten and a future to be fought for." ~ Nicholas Lane


Indie Music Reviews

August 29, 2019
The Sharon Lia Band delivers a smashing Single

The Sharon Lia Band delivers a smashing progressive pop tidal wave in their all-new single “Why Can’t We Pretend?,” and if you haven’t already taken the time out to give it a spin, I’d highly recommend doing so this August. “Why Can’t We Pretend?” is built around a powerhouse lead vocal from Lia herself, but its multifaceted melodies and percussive thrust promise to give audiences just as many thrills as the bittersweet serenade occupying center stage does. This is pure, epic pop that is relentlessly cathartic where it counts the most, and while it’s only a glimpse into the SLB’s forthcoming record Beyond Wonderland, my gut tells me that this song is a good representation of what its parent LP is going to be all about." ~ Zachary Rush


Too Much Love Magazine
August 29, 2019

"There are plenty of alternative rock bands trying to take their music into postmodern territory, but few have tackled the complexities of the progressive aesthetic alongside a conventional pop framework as this group has. Any music critic worth listening to will tell you that this is a milestone single for the Sharon Lia Band, and for that matter, the insular Philadelphia, PA scene that birthed them." ~ John McCall


Indie Pulse Magazine
August 20, 2019
Critics are going wild for the Sharon Lia Band

the verses Lia sings to us are dreamlike and awesomely surreal, but they’re never steeped in the sort of overindulgence that has become all too common among indie bands this summer. In a period where artists are chasing gluttonous grooves as if they automatically guaranteed a hit single, this group is going in a different direction and subsequently recording the best music


Indie Shark Music Magazine

August 20, 2019
Sharon Lia Band and their new single “Why Can’t We Pretend?”

“Why Can’t We Pretend?” will raise the bar for both this group and their peers in the underground. There’s just too much melodic moxie, and really, too much unfiltered emotionality for this to qualify as anything but a uniquely poignant rock song tailor-made for the times that we’re living in right now. Sharon Lia is, to some extent, the face of a new chapter in pop history, and though she’s only one figure in an emerging generation of soulful female singers making big headlines these days, she’s probably my personal favorite as of this moment..."   Mark Druery


Gashouse Radio
August 20, 2019

"Progressive music is having one heck of a year because of the incredible work of artists like alternative pop/rockers the Sharon Lia Band, whose new single “Why Can’t We Pretend?” is being hailed as a watershed moment for the group ahead of their release of a brand new album in Beyond Wonderland.
In “Why Can’t We Pretend?” we witness Sharon Lia take on several roles, with the most prominent among them being storyteller. She unfolds the narrative in this track as though she were reading an angst-ridden poem to a crowded coffee shop full of people, and despite the grandiosity of the music, her performance has all the trappings of an intimate, personalized experience that most pop singles just don’t afford us. Progressive influences are everywhere we look in this song, and although I wouldn’t have described them as such in the past, I think that it’s safe to start calling the Sharon Lia Band one of the most profoundly gifted groups currently active in the Philadelphia scene today."...  Sebastian Cole


Vents Magazine
August 12, 2019
Sharon Lia Unleashes “Why Can’t We Pretend?”

“she’ll use every weapon at her disposal to make us feel every ounce of emotion that she’s trying to impart of what is at first a pop piano ballad that will mature into a progressive rock psalm before our very ears” ~ Bethany Page


August 20, 2019
Sharon Lia Band’s “Why Can’t We Pretend?

"Her verses are transcendent, her style of execution as original as they come, and for all of the wonderment that her backing band is delivering, it doesn’t hold a candle next to what she’s doing by herself with nothing more than a microphone in her hand." ~ Clay Burton 


NeuFutur Magazine

August 21, 2019
Sharon Lia Band releases new Music

"There’s never an occasion on which it feels like the Sharon Lia Band are drawing inspiration from stereotypical themes, recycled poeticisms or commercial pandering; this is as real as they’ve ever been with us, and I think that their contemporaries in and outside of Philly could stand to learn something about the vulnerability they display." ~ Kim Muncie


August 12, 2019
Sharon Lia Band drops new Single

"The lyric video (Why Can't We Pretend?) is as fluid an artistic gold nugget as the music it contains is, and I really appreciate that the SLB didn’t overthink the template for its design. There’s nothing worse than a lyric video that wants to be something more than what it actually is, but what we see in “Why Can’t We Pretend?” isn’t some pretentious stroking of egos wrapped in taut, high definition visuals. Lia isn’t the type of singer to put her name on something watered-down, and her band takes an applause-worthy approach towards videography in this exercise in poetic engagement." ~ Michael Rand


Huffington Post

January 09, 2018
Sharon Lia: “Talent With A Heart”

Her music is generated from the heart and soul of an artist who cares about others. Her genuine lyrics and sonic innocence and vulnerability pierce the hearts of her listeners leaving a lifelong impact on those who hear it." ~ Eileen Shapiro


Indie Spoonful

March 07, 2019
Sharon Lia Band - 'Why Can't We Pretend

"Sharon can take you from delicate moment to full-scale fall-on-your knees emotionally gripping without ever letting you fall." ~ Sylvie Marie


Skope Magazine

Sharon Lia Band New Single ‘Why Can’t We Pretend’ A Collaboration with Sharrick Records and Bongo Boy Records

"The Sharon Lia Band embraces a spirit of defiance on the passionate “Why Can’t We Pretend”. Resting at the heart and center of the entire song are Sharon Lia’s bluesy, soulful vocals. Lyrics have a romantic tenderness to them while the arrangement further emphasizes their power. Elements of pop, classical, and rock come together to create a stream of consciousness take. Careful buildup adds to the overall power of the track. Melodies glimmer within the song’s very DNA as they linger in the mind. Instrumentally colorful the Sharon Lia Band incorporates a great variety of textures within the track."


Stereo Stickman

Sharon Lia Band - "Why Can’t We Pretend"

"there’s a freedom here that’s incredibly refreshing to witness; a quality that does seem to run throughout Sharon Lia’s musical catalog to date."...   ~ Rebecca Cullen


Sound Wave One


"purely magical and powerful...Not only is the Sharon Lia Band a powerful force within the industry, it will be a household name"... ~ Steven F. Adams


Indie Source

August 20, 2019
Review: Sharon Lia Band: "Anomie"

"Anomie", a hauntingly enchanting track with a message. Sharon Lia's angelic vocals freely design the journey of an anthemic alternative pop song sure to become a classic."  ~Eileen Shapiro


Rock Bands Natalie Perez

March 14, 2019
Sharon Lia Band – "Why Can’t We Pretend"

"this track is one that many should hear right here, right now"...


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