Sharon Coates is a prolific singer-songwriter, residing in Upstate New York.

Sharon expresses in her songs a wry sense of humor along with a fascination with the natural world and the human experience. The result being fun and deeply interesting songs that expose a mixture of rock styles. You will find universal and timely themes such as the passage of time, evolution, diversity, anti-violence and making the best of the challenges of living in a somewhat difficult time.

Sharon Coates' music explores the depth of the world around her. Her voice has a undeniable innocence that contrasts with the complex and sometimes painful emotions of her experiences, reminiscent of Neko Case & Suzanne Vega.

Dec. 2018 Album Review: None of the above

By Frank DeBlase , Music Critic - City Newspaper

There's a bit of a dichotomy going on with Sharon Coates' new and third CD. To reference Monk, it's full of ugly beauty. Coates has a beautiful, almost sorrowful voice, which when paired with her backing band's rugged support, is evenmore soft and lonely. This is especially true on songs like "Radio," in which she laments the vast wasteland that is contemporary radio, and the #MeToo movement salvo "Hey Man." The juxtaposition totally works. You've got to reconcile the push and pull between the songs that are angry, songs that are pretty, and the ones where Coates and her band casually collide to share the mood. It'll be worth the effort.



“This is what happened when I dusted off my lovely Fender Strat” - Sharon Coates

NOTA is an exploration of the human condition. Music that brings out all of our varied, complex emotions.  
On this album, Sharon Coates’ range of thought translates into songs that voice commentary on social issues as well as expressions of our most raw feelings. She keeps the listener wanting, coming back again and again, going deeper, connecting with the lyrics and instrumental relationships. 

“Radio” will grab and lift you up, 
“Wonder Why” will launch you into a passage of discovery, 
“Hey Man” is a response to the #metoo movement
“What If” will pull on your heart strings, and “I Lost It” is a relatable & funny tune about songwriting!

You might think you don’t need a thing, but you do. Just come in, let yourself feel, get hooked.

Recorded at 1809 Studios in Macedon, NY 


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By Julia Wolfe, Music Writer, NYS Music

Rochester-based songwriter and vocalist Sharon Coates recently released her second album just in time for winter, entitled here now. This eleven-track jukebox brings a variety of styles to our ears, with a persistent folk and Americana intention, only complimented by her soft vocal timbre.

Her intriguing lyrical stories take us through her personal timeline, apparent in her reminiscent song “The Town Where I Live,” and in her evolution of complex concepts through poetry in “Cathedral.” Joining her on the record are instrumentalists Dave Drago, Alex Northrup, Jacob Walsh and Dave Chisholm, and in sync, their sound is familiarized as Southern country, with use of an accordion, banjo, organ, and even a trumpet to round out the sound.

With interesting rhythm changes and unique guitar strumming patterns, songs like “Mexico” and the major-minor combative “Just Don’t” stand out as the album’s commanders. The song’s opening track “A Bullet Ain’t Got A Name” has a slight Tom Petty hint to it, with a light, smooth groove to introduce Coates' new chapter. Her initial release was back in 2016, and it wasn’t long before she was ready to release new material to her listeners, and this album was well delivered the second time around. There’s no reason for her to be here now, when she’s been here all along, releasing music back-to-back.

December  3, 2017


By Frank DeBlase, Music Critic - The City Newspaper

The title, and to a greater degree the words on "A Bullet Ain't Got a Name" — the opening track on Sharon Coates's beautiful new CD, "here now" — caught me unaware right out of the gate. It's been rolling around in my head for the past two days; a good lyric will do that. The song laments the futility in searching for ways to treat each other better. It's as if admitting defeat and accepting that futility is a step in the right direction.

The music on this artist's second album shares the stage with the words; another step in the right direction. Songs like "Got It All" shows a band that respects Coates's material and doesn't steamroll through it — although there is a sharp, dynamic incline the musicians, including trumpeter Dave Chisholm, capably mount in high gear toward the end of the tune. And there are sing along spots, like the tunes "Cathedral" and "What You Gonna Do?"

Coates sings simply and sweetly with no stunts and no drama; the entirety of "here now" earns its respect through everything she does and everything she avoids. "Here now" plays out as an extension of her debut, "Strange World," with the same insight and musical intrigue. It will make you sit up and listen ... more than a few times.

July 5, 2017


"HERE NOW"  - Full-length album release May 2017      

11 tracks of awesome!

ALBUM REVIEW: "Strange World" 

By Frank DeBlase, Music Critic - The City Newspaper

Some artistic types have an itch to express what's inside with whatever is their chosen medium. Sharon Coates must have a rash as she requires multiple disciplines: musician, glass artist, landscape artist. Her new CD, "Strange World," is kind of a landscaped affair with its big room and bigger sky feel. Sure, reverb helps to make statements like that valid and literal, but not everyone can paint with sheer emotion and vocal chords. Coates is one of those artists that can.

Coates mixes influences liberally, from rootsy singer-songwriter on the album's opening track, "It Was Me," to the gentle girl group grind of "My Own Tune," as well as pop and garage rock — dig the early Jefferson Airplane edge on the cut "8 Minutes." Lyrically, Coates isn't stuck in the love and love lost lane, instead she opts to initiate a conversation with Darwin. There's an overall pop rock continuity running throughout "Strange World," and the production is sweet thanks to Dave Drago, who recorded the project at his 1809 Studios. This one is a gem.

                    August 17, 2016