Updated: 8/22/2019 14:12
Weekends with Sinatra and Sharell» email
With a stellar history and hit-making track record, Jerry F. Sharell's experience in the entertainment industry has brought success with each endeavor. In addition to that success, Sharell brings unmatched passion, creativity and drive for what he does.
From 2002-2010, Jerry served as President & CEO for the non-profit charity, Society of Singers. There, he co-produced numerous fund-raising events which garnered nationwide attention. Their yearly Ella Awards gala had Sharell oversee tribute shows for vocal artists such as Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, Elton John, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, Andy Williams, Herb Alpert/Lani Hall and Natalie Cole. His long-standing and strong relationships in the entertainment industry had Sharell personally securing the aforementioned honorees, guest performers and presenters, including everyone from Quincy Jones and Clive Davis to Macy Gray and Melissa Etheridge. Of course, fundraising was a major portion of his many duties at SOS.
In 2004, Sharell served as co-executive producer for the critically acclaimed Ronnie Milsap album, "Just for a Thrill." His efforts in A&R, marketing and publicity would garner the project a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Recording. He also planned the handling of publicity, promotion and marketing for the current album "Near," by Pat Boone.
Sharell returned to his disc-jockey roots in 2005 as the host, producer and writer of "Jerry Sharell Plays Songs From The Great American Songbook," a three hour show that played on Sunday nights on Retro 1260AM in Los Angeles. During his six years in the booth, Sharell booked singers, musicians, arrangers, song writers, producers and authors as guests.
Sharell again took on host, producer and writer duties in December 2011 when he conceived of "Sinatra: Best of the Best," a collaboration between Capitol Records and KKJZ/88.1 in Long Beach, CA. Songs from Ol' Blue Eyes' latest compilation were featured alongside holiday classics.
January 2012 saw Sharell teaming with Phil Ramone as co-producers of a live show for Audio-Technica at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim. Taking the spotlight were the following performers: Patti Austin, BeBe Winans, Dave Koz, Nikki Yanofsky, Arturo Sandoval, Mindi Abair, Monica Mancini and the Gregg Field Big Band.
In 1995 Sharell joined WEA Corp. in Burbank, CA, one of the largest U.S. distributors of pre-recorded music. As Director, Media Relations and Corporate Events, he conceived and edited a documented history of WEA Corp. During this time, he also served as Media Relations Director for Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.
In 1994 Sharell was Executive Director for the MusiCares Foundation, the charity begun by the Grammy/NARAS organization, where he co-produced the tribute to Tony Bennett as MusiCares Person of the Year.
For five years from '87 to '92 Sharell was Sr. Vice President, Talent Marketing at Westwood One, Inc., a radio network specializing in syndicated radio shows and events. He contracted and supervised more than 300 radio concerts that featured superstars including: Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, John Mellencamp, Frank Sinatra, George Michael, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, U2 and others. Sharell also served as Executive Producer for the televised Billboard Award Show (Fox-TV) of '92.
From '83 to '87 Sharell headed the MCA Video Distribution system and became Sr. Vice President of MCA Home Video. He was responsible for the marketing of many of Universal Pictures' video hits including Scarface, Back to the Future and Out of Africa.
In '73, he was hired by David Geffen to manage the Asylum Record label which then merged with Elektra Records. In his ten years at the label he served in Senior Executive positions in areas of creative services, international relations, artist development and promotion while helping to establish the careers of: The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Harry Chapin, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, The Cars, Queen, Motley Crue, Grover Washington Jr., Bread and many others.
Jerry is a native of Farrell, PA and upon graduation from Kent State University, he was a radio disc jockey/newsman in Sharon, PA at WPIC and in Beaver Falls, PA. at WBVP. He started in the record business as a promotion rep for Mercury Records in Cleveland. Jerry then joined Main Line Distributors in 1962 and helped them grow to be one of the biggest record distributors in the states. With executive positions at both Buddah Records and A&M Records, he was instrumental in the success of many recording artists including: Herb Alpert, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, The Impressions, The Isley Brothers and Curtis Mayfield.
He lives in Woodland Hills, California. He has three children and two grandchildren. Sharell is past president of City of Hope, Entertainment Division, a voting member of The Recording Academy for 43 years and is on the advisory board of MusiCares and City of Hope/Entertainment Division.