|Born:||December 17, 1975|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Bree Sharp (born December 17, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and songwriter influenced by rock, pop, and folk. She is currently the lead vocalist of the electropop band Beautiful Small Machines.
Bree Sharp was born in Philadelphia, and learned to play guitar by age fifteen. She attended J. S. Jenks Elementary School in the Chestnut Hill section of the city. She graduated from Central High School. By seventeen, she had moved to New York City to study theater at NYU. She eventually returned to music and, while still in college, began writing the songs that led to her 1998 record deal with Trauma Records.
In July 1999, Sharp released her first album, A Cheap and Evil Girl, to strong critical reviews. The album's first single, "David Duchovny," quickly garnered a cult following both for its musical qualities and its comical references to the titular actor. Will Shivers and Charles Forsch, production assistants and producers of The X-Files, produced a video for "David Duchovny" featuring several celebrities crooning the lyrics. The video was a hit on the Internet and circulated widely in the underground fan community. Sharp's second single was "America," an examination of contemporary American culture.
In 2001, Sharp left Trauma Records when the company folded due to poor management. In August 2002, she released her second album, More B.S., on her own label, Ahimsa Records.
In September 2004, Sharp released Live at Fez, a recording of a May 2003 performance in New York City.
In 2005, Sharp began working as a writer on the Fox Saturday morning anime series Magical DoReMi. She also contributed the song "This Side of Paradise" to the dubbed English version of Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys and "Team Up!" as the opening theme music for the dubbed English version of Tokyo Mew Mew, also known as Mew Mew Power. She also contributed the song "Where the Girls Are" in the 4Kids Entertainment edit of Winx Club.
In July 2007, Sharp starred as Leila in Vassar College's Powerhouse Summer Theater workshop production of Pete Townshend's The Boy Who Heard Music. The production was adapted and directed by Ethan Silverman and presented as a staged concert reading.
On August 2, 2007, Sharp announced on her MySpace blog that the mixing of her long-delayed third studio album, Robots in Love, was all but complete, and posted four of the new songs ("EastSide," "So Long 2 U," "In the Name of Revenge," and "Robots in Love") on her MySpace music player. In January 2008, she added two more new songs ("Counting Back to 1" and "The Wretched Sound of City Cars") to the player. Sharp ultimately opted to release the new material not as a solo album but through Beautiful Small Machines, a new band comprising herself and longtime collaborator Don DiLego. Beautiful Small Machines' discography currently comprises one EP, Robots in Love EP, and one single, "Simple Joys (4 Roy & Pris)," both released in 2009.
Sharp is a staunch vegetarian and animal rights activist.