“From well controlled screams to venomous deeper sounds, he seemed to have the perfect voice for any style the song required - a contrast to many of the vocalists at that time, in that genre”. - Tim Monaghan, Guitar-Muse.com
LA based, but Midwest grown artist Stephen Shareaux was born and raised in Detroit, MI. However, it was later in Minnesota where he would see KISS in concert for the very first time in 1979 and from that moment knew his career would be in music. Shareaux fronted local glam rock outfit Dame and had a brief stint in The Metro All Stars before heading to Los Angeles in 1987 to make a name for himself.
Shareaux arrived in LA to room with his former bandmate Michael Ward (School of Fish, The Wallflowers, Ben Harper, Gogol Bordello) who moved out there a year before him. After going nowhere fast in his current band, he answered an ad in search of a lead singer in Music Connection and Kik Tracee was formed merely days later. Kik Tracee was signed to RCA and released 2 records, “No Rules” which was produced by Dana Strum (Slaughter) and “Field Trip” produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Masters of Reality) and was recorded at the now infamous Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA. Through his time with Kik Tracee Shareaux worked with some of the industries top producers such as GGGarth Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Motley Crue) and Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd) to name a few.
When Kik Tracee disbanded in 1993, Shareaux remained a well-known musician/vocalist in Los Angeles and was a top audition choice by both Motley Crue and Velvet Revolver at the time when both were without a frontman. The latter was chronicled on VH1ʼs Inside/Out “The Search for Velvet Revolverʼs Singer”. He was also a consideration and went in the room for the Stone Temple Pilots gig as of late. Although Shareaux didnʼt land either of those gigs, his talent continued with other musical projects such as Revel 8, writing and performing with Brynn Arens (Flipp, The Oddfathers), and landing the lead role of Jimmy in the musical staging of The Whoʼs Quadrophenia. Since then he has fronted the band The Who Generation, which was featured on AXS TV's World's Greatest Tribute bands.
In between his partnered musical projects, Shareaux has continued to work on his solo material. While having coffee at his favorite local spot, he had a chance meeting with musician/composer/producer Bernie Larsen (original member of El Rayo-X, David Lindleyʼs legendary band). Larsenʼs scope of his creative range is evident in the variety of artists with whom he has played and recorded, including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Ricki Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. The pair subsequently hit it off and days later Shareaux was at Larsenʼs Ojai, CA. recording studio laying down tracks to what is now his debut solo record entitled “Golden”.
To say this debut solo effort was long overdue is a complete understatement. Although heʼll never forget or deny his deeply rooted rock and roll past, this record is an amalgam of his many influences, inspirations, and overall experienceʼs of being a music artist through and through. Shareaux is the real deal and that shines through not only on this latest record but in his live performances as well. He encompasses what a true lead singer is and should be.
In 2016 Shareaux combined with Drew Fortier to write and eventually record a full length album with such notables as Chip Z'nuff, Brynn Arens, Mike Heller and Kate Catalina entitled The Violet Head Frequency by Zen From Mars, slated for release in late 2020! Stephen is currently back in the studio with Bernie Larsen recording his solo follow up to "Golden", due to be released in early 2020!
Check out this great video of the first single entitled Stay from Golden!
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