We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Youngblood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
This question use to be difficult to answer or even understand, I think as I’ve grown and matured in my career I realized that life has many paths, many twists and turns, many moments of reckoning. I’ve learned you just keep moving forward, You do whatever you can with what you have at your best capacity and follow the doors that are open to you. What I had to do was unmarry myself to the idea of what I thought things were supposed to look like which is very different from giving up. You give up when you die, So if there is still like in your body then you have another day to explore what your particular journey will look like. I say go for your dreams, But be open to other beautiful possibilities of how those dreams are manifested. Everyone wants to be a star, But the reality is that where you’re meant to shine might be a little different from what you imagined. And that’s ok. I’m a Singer A Writer and a Worshipper, How that plays out is different from one season to the next and I can never give up on something that is innately who I am. I’m open to where life takes my gifts rather than being glued to one particular idea of how that shows up in the world.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a Singer/Songwriter/Mentor I’ve been singing for almost 20 years now. Its been a fulfilling journey in many ways as I’ve been able to travel the world doing what I love. Its also had its challenges. As much as I enjoy singing background for artists I am an artist of my own and pursuing them both have had ebs and flows. I’ve had record deals and management deals as an artist but unfortunately its just a tough game. This industry is not for the faint of heart. I stay motivated to keep pressing forward because I genuinely love what I do and the support system I have around me constantly pushes me to let me voice be heard.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my favorite things about southern California is there’s so much to do very close by. The wine country of Santa Barbara is one of my favorite places to go to for a day trip. Renting a Boat to hang out on the water for a few hours is always a good time as well. I would take them to some of my favorite eateries and bakeries. To name a few, “Salsa & Beer”, “Maestros” on the water in Malibu, Sweet Red Peach in Inglewood, Randy’s Donuts, Probably Roscoes just for the popularity. There’s so many places to go.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have 2 shoutouts. Firstly My shoutout will now and forever go my middle school teacher Cecelia Memede who if it had not been for her I would not have even known I was a singer. Because she took the time to NOTICE and care about her students she saw something in me that I never did or even knew existed. I was tremendously shy and reclusive and she gave me a solo and the rest is kind of history lol. Secondly I want to shoutout my amazing Husband Eric Brisco who keeps me motivated and constantly DREAMING. He’s the biggest dreamer and visionary I know and through the way he thinks it teaches me everyday that there’s a huge world out there just waiting for me to show up and be my best self and who I am is enough. So I love him for that, he also has an amazing organization called “Black Man Now” that focuses on mental health and healing for men of color, super inspiring the way I see him navigating that space and its Necessary.
Orange Photo – Jorge Barajas Black and white photo – Giannasnapped