Getting to know Youngstown Wine & Jazz Festival opening act, Sharon North

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Alongside the Festival of the Arts, the Youngstown Wine and Jazz Festival is taking place downtown. Four80East is the featured act, but the opener for them will be Youngstown native Sharon North.

North described what people will hear if they attend his jazz concert on Saturday night.

“What I tend to record is more mature, contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, that sort of thing. So you will hear more about it,” she said.

Earlier this week, North released their new album titled “Silhouette”.

She grew up in Youngstown, graduated from Cardinal Mooney and Youngstown State and for four years in the early 90s was a reporter for WYTV.

She would go on to work in television newsrooms in Jacksonville, Grand Rapids, ABC News and CNN. She is now a public information officer for the city of Fairfax, Virginia.

But it was his time in Youngstown, working for then-news director Tom Mock, later GM Lordstown spokesman, that helped shape his career.

“Some of the things that stubborn Tom Mock taught me, I use with my staff,” North said. “He was a leader, but he taught valuable lessons.”

North is 59 years old. She had voice problems, so she had to adjust the way she sang. She describes her tone as vintage.

“20-25 years ago when I said go, she was going. Now she realizes she’s the same age as me and she’s going to rebel,” North said.

The Wine and Jazz Festival begins this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater.

First News reporter Gerry Ricciutti will be the master of ceremonies.

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