Sharon Kovacs is the shooting star of Dutch music. Her dark voice and her passion are what make her music different. Her radical emotionalism and the abyss-deep soul that she brings to her songs seem to turn her innermost self inside out. She is in her mid-twenties, but when you hear her you think that she has already lived a whole life.
Sharon Kovacs was already singing when she could hardly speak, but this Dutch singer first seriously discovered the magic of music when she entered her turbulent years as a teenager. Then she began to play in school-kid bands and to participate in talent shows. When she left high school, she took part in open microphone evenings in the bars she worked at as a waitress – the audiences were instantly enthusiastic.
One day someone advised her to take part in an audition at the Rock City Institute, a music school in Kovacs’ hometown Eindhoven. There she sang two songs so convincingly that she was immediately accepted. She worked hard on her talent and after completing her studies, Kovacs concentrated fully on her music, which was soon to prove the correct decision. She collected her own experiences, wrote own songs and travelled to various countries to collaborate with other songwriters and producers.
In the Egrem Studios in Havanna, Cuba, her unusually intense debut album took on its unique style which puts a finger on her personal approach to her music:
“It has to be a little edgy to fit me. I take no prisoners and some things that I sing are certainly dirty, but always honest. That’s what I am. I make music because I have to. It’s the only way I can express my feelings. That makes my music pure and genuine.”
Not surprisingly this raw style and her dark voice lead to comparisons with Amy Winehouse.