Shari Puorto will captivate you as she does so at every performance gaining fans from Coast to Coast and abroad. She is the Real Deal. From her vocal tone and natural ability to her infectious stage presence, you will wonder if your going back in time as her music and show is raw, real, and authentic.
"It wasn't too much of a walk over to the First Tech Blues Stage (Safeway Waterfront, 2017) to catch Shari Puorto and her fabulous band. Puorto, is a dynamo packing a huge vocal punch combined with a high energy stage performance. There is a running debate as to whether she's more similar to Janis Joplin or Etta James. My money is on a mashup of the two. She has the stage presence of Joplin, but with vocals more similar to James." Scott Cunningham, Oregon Music News
Shari, originally from Connecticut, is an award-winning Blues/Rock/Roots singer/songwriter, who has been performing professionally since early 2000. Shari has performed continuously all over California across the U.S and abroad. You would think Shari’s been doing this forever. She has the sensibility of an old soul reborn and is undeniably passionate. She possesses a deeply expressive and soulful voice; one that catches you off guard. She is a powerful and dynamic live performer who quickly and quite naturally connects with her audience. Her infectious enthusiasm overcomes you, you have no choice but to get pulled in. (She’s likely to steal your heart if you get too close!)
- Pre-nominated by the Grammy committee in 3 categories and up for nomination for the 59th (2017) Grammy's in the following categories: Americana: Album: MY Obsession, Song performance: "Sugar Daddy", Song written: ”Turned to Stone",
- Selected as a Featured Unsigned Blues Artist on KJAZZ, 88.1FM with the Wagman,
- Winner for her song 'Free' in the Americana Blues, Roots song of the year category @ the 2011 L.A. Music Awards,
- Won Best Female vocalist at the 2010 South Bay Music Awards.
- Nov, 2017, Shari & her band placed 2nd at the International Blues Challenge Los Angeles chapter; among other notable nominations.
April, 2018, Shari & her band will release their Live Album - Live from Bogies! Stay tuned...
Q3, 2018, Shari plans to release her 5th Studio album. It's gonna be a great year!
October 16, 2015: Shari released her 4th studio album, MY Obsession, since her first release in 2005. MY Obsession produced by, Tony Braunagel and co produced by, Shari Puorto attracted notable musicians such as, Mike Finnigan, Johnny Lee Schell, Bob Glaub, Barry Goldberg, Jimmy Vivino, Steve Fister, Jim Pugh, Raymon Yslas, Johnny Hawthorn, Deb Ryder and Tony Braunagel on drums and...more! With the help from Blind Raccoon in Memphis (Betsie Brown), MY Obsession held strong on the following 'Music Roots Reports" over SEVERAL months. Some of the categories are as follows:
- Top 50 Blues Album, Top 50 Blues Contemporary Album, Blues Song: Home of the Blues & Sugar Daddy), Top 50 California Song Chart (Home of the Blues), Contemporary Blues Song (MY Obsession), Top 50 California Album.
- Airing over 200 Radio stations across the US and abroad, you are guaranteed to hear one of Shari’s tracks spinning! Again, Thanks Betsie!
Blues Matters! & The Rocker, Stuart Hamilton – Writer. “vocally Ms Puorto is as good as she’s ever been, heading off into areas the likes of Bonnie Bramlett reached at her peak, and you’d be hard pressed to hear a better soulful blues singer on the circuit today. She is mining that seventies Muscle Shoals vibe to a great effect.”
Shari’s musical interest began early on being influenced by her father’s Classic Rock and Rock bands from The Rolling Stones to the Doobie Brothers to Eric Clapton to old-school Blues. On her own she became addicted to the sounds and soul of Etta James, the Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, and various R&B artists. Shari is best known as a passionate and bold performer. She has been compared to the likes of Janis Joplin (due to her performances), Bonnie Raitt, and Bonnie Bramlet, due to vocal tone / ability and control.
“It’s my belief that women singers will be compared to her. Her chops are silky smooth, or gritty depending on the song; but they are always filled with soul. Her emotion is flat out in your face and there may be precious few that can do it better.” John Porter, Time for the Blues
With her Blues/Rock Band backing her you’ll see and feel a band combining today’s Modern Blues/Rock approach with yesteryears traditional Blues. Their connection with the audience and their performance onstage is infectious.
As Shari continues to move forward in her career she has received notable recognition from peers and Artists around the globe. She has been asked to either perform with them or be their supporting act. Artists and bands such as, Tommy Castro, Barry Goldberg, Chicago Blues Reunion, Jimmy Vivino, Robert Randolph, Slash, Robin Trower, Johnny Winter, Ronnie Montrose, Tower of Power, Seymour Duncan, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Dave Mason, Andy Aledort, Robben Ford, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, among others.
Shari has also performed on many albums lending her lead vocals and backing vocals. One of late being the double album dedicated to the memory of Bugs Henderson, “The Kind of Clubs” Shari sang a duet with Jimmy Vivino and backing band consisted of, Chuck Kavooras, Steve Ferrone, Bill Mumy, Kenny Lee Lewis, & Jimmy Vivino. Shari also lent backing vocals to “Cowboy” sung by, Lou Diamond Phillips.
In recent past, Shari also recorded with Barry Goldberg a song written by the late, Gerry Goffin.
American Blues News, Casey Reagan –Writer
“Shari’s strong vocal delivery reflects a one of a kind and unique as they come. This time there will be no “she sounds like” or “has the style of” or any other comparisons to other artists. There is no shame in being or sounding like, Shari Puorto. She is a world-class vocalist with a voice like no other and as far as I’m concerned, other artists should be compared to her not the other way around. “I haven’t seen this much soul in a white chick since….well, ever!”
In 2013 & 2014, Shari was asked to perform 2 years in a row at the Seymour Duncan “Notes for Notes” benefit singing along side and on stage with, Robert Randolph, Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Jimmy Vivino, Don Felder, Alan Parsons, Rich Robinson, and many others! Shari’s getting noticed!
“Recording in the studio is fun and I love the entire process!” Puorto says. “But there’s nothing like performing live. And when you have the connection with the band and the audience; nothing compares. I feel blessed.”
Shari is a currently a proud member and voting member of The Recording Academy and The Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.