Shareefah C. Abdullah is a composer, arranger, producer whose music was described as pure, sweet and smooth by the late Jazz drummer Don Carter. She enjoys combining those elements with funky, jazzy rhythms for a unique sound that provides positive energy. Her love of many musical genres is reflected in her compositions. Not only does she love composing but enjoys the production process as well, especially working with her son, producer Salaam Shabazz of Eargasm Productions, who engineered and mastered her debut album On A Musical Journey.
Shareefah began taking piano lessons at age 10 after her parents bought her first piano. As an adult she studied Jazz piano and organ with her best friend and musical mentor Lucille Gaita. She also studied at Jazzmobile in Harlem, N.Y. Shareefah's composition Can't See Nothin' Wrong With That, which features Lucille on the electric piano track, was included on the Oasis Jazz Sampler 10, a compilation CD featuring the best of the Jazz artists who were Oasis clients in 2003. In November 2006, Shareefah placed #74 in the Top 100 Artists on Aussie.com, based in Brisbane Australia for the track Midnight Dance In Ibiza. Award winning composer, violinist and producer Lalo Olivares chose Shareefah as one of his Top Artist Picks on Broadjam.com. Her influences include Cal Tjader, Mandrill, Andreas Vollenweider and the production team Laurin Rinder & W. Michael Lewis. Shareefah's music has been played on several FM, internet Jazz & New Age stations and is being streamed and downloaded globally via Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, TikTok, and more.
Fast forward to 2020. After a long hiatus Shareefah recently released three singles, Walking Through Taaj's Paradise, The Ascent and Corruption. She is currently working on tracks for her next album and collaborating with her son Salaam on House music tracks.
Lucille Gaita - Guest Artist
Pianist Lucille Gaita received a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has accompanied the Crystals, Tiny Tim, Lou Christie, Mary Wells, Little Anthony, Queen Esther Marrow, the Drifters, and many other artists in the tri-state area. She has also played with a Jazz fusion band and in back up bands for entertainers such as Allan Jones and Bob Hope. Lucille has toured the country performing as musical director and pianist for many theater productions. In addition, she has done original projects in and around New York City. Lucille's incredible improvisational skills are showcased on Shareefah's tracks Can't See Nothin' Wrong With That and Walking Through Taaj's Paradise. She hadn't heard either of the songs nor did she have sheet music to refer to before laying down her tracks. Each time, Lucille captured just the feel Shareefah was looking for thereby enhancing those songs.