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"Bonnie Raitt often covers Sharp's songs, and no wonder. She writes melodies wide enough to let singers show their range, with lyrics that cut to the bone. Here Sharp proves she has the goods to do all that on her own."
- New York Daily News

“(*** out of four) The L.A.-based songwriter continues to build an impressive solo career with her serious and sensitive, jazzy/poppy fifth album. These 10 originals showcase Sharp's clear, aching voice and tough-tender reflections on love.”
USA Today

“enticing”
– AmericanSongwriter.com

“Sharp [accompanied by guitarist Linda Taylor]…delivered a 20-song set that never lacked rhythm, depth or power…the pair worked through a kaleidoscope of sound, vibe and emotion…What can two women armed with their voices, a handful of guitars, a piano and a saxophone do? Apparently, anything they want.”
Relix

“A prolific songwriter, she’s written music for some of the industry’s best, including Cher, Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks, and Art Garfunkel. But she’s a star in her own right, too.”
Advocate.com

“A supremely versatile musical force who has deftly balanced her 15-year solo career with songwriting and producing for major artists (Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Edwin McCain, Art Garfunkel), Maia Sharp finally gets around to fully producing one of her own projects -- to both heartfelt and rousing effect -- on the poignant and poetic yet frequently quirky Change the Ending. Considering that her previous collection, Echo, was helmed by famed producer Don Was, taking full charge was a risky mission, but one she delivers beautifully...
- AllMusic.com

“Musically and vocally Maia’s somewhere between Bonnie Raitt and Carole King...She writes about broken love, lost love, yearned for love, even rising above love...and she makes it all so believable.”
–International Review of Music

“The album features the sort of smart wordplay and ear-snagging melodies Sharp has become known for, delivered with a vibe that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the front row of a very small club.”
Jambands.com

“ 9 out of 10 stars. Sharp continues to raise the bar for smart, evolved song craft.”
Music Connection

“Sharp delivers another truly beautiful album [and] proves again that she ranks among today’s finest singer-songwriters.”
–PopCultureClassics.com

“Sharp is admirably accomplished...a versatile, accomplished music-maker who approaches her craft with confidence but not complacency.”
Mobile Register

“A gifted singer and songwriter, Maia Sharp chronicles love and relationships with the kind of honesty and authenticity that thrills with a single listen. There are plenty of wonderful arrangements and shining melodies across Sharp’s new album ‘Change the Ending.’”
– Desert Star Weekly

“Sharp certainly shows an affinity for recasting a classic Brill Building sensibility, offering up an affable sound that recalls the Carole King classics of the Tapestry era. Many of her songs convey the quiet yearning and soaring passion that made those '70s standards so lingering and indelible.”
Broward-Palm Beach New Times

“Sharp is a marvelous performer in her own right, with standout solo discs to her credit. In addition to the infectious lead single ‘Me After You,’ Sharp does a brilliant job of capturing the challenges of being different on ‘Standing Out in a Crowd.’”
– Bay Area Reporter

"‘Change the Ending’ is a jazzy, folksy delight as Sharp serves up another 10-track delight. Highlights abound, including lead single ‘Me After You,’ ‘Buy My Love’ (there’s also an instrumental version of the tune included), ‘Rising,’ the title track and personal favorite ‘The Bed I Made.’ Sharp even tackles ‘Standing Out in a Crowd,’ a song she wrote for Yearwood that she’s tweaked a bit for herself. Good stuff.”
McKeesport Daily News

“The new album reaffirms Sharp’s gift for capturing the subtleties and shades of gray that characterize relationships.”
Music News Nashville

“3 Stars!! – Sharp and Clear…..at her most clever, Sharp always leads with her heart and comes across as a performer worth getting to know.”
– USA Today

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“Maia Sharp: A Songwriter Set To Arrive”
– NPR’s “All Things Considered”

“A subtly ingratiating song, it makes its point with grace and nuance
– NPR’s “Song of the Day

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"Maia Sharp conjures the allure of yesteryears Brill Building luminaries....Sharp wields her crisp, alluring choruses like a temptress; listeners will surely be ensnared. Her tear-soaked lyrics and high-cresting melody conspire for a finely crafted lesson on invincible pop."
— Billboard

"She comes into her own as a promising performer in her own right on her fifth album, Echo..."
– LA Weekly

“a nifty power-pop record that could be her breakthrough...studded with hard-to-resist hooks, ‘Echo’ trades the folk and jazz elements that colored Sharp’s earlier records for a rocked-up take on the classic California singer-songwriter sound.”
– Boston Globe

“a sterling up-and-coming talent”
– The Washington Post

“Sharp delivers a dozen signature songs propelled by Don Was’ rocking production…..beginning with the guitar anthem “Polite Society” and ending with the chilling self-referential “The Girl on Her Way,” Sharp’s deft turns of phrase and consequential melodies are mirrored in the stoic intimacy of her plaintive vocals”
– Music Connection

4 Stars - The songs (on Echo) are so good it ceases to matter how a not very well-known singer-songwriter hooked up with a well-known producer like Was. As the album title foreshadows, by the end, her acknowledgement of human flaws rings like an all-encompassing echo. But it doesn’t feel heavy, because each song is carried by hooky, instantly pleasing melodies with appealing, sophisticated chords underneath.
– American Songwriter

“…her solid songwriting chops recall the best of the ‘70s writers like Joni Mitchell and Carole King.”
– Curve

“John Q. Lonely” might make you doublecheck the writing credits to make sure they don’t read “Lennon/McCartney” – honest and true....in another time and in another place, Echo would be playing in dorm rooms everywhere come fall, for sure. Maybe it will … it deserves to be.” –
– Jam Bands.com

“Maia Sharp reminds listeners of her prodigious talents as a pop songwriter on the new CD ‘Echo,’ a melodious blast produced by the great Don Was, anchored by master drummer Jim Keltner and featuring a cool cameo by Bonnie Raitt...”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune

“...her finest release to date, an album whose rootsy songwriter pop crackles with shrewd insight, keen writing and a strong dose of carpe diem.”
– Nashville Scene

“The songs [on Echo] reveal a woman with a richly mature sound, a distinctive edge and a superb voice...Sharp's melodies are consistently engaging and her lyrics are clever...in a smart fashion that reveals more provocative layers with each repeated listen.”
– The Springfield Republican

“A potpourri of pop, country and rock with hints of jazz, mixing banjos and mandolins with cellos and violas to produce a sound that’s polished without being slick. Sharp’s free-wheeling approach recalls the spirit of Dylan’s pre-motorcycle crash songs.”
– No Depression

“…. one of the smartest songwriters out there.”
– Performing Songwriter

“Album of the Month – She’s penned hits for a wide range of artists…Now the silky-voiced Sharp is releasing her fourth solo album; it teems with catchy melodies (‘Polite Society’) and pointed lyrics (‘Death by Perfection,’ a hummable duet with Bonnie Raitt).”
– More Magazine

“Echo finds singer/songwriter Maia Sharp recasting the classic Brill Building template within the bounds of the new Millennium.”
– blurt-online.com

“The album is home to 12 striking songs, and Sharp has never sounded better.”
– Portland Press Herald

“Performing as a duo, Sharp combined a strong voice, playing acoustic guitar and keyboards for an evening of enjoyable music. Sharp demonstrated that she was way more than just another songwriter."
– Standard Time (Boston, MA)

“With ‘Echo,’ Sharp appears to have changed her status from respected songwriter to solo artist with a bullet...”
– Birmingham News