Testimonials

“Beautiful songs, beautiful voice”
   --Pete Seeger, Folk Singer, Leader in Environmental, Civil Rights, Peace & Labor movements

"Your songs are great!"
   --Blythe Danner, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actress, Global Warming & Health Care Activist

“A repertoire with heart and conscience and a voice to die for”
   --Charlie King, Folk Singer

“THIS is Puccini!”
   --Metropolitan Opera Soprano Licia Albanese (of Sharon’s performance of “O mio babbino caro”)

“I first heard Sharon Abreu’s music at the U.N. World Environment Day celebration in San Francisco two years ago. Not only was her voice beautiful but the words to her songs were so relevant to what’s going on now with our embattled environment. As host of the nation’s first syndicated environmental radio show, I need green music to open my show and segments. I got several of Sharon’s CD’s and not only played her songs on my program, I made the one about climate change my anthem for the topic!!
Sharon has a green heart – and soul – a great musical accompaniment for any environmental gathering!”
   --Betsy Rosenberg, Host & Executive Producer, “EcoTalk: Sound Solutions for a Healthier Planet
     (and People!)” radio show, Air America

“While I've got you on the line, I have to tell you how terrific you sounded last Sunday [at the climate change conference] in New York. You're just a wonderful singer/performer -- and provided a terrific injection of spirit, enthusiasm and lift!”
   --Ross Gelbspan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Boiling Point and The Heat Is On

“Thank you so much for your leadership role during the Interfaith Peace Witness! It was a great pleasure to have you share your music with us. Thanks also for representing NSP so well. Your songs, your spirit, and your warmth must have attracted people to our important work. When I was giving out NSP literature in the crowd, a few people asked me if this is the group that you were singing about earlier. Your song “Left Hand of God” certainly captures the vision presented by Rabbi Lerner and will hopefully urge people to contact us. Your presence was a great blessing to us all.”
   --David A. Hart, Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Network of Spiritual Progressives, Maryland

"Sharon Abreu raises a beautiful voice for a sustainable future. She writes and sings about the good work going on around the country and across the world, inspiring us all to get and stay involved."
   --Eban Goodstein, Project Director, Focus the Nation; Author, Fighting for Love in the Century of
     Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming; Professor of Economics, Lewis &
ClarkCollege, Portland, OR

“So much love to a Lady whose voice is Liquid Light.”
   --Judith Whitson, Foundation for Inner Peace (publisher, A Course in Miracles)

"YEAH!!! BIG, BIG SMILE -- I played Change in the Climate every time I was alone at work yesterday--and then sort of sang/dreamed it all night long--HOORAY--THANK YOU!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I just keep singing the "sometimes I feel like I'm standing by myself, but I know we're all in this together," phrase--it really helps steady me!! So blessings to you for bringing that song into this world. Know that I love you--and thanks again for making the effort to be here--it was a wonderful gift!! Thanks for all your great work--and SONG. I do believe song is a big part of the solution for the future--Thanks for contributing your great talents to that end! Having great music to keep us going is a wondrous blessing!…I’ve practically worn a hole in the wonderful CD you left me. I think ‘Left Hand of God’ is the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard! ‘You’ have kept me company on many a late night and many an early morning--Bless you!"
   --Leslie Glustrom, Organizer, Climate Change & the West Conference, Boulder, CO

“You are awesome! Your songs are so committed and clever. Wonderful how you place a message inside something completely entertaining. Wrappin it up in the sugar pill! In my Songwriting I class, I devote one week to ‘Songs That Changed The World’ -- that would be a terrific time for you to be our guest. What a blast to teach a class with you. That would be great fun and some $$ for you.”
   --Sue Ennis, Songwriting teacher & Songwriter for rock band Heart, Seattle, WA

“Your voice is as clear as your messages!”
   --Lisa Dekker, Sierra Club, Green House Network

 “Hi, Sharon, Just thought I'd relate how much Tom Wysmuller likes your global warming song Change in the Climate. He's the meteorologist I had on the show; he mentioned your song at the slide show he just did for Neighborhood Energy Network.”
   --Ken Gale, Host of “Eco-Logic”, WBAI Radio, NYC

“I'm glad you liked the article. By the way, I really enjoyed your songs. You have a great voice and the words were very creative.”
   --Michael Olson, head reporter at The Argus, Skagit Valley, WA newspaper

“Sharon – I can't thank you enough for all your energy and time spent with us. Thanks again for everything. It was a blast working with you! In case you haven't seen it, here's the blog from SustainUs on our event:”  http://sustainusagents.blogspot.com/2006/05/nyc-high-school-students-sing-at-un.html
   --Geoff Hockert, Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies, following student
      performance of Sharon & Michael’s “Penguins on Thin Ice” songs at the United Nations

“My Sharon, it was good meeting you. I really felt great about your gift of music. I enjoyed the songs at the UN. Congrats, Sharon!!!!!! Now may I request you to send me the music CD. The CD will surely help our students in India. We are working with almost 200,000 students.”
   --Prema Chowallur, Delegate from India to the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development

“I'm eager to meet with you and to hear you perform. I've just listened to IRV and am amazed at how you succeed in explaining the concept in such a skillful and fun way. And I just have to agree with Pete Seeger!”
  -- Bert Sacks, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Humanitarian, Activist

“The work you're doing to save our beautiful planet is so important! It was good to learn of your music and to get the chance to meet you. After hearing your song about Wangari Maathai, I came across a wonderful article about her in "Caribbean Life," a small weekly newspaper in Brooklyn. Her beautiful smile leapt out at me from the paper, and I have you to thank for introducing her work to me in such a meaningful way, lifting up her name in song with other joyful voices. I marvel at your amazing piano and violin and voice. As I walked up the stairs that evening at Metropolitan Community Church and heard you with Rick and Andy doing the sound check, it felt like entering heaven. They do a beautiful job singing “Wild Mountain Thyme,” but your voice and violin added something unearthly. What a blessing to have found out about you! Never stop what you're doing. Best wishes for peace with justice on our beautiful mother earth!  Georgia”
   --Georgia Guida, NYC

"I co-MC'd the Green Party's Day Six peace events at the Federal Bldg. in Seattle today and had the distinct pleasure of hearing Sharon Abreu. This woman can sing! I bought her CD and if she's a tenth as good on digital format as she is in person, then this woman will cut through to the soul of any who listen to her (given they have a soul!). In a phrase - highly recommended. Please play some of her cuts on your show and be sure, if you can, to set a date for her to play your LR Concerts so I can get a chance to hear her up close and personal again. In Peace & Justice,"
   --Steve Hamm, Seattle Green Party, in an email to Jennifer Kallen, KSER Radio

“People loved your performance--lots of people said: “That singer, she was Really Good!”-- and they were surprised to see someone playing violin and singing at the same time-- people backstage were saying: “Wow, she can *really* sing!” and things like that. You are a dear person! So, wondering if we can invite you to sing here again?? I want to buy all your CDs -- they will be great company as I sit here working, and will remind me of the wonderful person who is singing! Peace and a happy heart!”
   --Amy Hendrickson, Coordinator, 9/11 Peace Concert, Boston, MA

“I LOVE THE JINGLE! You did a wonderful job with the harmonies and instrumentation! Thank you so much.”
   --Alana Lea, Peace Through Art (animation/jingle on the homepage at www.departmentofpeace.info)

“I want to let you know how incredible it was when you sang tonight.  I was so moved by your voice – unbelievable.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  You have an incredible gift – you move people’s spirits in an incredible way.  Thank you for sharing it.  Thank you so much.”
   --Leslie Seaman, organizer, Music in the Park concert series, Eastsound, WA

“You are a great resource for things political and spiritual. Your efforts make an important contribution to the social and cultural well-being of many others. You do important work.”
   --Bev Leyman, Director, “The Vagina Monologues,” Actors Theater of OrcasIsland

 “Sharon Abreu is the first musician to submit an a cappella studio version of Amy and Willie Nelson’s song A Peaceful Solution. For Sharon to rely solely on her vocals to carry the whole song is a courageous act. Her technique proves to be highly successful. We never miss the musical instruments because she builds soaring harmonies by fully utilizing the incredible range of her voice. Sharon’s a cappella rendition is rich in harmonies that simulate an entire choir ushering in a new era of peace and goodwill.…
Sharon, it is an honor to feature your music video on our site. Your boldness and passion inspires all of us to share our vision of peace and love with the world.
   --Music Review, Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute website (www.willienelsonpri.com)

"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your singing this evening here on Bainbridge Island. You were so free and giving with your whole demeanor I just soaked you up. I was particularly taken by the peace movement song "Fear". 
   --Stair Dickerman, Bainbridge Island, WA

“Sharon, You totally blew me away at Friday's concert.  You are astounding. Geez…love is the only word that fits. Wow. Thank you very, very much for ALL you do.”
   --Greg Books, Saxophonist & Environmental Science Teacher

"I really love your CD. It's sooo relaxing, soothing, beautiful. You have a really delicate beautiful voice. I'm actually listening to it right now. It helps me concentrate and get creative work done; it helps quiet down the chatter in my head.  Thank you so much for sharing it. Make sure you let me know where your performance will be, it will be great to catch you live. Peace,"
   --Suzy Yaako, Improvisational Actress, New York, NY

 

Sharon Abreu & Michael Hurwicz:

"You are both so talented -- and exude love as you are singing. Yours is a delightful example of music that conveys positive values. Thanks for sharing your gifts with all of us. You're the Joan Baez of 2003!!"
   --Frances F. Korten, Executive Director, The Positive Futures Network, publisher of YES! magazine

“A well-balanced blend of social satire and powerful introspection”
   --Howard Margolin, Destinies, WUSB Radio, New York

“Thanks for such great music…any more?”
   --Sonja Hedlund, Ballads & Banjos, WJFF Radio, New York

“We loved the concert! Sharon and Michael, thank you, so much, for your generosity, and your love and support. I was so glad to have you here and to be immersed in your wonderful music. We look forward to having you back in our community! In solidarity, and with appreciation,”
   --Betty Ball, Director, Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, Boulder, CO

 “I LOVE the Wangari Maathai song, and Wild River, and the Left Hand of God song! Your voices blend really well, I think - sort of like a French horn and a flute. Your music was one of the high points of the conference for me - including the Sufi Universal service. I hope we get to sing together again somewhere!
   --Rev. Jane Batt, Attendee at the Network of Spiritual Progressives conference in Washington, D.C.

 

 “Thanks a million! I just looked at your website and found a wealth of info!!! Yay! I was very impressed with not only your energy and singing talent, but also with your political commitment and ability to see the connections between different issues. My goal is to get people to see the connections between everything and to make that part of their way of being and acting. I look forward to working/playing with you again.”
   --Gabriele Bartholomew, political activist, after our presentation of “Penguins on Thin Ice”
      at the Storming the Sound environmental educators’ workshops in La Conner, WA

"I love your CD! I really, really love the Taoist love song - it's wonderful, it makes me laugh, it makes me smile, it makes me relax. Thank you!!"
   --Dr. Minu Hemmati, Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future, London, UK

“I still carry your album in my car and listen regularly. It is an amazing CD!”
   --Spencer Jourdain, Executive Director, The 1420 Foundation

"Thank you for your beautiful concert - so much love and good energy comes through, that I'm sure it blessed not only those who attended, but our whole planet as well. Your love and dedication to life comes shining through your music. It would be a blessing to have you back to play for our congregation. Blessings to you and all your work."
   --Sally Soufer, Events Coordinator, Unity in Ashland, Ashland, OR

“Both of you have such wonderful spirits. You can just feel the love. Thanks for making our event so special. It was magical.”
   --Carol Ronken, Coordinator for Democratic Fundraisers, Stanwood, Wa.

“I just listened to your rendition and video of “Body Bags”, and I just don't know how you got through singing it without stopping and just breaking down. It is SO intense, and your singing and music, is really, really compelling and just powerful. I wonder if you two really know just how talented and forceful (in a GOOD way) you two are. Alone or singing and playing together, you guys are a force to be reckoned with, and your message cannot be ignored!! Your music needs to get out there, where it can do not only good for you two, but for our nation as a whole. It's artists like yourselves, that keep the stories straight, and sing the songs. The line continues down, through people like you guys. There are people out in the world who need to hear your words and your music. They certainly are NOT going to hear it on the mainstream! You two have an awesome talent, but, also an awesome responsibility, to share it. You guys are so special. Blessings,”
   - Jaimie Rankin, Orcas Island, WA (Jaimie and her husband are now members of our nonprofit Board)

 “Hi there, I am helping coordinate an environmental awareness event in two weeks. I am putting a soundtrack together for songs to play throughout the day, and I was forwarded your website. We will certainly be discussing climate change issues, and your song "Beat the Heat" would be very appropriate to listen to. Is there a way I could purchase this song and have it sent digitally to me? …
Hey guys, I downloaded “Change in the Climate” and “Economology”; I will use both of these as I really like them. I was a member of the Youth Delegation in Montreal, and a friend told me about your site.  When listening to "Change in the Climate", it reminded me of an article I wrote while in Montreal (find attached) and just published in our University newspaper. You can check out our event blogspot at http://ulethbeaware.blogspot.com. Thanks for your help and good luck with your work!  Robbie
   --Robert Larson, Student, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

“Thank you for the CD. I am very impressed with your music and Sharon's voice is *fantastic*. I listened to the CD about 3 times and it has relaxed me and made me feel good and at peace. I definitely could benefit by listening to music like this more often. I hope to one day be able to listen to you guys live!"
   --Fotios, Computer Expert, Greece

"I really love the CD. Your voice sounds wonderful. I'm not sure if your music falls into a specific genre. Perhaps it creates its own which I've been calling environmental folk rock. I really love your first Taoist love song. I can hear the two of you smiling as you did it. The production is beautiful, and everyone plays so well."
   --Alan Orloff, Composer, Musician, Music Teacher, NY

"Your comment: "It's all about coming together in love, and letting our individual lights shine on each other" is what appealed to me in your songs."
   --Steve Garvin, Irthlingz Volunteer (met when we played at the San Juan County Fair in WA State)

"I've just now had the good fortune to visit your web sites and I greatly enjoyed listening to Wild, Wild River. You're wonderfully gifted and clearly driven by a strong social consciousness. Bravo. What a lovely voice, and I'm guessing that the excellent fiddle work on that cut is also of your own creation. My order for a copy of Seeking Sanctuary is pending on PayPal as I write this…
Wonderful record! We only just yesterday received your package, and already we've run through the disc twice.  As I expected, the kids are already hooked-in!  Great job!  Thanks again for your fantastic record!"
   --Will Seyffert, Filmmaker, California (stockelement.com)

 “My sister uses your Seeking Sanctuary CD during her Yoga classes. So, I guess I am glad for making the connection. Keep up your good work.”
   --Dave Eastman, Author, Vietnam Veteran, New Hampshire