Sharon Little has announced the release of the Sneak Peak EP later this Fall to precede her full-length album, Paper Doll, out in early 2011.
Paper Doll is Little's first album since her 2008 critically acclaimed debut, Perfect Time For A Breakdown and her first major U.S. tour with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett. A live version of the album's title track is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD on www.sharonlittle.com.
Paper Doll is Sharon's manifesto that she be judged on what she offers through her music, and not by the outfits she wears or who she's been dating. She delivers this message through songs that effortlessly fuse pop, rock, R&B, and even a taste of electronic music in a direct, emotionally potent style.
Paper Doll is the artist's response to a pop culture mindset that seems to require female entertainers to adopt a particular look or behave outrageously in order to gain attention. "It often seems that female artists have to look and act in a certain way in order to be successful - like they're paper dolls and society or 'the business' just slaps these images on them," says Little.
We have these young girls acting and dressing in a very overly-sexual way; like they're grown women - is that their idea, or have they been told to look and act that way in order to sell themselves? Either way, it's just sad."
Produced by Grammy winner Don Was - noted for his work on chart-topping albums by the Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, among many others - the Philadelphia-bred artist's sophomore release follows her critically-acclaimed 2008 CBS Records debut Perfect Time For A Breakdown.
Paper Doll arrives after a busy two years for Little. Blazing her way on an accelerated career path - she went from waiting tables in a Philadelphia coffee shop straight to a debut album and was selected to open on the national Raising Sand tour with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett. ("It would be an understatement to say it was the most amazing experience ever," Little says). Her music has been ubiquitous on television: the opening track from Perfect Time..., "Follow That Sound," became the theme for The Cleaner on A&E, and she sang that song on-camera in one memorable episode. She performed another track from that album, "Spaceship," in a sequence shot in New York's 34th Street subway station for an episode of CSI: NY, and her songs have also been featured on NCIS, NUMB3RS, Ghost Whisperer, and The Good Wife.