#PeopleOfWilmDE: Sharon Sable

Sharon Sable is a vocalist and performer at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, a coordinator for the Riverfront 505 Church and a healing arts practitioner, as well as this week’s #PeopleofWilmDE! Read her story below:     

“I’m originally from Pomona, NJ (just outside of Atlantic City). After a few years of doing music and living in Atlanta, GA, I moved back to NJ in my 20’s and started performing around the Jersey Shore, which is how I met my husband, Shawn, who was living in Trolley Square at the time. I moved to Philly for a year and ended up spending a lot of time here instead because I liked it so much. At the end of 2010, we decided to make Wilmington our home. Shawn and I have lived on a great little corner just between Little Italy and Cool Springs since then. 

Sharon Sable and husband Shawn Qaissaunee

I’ve always loved big cities, even though I grew up in a semi-rural area. Wilmington is certainly not a big city – but it is a city, and one with a small town feel. After living in places like Atlanta and Philadelphia, I learned there can be an overwhelming feeling of being transient for a lot of people, which makes it difficult to connect with each other and challenging to develop your business or your craft. That is not the case here in Wilmington.

I think one of the best parts about living here is that it is a city with culture. It’s so easy to meet interesting people. It’s not overwhelming and there’s still so many possibilities here. The longer I live here, the more and more thankful I am. I also love that there are so many beautiful parks. There are fantastic opportunities here for artists of all kinds. And, the people… so many great & real people, working hard to make this city the best it can be. Community is everything.

In 2019, I released my first full band album. It had been a dream of mine and I worked so hard to finish it. When it came time to plan the CD release party, the anxiety kicked in. Where would I have it? How would I promote it well and would more than just my close friends and family come? One of the best decisions I made was to have it in a space where love and good energy abounds every day, The Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) on Market St. So, on a chilly & rainy Sunday afternoon in March, the most amazing group of friends, fellow musicians, and supporters came out and filled the room to capacity. I was moved beyond words. All of my worlds collided in the most beautiful way. It was proof that this is a city that will love you back and that I was exactly where I was meant to be. I’ve never been more grateful.

Some of my favorite memories would have to be the annual festival season. We live right in the heart of the Italian and Greek festivals which is really fun. And, of course, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, which is happening Downtown next week!

I truly feel that we are more connected and grateful as a community. A year of reflection and inner work goes a long way. I have no doubt that this is a continuation of a really important time in our city. In the last 10 years, we’ve seen some great venues come and go and of course, the pandemic has only amplified that… but the art, music, and people have continued to thrive and be one of the strongest parts of our city. We are very supportive of each other and I think that is what will keep us thriving. I hope we all can remember what we learned during the last 16 months or so. Overall, I’ve learned that love and creativity in action is the most productive use of time and energy.

I’m really proud of the work we’re all doing on a day to day basis. There are so many helpers and doers. It’s the everyday work that is difficult and things take time. I’m proud of our tenacity, patience and passion. I’m finding more and more ways to be involved in volunteer work – as I carve out the time to make it happen. Right now, doing music in and around the city is a great way to stay connected.

I clearly enjoy living here. I love running into people I know at the coffee shop, I love taking walks, I love so many people here and I know for sure that they will show up in the times when you need them most.”

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