As a member 1976-9 of Valdy's Hometown Band, Shari Ulrich was heard on two LPs (Flying, A & M SP-4605 and The Hometown Band, A & M SP-4671) and on the hit song "Flying" (written by Joe Mock). The band won a 1978 Juno. Thereafter pursuing a solo career, Ulrich made the pop-rock LPs Long Nights (1980, A & M SP-9046), One Step Ahead (1981, A & M SP-9067) and Talk Around Town (1982, MCA 5379) and performed throughout Canada. She received a Juno Award in 1982 as most promising female vocalist. A fourth album, Every Road (CBS FZT-80144) followed in 1990, and the compilation Best of Shari Ulrich (Esther CD-627) in 1991.
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Songwriting, Broadcasting, Acting
Ulrich concentrated for some years on songwriting rather than performance, living briefly in Toronto and 1985-7 in Los Angeles before returning to Vancouver. Ulrich resumed her concert career with appearances at Expo 86; her performances typically found her singing to the accompaniment of her piano, violin, guitar, and mandolin, and to that of a second keyboard player. Shari Ulrich has composed, written and hosted for television and has written scores for the National Film Board. She branched out into musical theatre, playing in productions of Tapestry (about US songwriter Carole King) in BC 1996-7, and Baby Boomer Blues (2003-4). A solo album, The View From Here, was released in 1998. She is also heard on "Live" at Cates Hill (2009).
Appointments; Successful Songs
Shari Ulrich has been caught in her career between folk and pop - between the traditional and the commercial - although her rich, country-ish voice and engaging stage personality have made her quietly dramatic (and often remarkably personal) ballads, sentimental reminiscences and hopeful social commentaries seem very much of a piece. Among her best-known songs are "Oh Daddy," "She Remembers," "Romeo," "I'm Not the One," "With or Without You," and "Every Road." Still other Ulrich titles have been recorded by Véronique Béliveau and Rita Coolidge. Ulrich was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. She taught at the University of British Columbia 2007-8 and has led Bluebird North and other songwriting workshops. She was a board member of the Songwriters Association of Canada 1998-2006 and its vice-president 2006-7, and a board member of CARAS 1993-7.
Knight, Irene G. "Shari Ulrich," Canadian Musician, vol 4, Jun 1982
Varty, Alex. "Shari Ulrich takes her own road," The Georgia Straight, 9-16 Feb 1990
Lacey, Liam. "After refining and redefining Ulrich discovers her real voice," Toronto Globe and Mail, 16 Feb 1990
Bateman, Jeff. "Interview: Shari Ulrich," Hook Line & Singer, vol 7, Feb 1990
Gill, Alexandra. "Pumkin power flowers again," Globe and Mail, 20 Aug 2001
Links to Other Sites
The MySpace website for popular musician Shari Ulrich. Listen to audio excerpts from her recordings.
The website for popular folk singer and songwriter Shari Ulrich. Check out her bio, the latest tour news, and more. Click on the "Discography" link to listen to songs from her recordings.
In Conversation with Canadian Fiddler Shari Ulrich
An interview with Juno award-winning musician Shari Ulrich. From the Fiddleheads.ca website.
Shari Ulrich discusses her successful songwriting and recording career. From the "Ottawa Folk Festival's Blog."
Check out the website for the legendary folk trio Pied Pumkin.