Sharona Drake-Henderson is a dynamic entrepreneur, creative powerhouse, and philanthropist. As the founder of Heard First, owner of The Nameless Group, and the executive director of Reify, Sharona has left an indelible mark on the artistic landscape.
With her background as a background singer for international recording artists and extensive experience as a touring vocalist, Sharona gained a deep understanding of the creative process. She later transitioned into a managerial role as a general manager for a record label, where she showcased her expertise in artist management, marketing, and branding.
Sharona’s multifaceted talents extend to her role as a brand strategist and social media influencer, where she has been featured on notable media outlets such as Revolt, CBS, ABC, and more. She is also a published author, having written the acclaimed book After They Touched Me, which highlights her powerful story of overcoming sexual trauma..
Her impact extends further through her philanthropic efforts as the executive director of Reify, investing in creatives to advance the culture. Prior to her work with Reify, she was the founder and director of PEARL, a female mentorship program on the Westside of Chicago, where she served over 200 young women and three different schools in the North Lawndale area.
With her visionary leadership, Sharona empowers emerging talent, shapes cultural narratives, and enables creatives to thrive. Her work, both in the creative industry and as an author, is a testament to the transformative power of art and its ability to create positive change in society.
Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of Heard First and its 2023-2025 featured artists of North Alabama. The Teal Album is a collaborative musical project showcasing the talents of Meme B. Jones, Mil, Pat Jamar, DMR Soul, O’Rian, and Zami Maré. Prepare to delight in soulful melodies, captivating beats, and an unforgettable musical journey that can only be heard first in North Alabama.
Experience the magic of some of North Alabama’s premiere talent – preorder available Aug 2023.