Name: Sharon Lewis

From: Brighton via Manchester

Influences: Queens Of The Stone Age and Led Zeppelin

Profile: Last weekend saw Sharon Lewis launch her new album Roses At The Top at Brighton’s Unitarian Church.

Formerly one half of Manchester duo Pooka, which signed to Warner Brothers and released four albums over the space of a decade, Sharon released her first solo album The Hour Lilies in 2006.

The release led to an invitation to work with Faithless’s Jamie Catto on his solo project 1 Giant Leap. Since then, Lewis has also collaborated with The Leisure Society’s Nick Hemming, and starred alongside Ani Di Franco and Martin Carthy in Anais Mitchell’s folk opera Hadestown, which premiered at the 2011 Celtic Connections Festival.

Lewis’s self-produced second album, which was released last month, is based largely around piano and her vocal, with occasional flourishes of strings, trumpets and pedal steel.

“The lyrics are very important and I didn’t want them to get lost in the music,” says Lewis. “My hope for the album is that it brings healing and comfort to those people who find themselves halfway up the mountain searching for the roses.”

It is accompanied by a new EP Simple Things.