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Biography of We Rollin’ Records Founder Sharon D. Ford We Rollin’ Records is an independent record label founded in the late 1990s by entrepreneur/artist Sharon Ford also k... more
Biography of We Rollin’ Records Founder Sharon D. Ford We Rollin’ Records is an independent record label founded in the late 1990s by entrepreneur/artist Sharon Ford also known by her stage name, Hottie Hot. The label was incorporated in the state of Maryland in 2013. Sharon is a native of the Nation’s Capital. Her initial goal was to pursue a career in cosmetology. After becoming a licensed cosmetologist in Washington, D.C., she received advance training at the Vidal Sassoon School of Hair Design in London, England. Her cosmetology career came to an abrupt halt due to a severe allergic reaction to cosmetic chemicals. Constant inhalation of hair products took a toll on her facial nerves; therefore, she was forced to seek another career. Sharon chose acting, modeling, then rapping which prompted her to attend the Maryland Academy of Dramatic Arts and later studied at the Collier Casting Acting Center in New York. She got her first acting job as an extra in numerous scenes on the 1989 television series A Man Called Hawk starring, Avery Brooks. She appeared as an extra in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and the MTV Direct Effect Show. Sharon also did promo modeling work for E&J Brandy (Liquors). Sharon later worked as a music critic for a D.C. based hip-hop magazine called, Straight From The Street in the 1990s where she attended many album release parties and events for recording stars such as the Braxtons; Donnell Jones; Ja Rule; and Montell Jordan just to name a few. Sharon also recorded a few rap songs produced by prominent Washington, D.C. musicians like Robert Reed, who was a member of Trouble Funk, one of the definitive groups of D.C.’s popular Go Go music. She recorded songs produced by Vaughan Mason from the 80’s funk group, Vaughan Mason & Crew with popular hits such as: Bounce Rock Skate Roll. In the 1990s, she traveled to Lorain, Ohio to rap on a track co-written by R&B artist, David Tolliver from the duo Men At Large. Sharon’s first stage performance was at the 2002 Tampax Total You Tour featuring R&B artist, Lil’ Mo and guest speakers: Queen Latifah; Free from BET’s 106 & Park; and recording artist/activist & author, Sister Souljah. Sharon performed at Jokes On Us Comedy Club in Laurel, Maryland and Howard University’s 2003 Homecoming Concert hosted by comedian Cory “Zoo” Miller featuring comedian Lavell Crawford, both from BET Comic View. After Sharon researched the possibility of running her own record label, she began to focus on building We Rollin’ Records. In 2004, while working at a Maryland manufacturing company, she discovered Terry Rice, Sr. also known as Pimp Dzol. She always viewed Dzol as platinum-star material, thereby arranging for him to record in major studios in Virginia, New York and Atlanta. After she arranged for Dzol to record a special demo featuring artist Young Jeezy, Sharon asked the co-star of the reality show The Kandi Factory, also known as Atlanta’s multi-platinum, mega music producer, Don Vito, to review the demo. Vito was impressed with Dzol’s talent and decided to produce his debut 12 track CD. One track entitled Money Callin’ featuring hip hop artist, Cap 1 also features Sharon on the track. The CD was completed in May 2014. The single entitled, Turnt Up is available on all digital outlets worldwide. The label plans to sign other newcomers including R&B solo artists, hip hop artists and new groups in 2016.