JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What do you get when a spunky extrovert spends her childhood on stage, her teenage years gabbing away with customers at a Jewish deli and her adult life touring the globe with her own music, hosting events and appearing on the most watched television show in the world? You get Sharon Wilbur.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Sharon grew up on stage-literally-performing with her singer/songwriter father from the age of 8. In 2006 she released her debut CD Mercy Calling, which sold more than 10,000 copies, and toured the U.S., South America, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.
But Sharon's "big break" came during season 8 of American Idol. Her natural effervescence and distinctive voice, not to mention her canine sidekick (Sasha, the Shih Tzu), made her an instant favorite with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi, who sent her straight through to Hollywood.
Alas, becoming the next American Idol wasn't meant to be for Sharon, but the experience led her to a gig as the Face of FOX30. Sharon not only serves as our Entertainment News reporter, but she has appeared in hundreds of commercials and promos as well. Not only does her on camera work keep her busy, but Sharon also creates, produces, edits and writes her segments.
Her in-studio and red carpet interviews, which have included Carrie Underwood, George Lopez, Nigel Lythgoe, Jason Aldean, Michael Weatherly (NCIS), Jane Seymour and Phillip Phillips, are as entertaining as they are informative. Sharon's innate ability to connect with anyone and everyone is both infectious and dynamic.
In addition to her television and music careers, Sharon is actively involved in the community - hosting events several times a month, and working with numerous charities. These include: The Arthritis Foundation, Wilbur Ministries, Stella's House, The American Heart Association, Sophia's Heart Foundation, The Joseph Project and more. Her love of people and desire to leave a positive, lasting impact on the world is what motivates Sharon each and every day.
Keep up with Sharon by following her on Twitter: @SharonWilbur and @FaceofFOX30.