Sharona Drake has dedicated her life to being an urban missionary who primarily uses public speaking and music to serve in the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago and around the world.
Locally, Sharona Drake is the founder and director of PEARL, a female mentorship organization in North Lawndale, Chicago. She is a mentor to over 200 young women in her neighborhood, and her aim is to be a life partner to each young woman that she serves. Over the past few years Sharona also has ministered alongside Partners in Missions in Uganda, Africa and has paired with Merge Ministries to support Christian ministries in San Gregorio, Nicaragua.
Musically, Sharona is a worship leader at Fellowship Chicago (Pastor Charles Jenkins) and has also travels nationally and internationally as a background singer for Charles Jenkins. Behind the scenes, Sharona got her start as a a campaign manager, artist developer, and event planner for a variety of national recording artists, organizations, and record labels. Her clients included the likes of Viktory, The Legacy Conference, Thi’sl, Terence Clark (Gungor), Committed (NBC’s “The Sing Off”), and more.
Sharona’s growing experience with urban missions and contributing to the creative initiatives of other artists helps her to have a variety of musical and ministry perspectives. Her signature sound and performance style is a musical gumbo that infuses the storytelling of country and folk, the energy of rap and pop, and the heart and grit of soul and gospel. The messages she shares are based on a biblical worldview with cultural relevancy to the marginalized. Through music, public speaking, and daily urban missionary work, Sharona aims to impact the heart of culture by bringing light to dark places and inspiring people to love God, seek justice, and serve in their local communities.