Born in San Rafael, California Shari moved to British Columbia in the early 1970's
She's a Juno award winner, a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, television host, theme composer and script writer and, most recently, theatre performer
Shari first appeared on Vancouver stages in 1973 after stints of backpacking around the U.S. and performing with her older brother and sister with the San Francisco Free Theatre
With Rick Scott and Joe Mock, Shari formed the singular and quirky Pied Pumkin String Ensemble, a hit at Simon Fraser University and any festival, park or beach
"...to finance our recordings in those days, Pied Pumkin would collect the names, addresses and price of a future album from fans, go in and make the record, then mail it off to all those kind trusting souls who had pre-paid..."
Big changes came when Shari was was hired to tour with West Coast folk artist Valdy as part of his backing group, the Hometown Band. In addition to singing harmony and playing everything from flute to sax to violin behind Valdy, Shari was called on every show to step forward and sing Joe Mock's stunning Flying
The Hometown Band was signed domestically with A&M and made two albums: Flying and The Hometown Band..they also won a Juno award for the best new group
Her first solo album was Long Nights on A&M which won a Juno nomination for most promising female artist
When the Hometown Band broke up Shari began her solo career. Next came One Step Ahead and a Juno award for most promising female artist of 1981
An international deal with MCA came next, and Shari released the highly acclaimed Talk Around Town made with long time producer and collaborator Claire Lawrence
During this time Shari also worked extensively on other media projects. She co-hosted Futurescan on CBC-TV with David Suzuki. As well, she wrote and hosted BCTV's award winning Inside Trax
She composed and produced several Sesame Street items, as well as writing theme music for shows on the CBC, Life and Knowledge networks
Interspersed with all this activity, Shari also managed to find time to record her fourth solo album Every Road followed by the compilation The Best of Shari Ulrich
And what began as a one time only show with long time friends Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes at a music festival turned into UHF...the much praised acoustic/vocal trio
As well as her solo career she continues to perform with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes in UHF.
Shari also has a lead role in the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre production of Tapestry, a Carol King tribute
These days Shari lives with her family on Bowen Island B.C.