Sharyn Felder (Doc’s daughter) was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, long before it was a hipster’s paradise – living in the same apartment in which her father was raised, until a bullet pierced her crib, forcing her parents to attempt a brief stint in suburbia. Her exposure to Tin Pan Alley began at a young age, when she spent weekends at the legendary Forest Hotel, opposite the Brill Building, where her father lived part time and held court in the lobby.
Sharyn earned an MFA in photography from the New York University/International Center of Photography graduate program and was active as a fine-art photographer/artist, exhibiting her work throughout the New York area and also working as a commercial photographer. She has taught photography at NYU, Marymount Manhattan College, and Fordham University.
Sharyn has been the force behind various projects honoring her father’s life and music. She served as co-executive producer on a tribute album, “Till the Night Is Gone,” for Rhino Records’ that contained performances of her father’s songs by artists such as Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Lou Reed, Dr. John and Rosanne Cash. She began working on a documentary of her father some years prior to being contacted by Will Hechter, who reached out to her and put together the talented production team that made this documentary a reality. She with her husband Will Bratton is currently developing a Broadway show based on her dad’s life story and has several exciting film projects in the works.