Being a pastors daughter, I grew up in the church singing in chorus and praise teams. I’m no stranger to the voices of The Clark Sisters. I watched their biopic that recently aired on Lifetime. It was such a good movie. I knew nothing of their story prior, but I most defiantly want to study them more. The movie hit on the staple songs that took the sisters to the top! Their harmonies are like non other! And hearing their voices today is just spectacular!
As I create, and prepare for an upcoming Jazz gig, I've been drawn to learning more about the late, great Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day. Her life was quite tragic and hard, but she gave so much through impactful music. Her voice is vulnerable and emotes so much sadness in many of her songs. I can learn so much from how she delivers each lyric like it was her very own. She was a songwriter herself, but she also was a true artist for being able to take lyrics written by others and singing like it was her story. She was the original recording artist for the well known song "Strange Fruit," which was released in 1939. She has been honored during and after her life, where she even has a statue in Baltimore. Her single "Lover Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989, and she was inducted in the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame in 1997.
Black History Facts: Marian Anderson was the first African American singer to perform at the White House and New York City's Metropolitan Opera. She lived 1902 to 1993. She made a name for herself overseas in Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, etc. She started her American tour in New York City in 1935.
Missy is known for serving us amazing visuals. This music video shows a softer side of Missy Elliott. The song showcases her raw talent as a vocalist, which is often overlooked by previous song choices. I feel like this most recent EP really showcases her diversity as an artist. Every song has something very different. My favorites are "Why I Still Love You" and "DripDemeanor."
My life is a song still being written...watch my lyrics evolve.