With the passing of legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin and the 60th birthday of Madonna occurring within days of each other this week I started to think about the enduring legacy of certain women in the music biz and how they got to where they are today. I also started to think about the mentors that have helped me on my journey. Here are seven female performers who have influenced my work and the stage of life I was in when they found me and first sang their song to me.
Today in a week, on March 23, New York R&B singer Deva Mahal will release her debut album on Motéma Music. You best describe Deva’s music as infectious, pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge.
Melissa Delecia, this week’s island girl with a big dream, is presently busy working on her fresh and brand new debut album. But to keep us on track, she is continuing to release new songs on a regular basis.
Melissa Roslyn Delecia is a Singer, Songwriter, Entertainer who was born on October 30th, 1993. She is a multi-genre artist from the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Most of all, Melissa blends her own unique styles and melodies together to form a new genre she calls Island-Pop.
Not My Circus, the band of our Artist of the Week David Ernsberger, makes alt-pop songs with folk-tinged vocal harmonies skipping over a freak show of psych-blues riffs, soulful bass grooves, wonky funk beats and warm electronic textures. A white-knuckle ride to the edge of your musical map, and back again.