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Queen Esther

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Queen Esther is an African-American vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, musician and solo performer.

Her sound – Black Americana – is a hybrid of the music that raised her: back-porch blues, straight-up old timey twang, sanctified gospel and 70’s country rock.

Queen Esther stepped out of her Low Country childhood and took her classically trained four-octave range from a prestigious performing arts high school in Atlanta, Georgia to Austin, Texas, quickly becoming a local/regional favorite as a singer and performer/entertainer on the theater scene and as a member of Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes.

After relocating to New York City, her work led to creative collaborations in neo-vaudeville, alternative theater, various alt-rock configurations, (neo) swing bands, trip hop DJs, spoken word performances, jazz combos, jam bands, various blues configurations, original Off Broadway plays and musicals, experimental music/art noise and performance art.

As Queen Esther’s distinct sound — Black Americana — began to emerge, she performed regularly with blues guitar icon Hubert Sumlin and collaborated with jazz guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer while joining forces with guitarist Elliot Sharp as the alt-blues duo Hoosegow (their critically acclaimed effort Mighty, formerly on the now defunct Homestead Records, is available as a German import). Produced by Vernon Reid (Living Colour), her featured vocals on No Escape From The Blues (Hyena) garnered praise while earning a spot in Rolling Stone’s pick of The Best 50 CDs of 2003.

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