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♥♥ Vocals Elite - Lola Batiste ♥♥
Born in Paris,Texas to a musical family, Lola Batiste whose aunt (Nellie Forge) and cousin (Jessie M. Diggs) were superb Baptist Church pianist had an early influence on Lola's vocal style, Lola who attended the Catholic Church began singing hymns in her church's choir where she fused her aunt's fervent gospel style with the subdued choir hymns of the Catholic Church creating a vocal style all her own.
In a musical collaboration with songwriter Nico Rizzuto of Cologne, Germany Lola provided the vocals for the creation of “Because You Know Me” a jazzy pop tune.
Lola has also had the honor of being a member of the prestigious Women's Chorus of Dallas where she sang first soprano under the artistic direction of Melinda Imthurn.
Lola along with two other actresses was cast as Diana Ross and the Supremes in the Marsha Moses musical production of “From Dixie to Broadway” a musical documenting the history of African American music. "I have always admired Diana Ross and when I was cast to perform her songs I was thrilled!”.
Lola Batiste has also worked with the distinguished actor and playwright Akin Babatunde in one of his stage productions titled " Reveal (a dream tale with music)" that had it's debut at the Kalita Humphrey Theater in Dallas where she portrayed one of three dolls that came to life.
Lola Batiste made several tv appearances on the cable show "Around The Town" that was hosted by the late Curtis Pierce a popular radio DJ .
Listening to such artist as Patti Austin, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Diana Ross was enough for Lola to learn the importance of authenticity of emotion.
"Every song that I sing I really love and I try to interpret the song in the way that I'm feeling it. I never try to be the image of the artist I adore, I extract from their performance things that enhance my own performance."
Lola expresses lyrics in an interesting way, yes there are singers with greater vocal horsepower, but Lola has a much softer, personal and nuanced style and tons of melodic creativity that makes one want to sit back and check out her style.
Musician's that have worked directly with Lola:
"Lola Batiste and I were, in the past, vocalists together in a soul
music/jazz band, and she definitely has a uniquely gifted voice
that crosses into many genres, even Gospel."
J. Andrew Belk
Community of Messiah Exemplified