Silke Berlinn is a "proto-punk" vocalist renowned for her exceptional voice and broad-ranging vocal abilities with rhythm-and-blues feel. She sang back-ups with Mink deVille, having had similar influences to those of Willie Borsey. She lists her primary influences as Tina Turner, Darlene Love, Nico and The Velvet Underground. She began singing in church choirs at age 6, being mentored when she left NYC to join a band in her mid-teens by blues great Charles "Blue Boy" Huff, Sam Cooke's original Soul Stirrer. Silke has worked the roughest rooms of the Chicago, Richmond, Oakland blues scene, working with Hi-Tide Harris, Cool Pappa & Sugar Pie DeSanto. Silke's vocal style is reminiscent of Ronnie Ronette, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, She began singing in proto-punk bands at 15 when she left home in NYC to marry Robert McKenzie who started the Mink deVille Band in San Francisco.
Artists We Like
Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Mamas & The Papas, Thunderclap Newman, anything Motown, anything Phil Spector, 60s garage band, Mink deVille, Bush, John Murry, Biggie Smalls, Cypress Hill, Naughty by Nice, GG Allin, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Contours, Flamin' Groovies, Neil Young