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Rhea Makiaris, the woman of many monikers, is an East Coast bred, West Coast raised musical sensation. With a natural ear for music and knack for picking up instruments, she is a self-taught riot of a minstrel with a honey voice and a yen for old school R&B.
Rhea transports her listeners back to a golden age of music before pitch correction, when all a performer needed to entertain was a guitar and an exceptional voice. Her dulcet sounds have been described as reminiscent of the greats: the clear, perfect pitch of Ella; the raw attitude of Janice; infectious energy of Tina and the soul of her own personal divine being: Aretha. Her vocal style incorporates jazz, soul, gospel and blues with Rhea finding inspiration from singers such as Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Etta James, and Sam Cooke.
She's played everywhere from the sandy shores of San Diego to all over NYC. Her venues have been bars to backyards, rooftops to restaurants, beaches to barns and lots of in between places. She readily engages her talents with a large circle of musical guests and performs with bands as well as solo. Her talents are diverse and unique. Since Rhea is also a sign language interpreter, it is not unusual to see songs signed as well as sung. She also recently lent her musical prowess to the creation of the theme song for an up and coming comedy show.
Rhea has an EP of original material produced by award winning engineer Sven-Erik Seaholm from 2008. She's currently gearing up to create her first full length Album and is planning to take her show all over this great nation in a rousing road tour coming up in Summer 2012.
You can check out her smorgasbord of stylings at www.heyrhea.com or catch her on facebook to find out about upcoming gigs.