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From childhood my dad listened to Bobby Gentry albums and I connected to that kind of Delta Blues music at the age of five. As time went on I found the next real connection with Bonnie Raitt. The woman that really touched every part of me musically was Etta James. Her timing and voice is like no other woman I have ever heard.
The story she tells about the tone of her voice in her book "Rage to Survive" came when she was only seven while trying to imitate a male choir director's tone and sound at her grandmother's church. She became a seven year old phenomenon because she had such a big deep voice.
I have been singing as far back as I can remember. I used to sing at the top of my lungs while sitting on my swing set in the back yard when I was little. I found out when I became an adult (because they teased me about it) that my next door neighbors "Boots and Hazel" could hear me singing from inside their house. I sang solos at church, sang in competitions in the school choir and sometimes even performed in school musicals. However none of that ever excited me like it singing with a band live in front of people who really appreciate the music
music.I just love it