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“What possesses a person to get onstage and portray a dead rock star? In Myrna Sanders’ case, she’s possessed by the rock legend herself … Janis Joplin. ”

"A no-hassle attitude, high notes and costuming will help Myrna Sanders “channel Janis” Joplin at Saturday’s Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame concert, but the Houston singer notes she’s not “on stage” all the time."

“Myrna Sanders channels Janis Joplin in the tribute band Kozmic Pearl..."Kozmic Pearl has grown from a band that was thrown together for a one-night show to a band that embodies the Janis Joplin experience. Myrna Sanders, lead singer of the Janis Joplin tribute band Kozmic Pearl, has always had love for music and listened to Janis Joplin, but it wasn’t until about six years ago after a gig at Houston’s Fitzgerald’s that she would start one of the best Janis Joplin tribute bands Joplin fans would ever hear. “Fans can expect to see a reincarnation of Janis,” said Sanders. 'And that is really what people tell us when they come to see us.” ”

“Women About to Rock It - GALVESTON - "...through the years, women gradually have pushed the boundaries of pop music in a new direction as shoved aside those old stereotypes, as illustrated, for example, in the recently released Hollywood film "The Runaways," based on the true story of the all-female rock band featuring Joan Jett that dared go where no woman had ventured. Kozmic Pearl returns today to re-create the authentic psychedelic rock sound of fiery vocalist Janis Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, starring Houston singer, Myrna Sanders in the role of Joplin. The band's previous show at the Old Quarter during Mardi Gras saw the crowd come to its feet several times in appreciation of how closely Kozmic Pearl has captured the vintage Joplin sound.”

“Brazoria County, Texas - Kozmic Pearl featuring singer Myrna Sanders will be bringing its Janis Joplin tribute show to Galveston tonight for a Mardi Gras performance. For singer Myrna Sanders, what began as a brief experiment a few years ago has turned into a burning passion. Sanders is the heart and soul of Kozmic Pearl, the Ultimate Janis Joplin Tribute. Sanders and her backing band have performed steadily at clubs and festivals around Texas, bringing new congregations closer to the blues-rock gospel spelled out by Joplin”

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“GROVES — "Myrna Sanders of Kozmic Pearl, the Ultimate Janis Joplin Tribute Band, entertains the crowd at the Renaissance Hospital Fall Community Event in Groves on Saturday." "Under a festival-like atmosphere a raw voice reminiscent of Port Arthur’s own Janis Joplin filled the air as music lovers moved to the tune. "Kozmic Pearl, the Ultimate Janis Joplin Tribute Band, provided the entertainment for the Renaissance Hospital Fall Community event on Saturday. "The hospital, located at 5500 39th St., was recently purchased by local businessman Steve Nguyen who threw Saturday’s party for the community." "...Emergency room director, Dr. Thomas Konjoyan, snapped photos of the Joplin tribute band and tapped his foot along with the music. “I am a Renaissance man,” Konjoyan quipped." ”

"The concert formerly known as the Janis Joplin Bash has expanded to the title Gulf Coast Hall of Fame show. But don’t worry, Port Arthur’s blues/rock queen will get her due with a tribute from Myrna Sanders and Kozmic Pearl. “Basically, I've been a fan of Janis since I was a little kid,...I remember the first time I heard Me & Bobby McGee on the radio. I've been hooked ever since. It was one of the very first songs I ever learned on the guitar and I've always played several of her tunes in the bands I've been in throughout my career.” “She's just the greatest female singer there's ever been or ever will be,” Sanders, a Houston singer said. “Nobody sang with as much soul or feeling as she did. In the past few years that Kozmic Pearl has been together, I've studied her voice and the songs she sang and all I can say is, ‘wow!’ It just came so easy to her, but it's certainly not so easy to try to emulate. It takes al of work just for me to try to come close,”

“When Sanders was a little girl, Janis Joplin was one of her idols. But she never thought she'd be Janis. Sanders will transform herself from the Houston-based Texas rock-and-roll singer to the Port Arthur-born and bred wild child for the 20th Annual Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Show. ”

"...With a fifth of Southern Comfort at her feet, Myrna Sanders, belts out the powerful lyrics of Janis Joplin..." "...And belging out the soulful lyrics of that very song (Piece of My Heart - sic) Saturday night was Myrna Sanders, who performed all of Joplin's hits and more with the Kozmic Pearl band. "I am a huge Janis fan," Sanders said. I usedf to listen to her records all the time when I was a kid." Growing up, Sanders, who has performed in a band since her teen years, said her favorite song was "My and Bobby McGee." (paraphrased)

Ashley Sanders - The Port Arthur News