Sounds Like: Johnnie Taylor
Introduces Mashaa'from Memphis,TN.
She has been inspired by many and worked with greats like Willie Mitchell,Michael McDonald,Bozz Skaggs,BB King, Otis Clay,Gino Soccio,Marti Pellow, Willie Nelson,Ike Turner,Joan Baez,Otis Rush,Grammy Winner,Anyplace I'm Going,George Jackson and OV Wright.She wr...See Full Bio
“INTRODUCING… MASHAÁ “Mashaá comes from my first and my last names - the last two letters of my first name, Erma, and the SHA from my last name, Shaw, and then I added a little French touch to it, ’a’ with an accent.” Mashaá was born in Memphis, Tennessee. “My mother, who’s deceased now, was my best friend in the whole world. She taught me about Willie Mitchell, Lionel Hampton and all these people, when I was just a little child. My mom sang gospel. My father played piano. They were never professionally involved in music.” “When I was young, I loved everybody - Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Phoebe Snow, the Carpenters, Barbra Streisand… everybody! Most people would tell you that they started singing in church, which I did too. I actually started singing, when I was about seven years old. I was always involved in the production of musical things in my school. I’m the type of person that singing is what keeps me going.”