Viva Vinson / Press

“Do you know Viva Vinson? Nope. Why? No one’s had the good sense to sign her to a record deal. If you’re lucky enough to see her perform, you’d be more baffled — she’s mesmerizing. Man, does she have a set of pipes as well as an incredible stage presence. This California native has tackled gems like “Stormy Monday” and Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed” (the latter à la Etta James, but, in my humble opinion, Vinson’s version is better than Etta’s). As a burning-hot torch singer reminiscent of Billie Holiday crossed with a touch of Aretha Franklin, Vinson breathes new life to classic soul, jazz, R&B, and the blues. She’s performed extensively throughout Asia and California, where she still makes her home, when she’s not spreading sweet music across the universe.”