New York, 1981. Born an only child, Alicia Keys parents Divorced when she was two years old, after which she was brought up by her mother, Teresa Augello in a one-bedroomed apartment in "Hell’s Kitchen" neighborhood in Manhattan. At the time this was no place to raise a child, it was a boiling pot for the negative, a place where prostitution, drugs and gang violence strived. Despite all the struggles her mom was persistent in wanting her daughter to succeed and did all she could for her to progress. Teresa Augello was Keys' pillar and inspiration, working as a paralegal until midnight most nights and then heading back to work after just a couple hours sleep
Amy Winehouse is a legend and the music she created was incredible. She sung in the styles of Jazz, Soul, Blues and reggae which made her popular to many audiences and instantly she was different from the rest. In this essay I intend to give you a brief overview on Amy’s background and then I will explore Amy Winehouse’s Vocal and musical influences such as Sarah Vaughan who was an American Jazz singer and many more. Once I’ve covered that topic I will go on to discuss her appeal to a contemporary audience. The resources I will be using are Websites based on Amy Winehouse’s musical influences, Her documentary and books such as ‘’Amy Amy Amy the Amy Winehouse story by Nick Johnstone’’
Women’s Blues music in the 1920s and early 1930s served as liberation for the sexual and cultural politics of female sexuality in black women’s dissertation. Hazel V. Carby explores the ideology of the white feminist theory in her deposition, "It Jus Be 's Dat Way Sometime: The Sexual Politics of Women 's Blues", and critiques its views by focusing on the representation of feminism, sexuality, and power in black women’s blues music. She analyzes the sexual and cultural politics of black women who constructed themselves as sexual subjects through songs in blues music and explains how the representation of black female sexuality in black women’s fiction and in women’s blues differ from one another. Carby claims that these black women
Billie Holiday is one of the most influential jazz singers of her time. Her attitude, determination and most of all her music inspired artists throughout time and inspired major social change. Throughout her lifetime she explored the world of jazz, her identity, and how far the limits of her talent would take her. She exchanged her poor life, full of drugs and scandal for a life of performing the arts and showcasing her talents and abilities. Her incredible determination led her to do what she loved regardless of what anyone thought , which led to her inciting major social exchange; moving black suffering into white consciousness.
Often referred to as "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most popular female jazz singers in the United States. Throughout her career, Ella was awarded thirteen Grammys and sold over 40 million albums. With a voice that not only encompassed a large range, but a dynamic and powerful sound, Ella could sing almost anything from scatting to the popular tunes of her day. She performed in the top venues all around the world to packed houses, with audiences as diverse as the music she created. Ella came from a small town and impoverished family, but through her talent and determination, skyrocketed to fame creating a legacy that has withstood the sands of time.
Etta James was a well known American singer that sang many genres. She sang gospel, blues, R&B, rock and roll, soul and even jazz. James went through a lot and overcame even more things to get to where she was. She started her career at a very young age and then everything began building by itself. James earned everything she had, and made decisions that changed her whole life. Now she is well known and still considered one of the most dynamic singers in music. James started singing in a church choir, then began singing on the radio and that’s where she became popular. She moved to San francisco and then and had a better chance of having a career because she met bandleader “Otis”. James career than really began to come to her in 1954 and began to soar in 1960 when she signed with Chess Records.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the song that put on her on the charts, Aretha Franklin, one of the most influential female artists of all time is the artist that interest me the most. With her vocals a mixture of jazz and rhythm & blues, Aretha gained fame. Her vocals were so good, that it made her to have hit records over five years, which later on in her career, cause her to be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. Also giving her the title “The Queen of Soul”. Like most artists today, Franklin got her career started by singing gospel, and from gospel to pop and R&B. Aretha Franklin had many accomplishments in her time, like having 13 million songs sold. Also, “Aretha Franklin did not only symbolized female empowerment in the sound of her records
Selena Quintanilla-Perez was a talented Mexican-American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, and fashion designer. On top of her career, she had respect, and was admired as a great role model by Mexican Americans. The “Queen of Tejano” music, her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Billboard magazine named her the “Top Latin Artist of the 90s” and then “Best Selling Latin Artist of the decade”. Selena ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all time and is credited for catapulting a music genre into the mainstream market. Even though Selena was murdered, she achieved many great things throughout her lifetime. She is remembered today for her wonderful accomplishments. Selena was one of many Mexican-Americans to achieve crossover success with her music to become a global artist.
"If I didn 't hear it on the radio, or if my dad wasn 't playing it on the piano, or if my brother wasn 't playing it on the guitar or singing it in his boys ' choir, or my mother and sister weren 't practicing a Broadway tune or a Gilbert and Sullivan song, then I can 't do it today. It 's as simple as that. All of my influences and my authenticity are a direct result of the music played in that Tucson living room.”( silver threads) From rock, pop, country, mariachi, and even older styles that she made sound like new. She was not afraid to try new things with her music, and felt if she wanted to do something nothing and no one was going to hold her back. She was also interested in making videos for almost every piece of music she sang. Linda started out singing in a band with her brother, ___, and her sister, _____. After college she moved to Los Angeles, California and was apart of a folk trio. The band was called the Stone Poneys and was made up of Linda Ronstadt, Bobby Kimmel, and Kenny Edwards. They released their first album in 1974 called “Different Drum”. It was a huge hit, but after the album was released the band fell apart. Ronstadt decided to then take control over her singing career, and moved on as a solo artist. Although she was not increasingly popular during this time, she started to become more well known from the “Different Drum” album her band had released. In 1969, she released her first album as a solo
"I’ve always been a writer. My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I’ve ever achieved,” says Dolly Parton. Over the years, Dolly Parton has created an amazing image of being a renowned superstar. She has contributed to countless milestones in entertainment world of country music. Spanning from her classical songs such a “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You” (Dolly). Parton seamlessly defined country music with pop music, while maintaining her image as a country star. Parton exclaimed, “I’m not leaving country,” she said at the time, “I’m just taking it with me”
Lena Horne was a star who broke racial barriers. In a suppressive 1900s America, an African American woman was determined to step into the limelight to defy the racial standards of her time. She faced an uphill battle trying to create a career from her childhood, with little support from her own family, let alone a white dominated industry. When she finally proved to be an astonishing performer and struck a deal with a major Hollywood studio, she was still held back by racial segregation laws still in effect in the south. Horne recognized her influence and used her talents to go from actress to activist. Through movie roles and songs the starlette used her voice to make movements for African American civil rights.
The genre of blues exploded into the blues craze during the 1920’s. During this time, white record producers saw the untapped goldmine that was blues music performed by people of color. Ma Rainey was one of them, and to some, one of the first, giving her the title, ‘The Mother of Blues’. The 1920’s was not only an era of continuing homophobia from the past (although that would change, briefly, into a mild form of acceptance until the more conservative 1930’s), but also of harsh racism. And yet, one singer, Ma Rainey’s, broke these restrictions. Her audience and shows flourished with both whites and blacks, peacefully mingling together to behold Ma’s performances. In this era taut with fear over race, both whites and black adored her.
With her sophisticated style and soulful voice, Carla Thomas was able to make a name for Stax Records of Memphis and aid in the development of an entirely new genre of music. With the help of her father, she began performing at a young age. By the time she was 18, she had become the first woman to chart a top ten hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself. In the following years, Carla Thomas became known as the Queen of Memphis Soul, the counterpart to the “King,” Otis Redding. Her music greatly influenced the Memphis sound and transformed Southern Soul music forever.
American Literary stage has an array of expression. It is rightly asserted by Bhongle “Almost every literary genre is rich with new notions, and new ideologies. Women’s writings in America, Afro-American Literature, and Literature of the Immigrants Experience, and of the other ethnic groups- and the actively operating small but significant factors within these broad movements - make the contemporary American Literary scenario highly appealing”
Her style as a vocalist was powerful and energetic. She known for her lively performances, majestic phrasing, and the moan-like tonality of her singing. In 1923 she was discovered by Paramount records at the age of 37, and became the second black female in history to record for a record label. Because of Paramount's below average recording quality, the true, powerful sound of her voice was never fully captured on her records, but are the most prevalent and noticeable in her earliest recordings, "Bo-Weevil Blues" and "Moonshine Blues." Rainey made over 100 recordings for Paramount, and the company made sure to market her extensively, labeling her as "The Paramount Wildcat," "The Gold Neck Woman," "The Songbird of the South," and most impressively, "The Mother of the Blues," a nickname that stuck with Rainey forever. In 1924, at the peak of her career and fame, Rainey recorded several duets with Louis Armstrong, and embarked on a national tour with her band, performing for both black and white