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Sista Monica Parker

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Like E.C. Scott, Bettye LaVette, Denise LaSalle, and several other powerful modern blues females, Sista Monica Parker got her begin singing in cathedral. She began performing at age group seven and was touring using the choir being a 12-year-old. Parker sang with her regional cathedral choir in areas like Chicago and Detroit, which got her contact with present business — albeit within the cathedral — early. Parker cited Al Green, Aretha Franklin, the Staple Performers, Jackie Wilson, and Sam Cooke as early affects. Over time in university, she became a member of the U.S. Sea Corps, achieving the rank of sergeant after 3 years. Upon release, she started her very own staffing company for engineering occupations. After many years within the Chicago region, she relocated her business to Silicon Valley in North California. Her blue-chip customers included Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!, and Sunlight Microsystems. Then, motivated by her neighbor MC Hammer, Parker made a decision to convert her longtime like of performing into a lot more than simply an avocation. She started sharing levels in North California night clubs and celebrations with Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Etta Adam, as well as other blues and traditional R&B legends. By 1995, she acquired documented and released her debut, Escape My Method. Radio developers latched to the tune “Windy Town Burner,” and she and her music group could actually tour the U.S., European countries, and Canada to get it. She documented a second record, the self-titled Sista Monica, in 1997. In 1998, she received a W.C. Helpful Award nomination beneath the Greatest Contemporary Blues Feminine category and gained a California Music Prize the same calendar year for Most Excellent Blues Musician. In 2000, Parker released her third record, People Like the Blues, which showcases the abilities of Jimmy Thackery, Larry McCray, and Dan Caron in the Charles Brown Music group. In 2001, she released her initial gospel record, Gimme That Aged Time Religious beliefs, an creative full-circle on her behalf, as she came back towards the gospel origins of her youngsters. That same yr, she released Reside in European countries, which catches the nature and energy of her live shows with her touring music group. It had been on tour in European countries in the past due ’90s that she 1st gained the moniker “the Blues Lioness.” In 2002, she was offered the Blues Designer of the entire year award in the 17th annual Monterey Bay Blues Event. After completing a 17-concert tour of holland in past due 2002, she found out a lump under her correct arm and later on found out it had been a uncommon and severe type of tumor, synovial sarcoma. Parker underwent greater than a yr of chemotherapy, rays remedies, and physical therapy, constantly affirming herself and keeping her trust in God and her will to reside. In 2004, she re-emerged and documented an record of spirit and jazz criteria popularized by Ray Charles and Dinah Washington, Like, Spirit & Heart, Vol. 1. Her following release, Can’t Maintain a Good Girl Down!, showcased her skills being a blues and traditional R&B vocalist, but additionally included some well-chosen addresses, including Willie Nelson’s “Crazy How Period Slips Apart” and Sam Cooke’s “A BIG CHANGE Gonna Arrive.” It verified Parker among the most powerful performers of blues, gospel, traditional R&B, and spirit in the past due 2000s, an undeniable fact she demonstrated with continual touring from the U.S. and elements of European countries. Special Inspirations, released in 2008, included addresses of Mississippi Fred McDowell, the Beatles, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Singin’ within the Heart followed this year 2010, and 2011’s Surviving in the Danger Area presented a raft of Parker originals. She released yet another recording, 2012’s Soul Blues & Ballads, before slowing in the middle-2010s. Parker passed away in past due 2014, but was honored posthumously from the Blues Music Honours using the honor of Spirit Blues Female Designer of the entire year.

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Full Name Sista Monica Parker
Died October 9, 2014, Modesto, California, United States
Siblings Barrington Parker, Charlotte Parker, Garland Parker
Music Songs A Chance to Breathe, Put It in the Crock Pot, Show Me What You're Working, Let Me Moan, It's a Shame, It's a Mystery, People Love the Blues, Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, I Don't Want to Hurt You Baby, It's Good to Be Alive, Cookin' With Grease, The Bigger They Are, The Sista Don't Play, You Got To Pay, Lip Service, Honey It's Your Fault, Hug Me Like You Love Me, Pussycat Moan, Walk Around Heaven All Day, The Walking Wounded, Windy City Burner, Leave the Door Open, I Been Bamboozled, How Long Does It Take, I'm Happy With Me, What Difference Does It Make?, Behind My Back, A Change Gonna Come, LIving in the Danger Zone, Somebody Gonna Give Up Something Tonight, Put Your Shoe on the Other Foot, Fierce Force of Nature, Come to Mama
Albums Gimme That Old Time Religion, Love, Soul & Spirit, Volume 1, Can't Keep a Good Woman Down!, Live in Europe, Get Out My Way, People Love the Blues, Sweet Inspirations, Sista Monica, Living in the Danger Zone, Singin' In The Spirit, Soul Blues & Ballads


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