Lady Bianca

Rooted in the tradition of gospel and rhythm & blues, singer/songwriter Lady Bianca has a voice that cuts straight to the soul of the listener. Her own material takes on life's issues with insight and purpose in a style laced with humor and even a dash of country and western.

Along with her partner and co-producer, Stanley Lippitt, Lady Bianca created the "Mighty Oakland Sound,” a sound indigenous to the bay area. The city of Oakland, recognizing her devotion and immense talent, named her "Female Vocalist of the Year" for three years running.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Lady Bianca moved to the bay area at a very young age. Her formal training was at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where, because of her unusual talent, she was awarded a four-year scholarship. It was at the Conservatory that she studied music theory, composition and received her operatic vocal training.

She has appeared in numerous productions with some of the world's most influential and exciting artists including Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Sly and The Family Stone. In Jon Hendricks’ San Francisco production of Evolution of the Blues she brilliantly portrayed Billie Holiday.

Lady Bianca has participated in many festivals including the Monterey Blues Festival, the Festival of Voices and the Oakland Blues Salute to Troyce Key. She has also been heard on National Public Radio's Broadcast "Blues Stage.”

Along with performing, Lady Bianca teaches blues, R & B music and lyric writing. She is deeply committed to the young generation of musicians. In her words, "It's our heritage and we want people to know that we don't want to lose it. We want our children and our people to get back to 'real' music and experience a renaissance of true feelings."

Lady Bianca's Telarc debut album, Best Kept Secret (CD-83367), was released in June of 1995. Before signing with Telarc, Lady Bianca recorded on the Magic-O record label.