Almeta Speaks
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Almeta Speaks

Band Blues Gospel


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CDs : Blues and Spirituals ; Let There Be Peace On Earth; Blues In The Night ( in production )



Almeta Speaks was born in Reidsville , North Carolina . Her first music was church music . She has spent her adult life singing the blues , and the uplifting message of gospel.

Her first important influences were Bessie Smith , Billie Holiday and Nina Simone ...who taught her that singing the blues is about the the singer and her interpretation of a song.

Almeta has also been influenced by Dinah Washington , Ray Charles and all the other great blues singers.

Through a long career she has appeared with Kenny Burrell, Odetta, Earl " Fatha " Hines, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth , Ursuline Karlson , Benoit Sourise , Solomon Burke , Lucky Peterson , among others.

She has been featured in concert in Becama Mairie Hall in Beynes , France; the California Jazz Workshop , Temecula , Californis; St. Olaf College , Minnesota; Lausanne Palace Spa Hotel , Switzerland; University of Hawaii , Honolulu;The Yarra Grange Vineland Festival , Australia ; The Charlottetown Festival , Prince Edward Island; and many other venues.

What sets Almeta apart is her individuality. She has been influenced by many - but she is very much her own mistress of song in her approach to her chosen music. She will pick an old blues standard , and then transform the song with her own ideas of phrasing , tempo and rythym , to create her own personal vision of lyrics and melody.

That uniqueness flows from many years of study of the history of black music in North America.... from African roots to the Mississippi Delta and beyond.

Almeta holds several university degrees . Her studies into the history of black musiic has evolved into concert/lecture presentations and workshops she has presented in a number of countries. ; and currently in Paris , France ; where she now resides.