Mahalia Jackson and Irma Thomas are two of New Orleans’ legendary female vocalists who have made their imprint on the city. Irma continues to blow away audiences every Jazz Fest, and there is a whole new tidal wave of female singers in the current New Orleans music scene. Two of the modern musical female trailblazers in New Orleans joined us on this episode of GoNOLA Radio.
The New Orleans Nightingales is the brainchild of singer Ingrid Lucia who picked up New Orleans music while playing on the streets with her family. Ingrid put together an incredible roster of 19 talented New Orleans singers, including singer and ukulele vixen Debbie Davis who joined Ingrid on this episode. Other Nightingales include Lena Prima, Kristen Diable, Banu Gibson, Jayna Morgan, Linnzi Zaorski and Vanessa Niemann. Ingrid talks about how she had the idea for the Nightingales and how it all came together. The Nightingales’ first performance with all members was at Voodoo Fest when they had special guest Irma Thomas join them on stage, all to their collective delight and surprise.
Nineteen ladies, all with different backgrounds and music styles, makes for one very exciting and diverse group! Hear more about these charming ladies, their special bond, their compilation album, what they have in store for the future and more on this episode of GoNOLA Radio! And make sure to stay tuned for a little preview of the Nightingales at the end of the episode!
GoNOLA Radio is a free New Orleans podcast hosted by Sunpie Barnes, Lorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko about the food, music and culture of the Crescent City. Subscribe to GoNOLA Radio on iTunes or download to your mobile device on Stitcher. GoNOLA Radio features music by Cale Pellick.