Queen Esther: Gild the Black Lily - presented in partnership with YoungArts
Raised in Atlanta, Georgia and embedded in Charleston, South Carolina’s culturally rich and enigmatic Lowcountry – a region with African traditions and Black folkways that span centuries and continue to inform her work – Harlem-based vocalist, songwriter, musician and solo performer Queen Esther (1983 YoungArts winner in Theater) uses her Southern roots as a touchstone to sonically explore cultural mores in America, deconstructing well-worn historical narratives and creating a reclamation-driven soundscape. Although she is often described as “...a Black Lucinda Williams…” (Vanity Fair), vocal descriptives have included “...Aretha Franklinesque…” (Feedback) and have shifted easily from Billie Holiday and Sly Stone to Sarah Vaughn and Melissa Etheridge. Her self-released critically acclaimed Black Americana album Gild The Black Lily continues to make waves since its March 2021 release. Postponed repeatedly because of the pandemic, with this showcase her latest creative adventure will finally get the album release party it so thoroughly deserves.
Photo Credit: Amy Arbus
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