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Life In the Big City

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Biography

Born: 14 November 1959 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Valerie Wellington took the Chicago blues scene by surprise in 1982, perhaps not forgoing her classical training as an opera singer as much as using it to enhance her work in the blues. As a blueswoman she fit right in, not only becoming a regular in the blues clubs but also compiling an impressive theatrical resume for her portrayals of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith — women who, like opera singers, learned to project their voices without microphones. The influence of Koko Taylor was also evident...
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