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Best Kept Secret

Lady Bianca

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After years of session and live work (with Van Morrison, Jon Hendricks, John Lee Hooker), Lady Bianca made her solo debut with this 1995 record, released through Telarc. Though technically a blues record, Best Kept Secret actually reveals Bianca's roots in gospel and soul. Her voice is powerful enough to rank her with blues heavyweights like Koko Taylor, though she can also summon the simmering fire of Aretha Franklin (circa "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman") on a song like "Ooh, His Love Is So Good." Stanley Lippitt, Lady Bianca's main musical cohort on the record, proves to be a valuable addition, co-writing all the songs as well as arranging all the strings and horns (the latter to best effect on the excellent slow-burn Stax number "How Do I Tell My Little Sister?").

Biography

Born: August 8, 1953 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s

While primarily a blues vocalist, Lady Bianca first earned notice as a session singer on a wide range of projects including recordings from Van Morrison, Frank Zappa and Merle Haggard. Born Bianca Thornton in Kansas City, Missouri on August 8, 1953, she was influenced by gospel as a child and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before lending her contralto to the role of Billie Holiday in an acclaimed production of Jon Hendrick's Evolution of the Blues; in the early '80s, she appeared...
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