BLUES - JAZZ - R & B SINGER - Ms. Blu™ is a connoisseur of Old School Blues and R&B and Jazz. She has written, produced and performed what she calls "The Blusical City.” In this production Ms. Blu™ sings a variety of songs of various genres and tells stories of her life experiences as an entertainer. This wonderful piece of "Blusical" theater is especially designed not only to entertain but also to enlighten the young and old alike.
SONGWRITER - Ms. Blu™ is a prolific songwriter/producer and is currently writing her memoirs about her many experiences, both great and infamous in the entertainment industry (such as being the opening act for Marvin Gaye at Chicago's world-famous Aragon Ballroom) as well as writing the music and lyrics for her soon to be released CD, in June of this year. "Today (Can You Spare Some Change)" was inspired by an incident at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in New York. She observed what she says looked like a nice middle-class women begging for change with a cup. This was clear that something awful was and had occurred in our economy that produced poverty for a new class of people. This also reminded her of Marvin Gaye's song, "What's Goin' On." The chorus of this song, "Can You Spare Some Change," or the "chant" as Ms. Blu™ calls it, is a desire to put in our consciousness that "change and justice for all" is needed all around the world!
ENTERTAINER - Ms. Blu™ is a passionate and lively entertainer who surprises not only her audience when she sings a song but also the musicians. She and the band may have rehearsed a tune one way, but when it's time to perform, she may feel something altogether different, and Ms. Blu™ will "go with the flow." No matter where or how it goes, Ms. Blu™, the musicians and the audience will always land safely and musically satisfied together.
STORYTELLER and HUMORIST - Ms. Blu™ was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, the home of the late and great Richard Pryor. She and Richard Pryor shared the same mentor, Juliet Whitaker. Richard Pryor influenced Ms. Blu™'s sense of timing and the pointed content of her material. Moms Mabley influenced Ms. Blu™ in much the same way, from a woman's point of view.
POLITICAL - Ms. Blu™ started "freedom marching" in the early 60's and was the leader of the local NAACP youth group in Peoria. She participated in "sit-ins," “pray-ins” and marches that sometimes lead to arrest and jail. All of this is a big part of her love and respect for what it takes to accomplish change. Ms. Blu™ participated in the March on Washington in 1963 and heard Dr. Martin Luther King deliver his "I Have A Dream" speech. That day changed her life forever! She has been dreaming and believing of a better world every since.