At four years old she put her act together banging on an old upright piano using a hairbrush as a microphone. Her grandfather’s church in rural Alabama was her first performance venue. By age six, Redd was showcased around the south as “The Little Girl with the Big Voice” with the gospel group The Rising Stars.
When Redd was 17, her mother encouraged her to audition for the Studs Terkel musical ‘Working’. She successfully landed the role of ‘Maggie’ and performed the musical’s show-stopping number “Cleaning Woman”. Redd says,” As soon as the lights went down and the curtain came up on opening night I knew that I couldn’t really live unless there music in my life!”
Redd studied under the guidance of renowned baritone Andrew Gainey of the New York City Opera, and Mildred Allen (internationally renowned mezzo soprano with The Met.) They both encouraged her to pursue a career as a classical vocalist. Redd says “Classical music is beautiful. I am grateful for having learned to appreciate and perform it, but I was haunted by the spirits of soul and blues. There is a feeling that only Soul and Blues can give me. You have to bring that kind of music from further than the diaphragm. It must be delivered from the soul.”
On a dare, she entered a talent contest which led to her being discovered by Beverly Dangerfield of the legendary Clara Ward Singers. It wasn’t long before Redd was performing professionally alongside Beverly Dangerfield!
Redd first recorded professionally as a background singer on the soundtrack of “Max and the Mountain”. As a solo artist she has been an opening act for blues legend Marvin Sease and the Ali Woodson-led Temptations.
The power in Redd’s voice and her commanding stage presence created a buzz that attracted a formidable, regional following in and around her hometown in Alabama. Redd’s voice is now heard around the world. Her fan base extends to Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Redd Velvet wrote 9 of the 10 songs on her debut CD “Womanhood 101”. The CD was released in December 2009 and Redd Velvet is now ready to hit the road with her group ‘Big Daddys Bad Ass Band’ for festivals and events in 2010.