From the bottoms of Cordele down in dusty South Georgia to the dirty streets of the beloved "SWATs" of the ATL, the "Queen of Neo Funk" has emerged. The voice has been called phenomenal and the sound delivers what has been touted as a much-needed "break from the radio."
Growing up a stone's throw from the train tracks, Sweet Pea's early life was filled with rhythm and vibration. Everywhere she walked through her hometown, she could hear steam billowing, horns blowing, and wheels moving as the large rail cars rolled through various parts of town carrying peanuts, pecans, peaches, watermelons, and other agriculture to various cities across the US. Being the granddaughter of a sharecropper and the baby daughter of an estranged wife with limited education yielded an upbringing poor of material possessions but rich of character.
Of course, she sang in the church choir. She also sang in the school chorus and played flute in the middle school concert band; however, she was forbidden from playing with the high school marching band by the leaders of her church due to its secular practices. Sweet Pea couldn't wait to leave the country and all of its traditions, so she skipped the twelfth grade and headed north to enter college early. From the bottoms of Cordele to the Big City of ATL Sweet Pea went.
The background is written to illustrate how the intrigue of and attraction to modern music unfolded. Sweet Pea found "Funk" to be a mixture of all the interesting styles of singing and playing music that she had experienced in life. Funk is the music that moved her to experience all emotions and embrace what makes her happy and alive as an individual. Filled with plenty hopes and dreams, Sweet Pea continues to make them a reality. She loves music, singing, and writing. She states, "From the moment I place my feet on the floor till the chance to lay my head down on my pillow, I ponder over the sound of music. I want the world to sing along with me. Let us all enter into His presence with singing."
Sweet Pea is a gifted singer and a talented songwriter with a knack for making a dire situation seem not so bad after all. Her story is one of servitude. Let Sweet Pea entertain you and as you listen, allow your mind to fly free of mental restraint.
"I came from the bottoms. I grew up next to the train tracks, down in South Georgia; and, I can still hear those trains as they're rolling through. It sounds like the tick of the clock. Yeah, that's my time."
-- Sweet Pea