S i s t a K e e B i o
Sista Kee lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spreads the Word of God through song. Also known as Kito Gamble, this multi-talented young lady is a pianist, rapper, composer, producer and a singer. Her father, the late Jim Gamble, began giving her piano lessons at the tender age of 3. He and her mother, legendary vocalist Faye Carol, provided a rich musical environment for the young musician to develop her craft. Although she began to make guest appearances to standing room only crowds when she was 10 years young, her music career officially began at the age of 16 - a pianist & composer gaining international recognition in primarily the blues & jazz genres. While performing with Faye Carol and leading her own group, she has also shared the stage with seasoned veterans Albert King, Pharaoh Sanders, Billy Higgins and Bobby Hutcherson, as well as young phenomenal musicians, Brandford Marsalis and Roy Hargrove.
This multi-talented young lady obviously acknowledges her blues & jazz roots in her distinctive, unique sound, as she spreads the Gospel in a style of rapping that is just as original as her piano playing. She is a member of Love Center Ministries, under the tutelage of Bishop Walter Hawkins. Her music has a mass appeal, reaching not only the Kanye West and Kirk Franklin fans, but also the Ray Charles and Miles Davis fans. As a result, she has developed a diverse audience that often includes multiple generations.
Her current debut release entitled REPRESENT, is a ground-breaking album that touches, heals, and soothes the soul. It is a wonderful mixture of all the genres of music she is born of. Determined to create outside of any confinements, Sista Kee wrote and produced the entire album - from the totally live band tracks complete with original horn arrangements, to the hip-hop driven beats with live violin, viola, and cello. The title track features the soulful scat vocals of Faye Carol and the distinct sound of world renowned trombonist Steve Turre. The album also features former 3Xs Crazy member Agerman, and Gospel Comedian J-Red. The music ministry of Sista Kee is sure to inspire and uplift all who experience the joy of her music.
2001 - Present * Pianist, Producer, Rapper, Singer, Composer *
1997 - 2006 * Piano, Songwriting, & Music Theory Teacher *
Private music lessons to various students from diverse backgrounds; children & adults
1998 - 2000 * Teacher *
California Institute of the Arts - Valencia, CA; piano lessons to students while attending the school
Plaza de la Raza - Los Angeles, CA; introduction to jazz piano & ear training
1997 - 2002 * Teacher *
University of California, Berkeley; Young Musicians Program
1989 - 1998 * Pianist, Composer & Bandleader with Faye Carol * Performances Include:
Honolulu Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Town Hall (New York), Yoshi’s, Tours of Germany, Yardbird Suite(Canada), Maxwell’s(Paris, France), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion(Los Angeles), The Paramount Theater , Kimball’s, Denver Museum of Natural History, Paine College (Augusta, Georgia)
REPRESENT (2006) * Let Go & Let God (2004) * Music = Fun With Kee (2001) * YMP Is The Bomb (2000) *
The Flow (1996) * Faye Carol (1992) *