queen AaMinah*- Biography
From the USA to Australia...Massachusetts to Morocco...Harlem to Helsinki...This queen has performed both lead and background vocals to thousands of concert-goers worldwide. Her debut album "LOVE REIGNS" may crown her "Progressive SOUL's" new golden lady!
Singing and performing from a place that only true musician artists come from, queen AaMinah*, born Kimberly Hassell, was raised in St. Albans, queens, New York. Very early in her life, her very supportive parents realized they had a daughter who loved the stage, so they enrolled her in dancing school, piano lessons, and she joined her church choir. Before she turned 10, she had produced several shows (with the help of her family) to raise money for sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, and diabetes. During her high school years, her passion for the arts led to tour performances on many other circuits including Doo-Wop, and Broadway Musical remakes in the Caribbean.
While attending Lincoln University in PA., queen AaMinah* studied all facets of performing arts and music. This "opera turned Jazz" vocalist is also well-versed in R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical and Alternative music. Her dancing and choreography training excelled as well, as she became one of the leaders of the University Dance Company, as well as the University Theatre Ensemble. It was of no
Surprise to her professors when she became the second person to be chosen as lead vocalist for the school's renowned Jazz Quintet in the previous ten years. In the words of the Lincoln University graduate, "College not only enhanced my gifts, it taught me how to think and how to work harmoniously with others. The total experience was priceless, and yeah, the Greek-Week functions were 'the bomb!'"
In recent years, queen AaMinah* has established herself ("by the Grace of God" she admits) as a Singer/Songwriter, Producer and Choreographer. She has toured the world with top recording artists such as Mary J. Blige-MCA, Amel Larrieux-The Bliss Group/Pacific East, Sharissa-Motown, Remy Shand-Motown, Groove Theory-SONY/Epic, Julie Dexter and the opening band for the Dave Matthews Band tour, Robin Andre'-RCA. She was the featured female vocalist with The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra
(BRC) on the "sold out" Finland tour highlighting music from the "Blaxploitation" film era. The BRC is well known for paying tribute to various African-American and Latino artists through modern history. queen AaMinah* continues to be a BRC featured vocalist along with the likes of Sandra St.Victor, Bilal, Kelli Sae, and Nona Hendryx of "LaBelle" Having achieved so much already, she is both prepared and continuing to look forward to a successful performing and recording career.
Often compared to artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, India Arie, and the late, great Sarah Vaughn, queen AaMinah*s co-produced project with producer Lionel Sanchez, Jr., entitled "LOVE REIGNS" has enabled her to finally be "free" in the music. She also feels quite blessed to have had so many talented producers, musical directors, and musicians perform on this project, including her live band she's named THE REIGN. "They all let me do my thing and they respect my abilities more than many other musicians I've worked with before" she says. "It's not easy being a female in this male-oriented business", but this dame's got game.
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