"The title track to Venitia Sekema's new CD, Hell on High Heels, is the most frightening foot apparel tune since Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walkin'." Not what you'd expect to be said about performing songwriters these days, but Venitia has gotten used to being the exception to the rule. She has been steadily winning over audiences around the midwest with her straight forward, sometimes funny, always emotionally moving lyrics.
"Hell on High Heels", her second full length album released May 2007, has been met with critical success and radio and internet airplay in the US, Canada and Europe. "Like a cooling thunder storm on a prairie hot day her voice soothes the soul."
The newest CD was named one of the top 30 albums of 2007 by 88.1 WVPE, as did her 1st studio effort, "Lucky Numbers" in 2005. Venitia has worked as a studio vocalist for recording sessions in Nashville, Tennessee, was selected as a Featured Showcase Artist at the 2007 Midwest Regional FA Conference, and private showcased at the 2008 National Folk Alliance in Memphis. She currently is working on her 3rd album, “Boomland”, slated to be released in 2009.
Here's what others are saying:
"Her sound is at once sparse and amazingly full. No more is needed: a ringing acoustic guitar and her sultry voice...that is all I needed to be a fan." Vince DeFarbo, CD Baby
"A solid record that's got spunk and a sense of humor. As for this more soulful vibe, it's a hat or rather, a pair of high heels that she wears well." Karen Rivers, South Bend Tribune.
Sekema tours mostly through the great lakes area, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, but have recently included some of the north and south eastern states. To maintain her local exposure, she hosts a successful open stage at The Livery, a micro brew and concert hall in Benton Harbor Michigan, a favorite stop of many national musicians. She has also been asked to open for many well known and up and coming performers on the international circuit today, such as Jeff Lang, Corinne West, Robin and Linda Williams, Chris Thele, and Carrie Newcommer to name a few.
Venitia is a performer who wants listeners to "feel" her songs. Not one to get boxed in, she doesn’t stick to one genre’ either, most have described her style as “a little bit folk, a little bit blues and a whole lotta soul” It appears, she has set out to dispel the myth about folk music, one song at a time. Whether it's one of her own or her interpretation of one that everyone knows, she digs down deep and serves it up fresh.