Grammy-nominated singer, Kate Hart created “Detroit Women” based on the successful group “Seattle Women.” Seattle Women were pulled together for one show in Seattle and still going strong 18 years later. Kate has returned to Detroit and formed this all-star revue with the top women singers in the Metro-Detroit area.
Put together especially for festivals corporate and special events, the women are all lead-vocalists on stage, singing together all of the time. Each of the five to eight women dance and sing several songs while the other women provide back-up vocals. They are backed-up by a four piece band who have appeared and toured with everyone from to Meatloaf to Kenny Loggins to Delbert McClinton to Bob Seger to Roy Orbison to Hall and Oates.
Collectively the women in this group have been nominated and/or the recipients for over fifty-regional/international music awards and featured on over 300 recordings.
AND THE WOMEN ARE
The main attraction is Kate’s lung power, which blasts out every number with impressive authorityGeoffrey Hines, The Washington Post
In 1990 Kate signed with the prestigious label, Biograph Records, and released her first album. She signed a management agreement with Dick Waterman (Who directed such notables as Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Son House). She has been nominated for over fifteen awards, including the GRAMMY award for “Best Blues Recording”, four WC Handy Blues Awards, two NAMA awards, recipient of four Washington State Blues Awards and nominated this year for five Detroit Music Awards. In 1995 Kate received the King County Women’s Leadership Award. In addition to creating and producing Seattle Women/Detroit Women in R&B she has appeared with Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Leon Russell, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Wells, Savoy Brown, Lydia Pense, Booker T and the MG’s, Queen Ida, Dorothy Moore, Phillip Walker, Big Time Sarah, and Terrence Simien.
"Valerie is a wonderful singer."Gladys Knight
The “Queen of Funk” has received six Detroit Music Awards while fronting the Steve Sommers Band. Valerie has toured the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada. While in Japan, Valerie was featured at Clubs PePelomoco and ViVi. Returning to the Detroit area, Ms. Barrymore has been a favorite at festivals, clubs and state fairs. She has appeared with Betty Lavette, Midnight Star, The Contours, The Ojays, Morris Day & the Time and Gladys Knight. Born and raised in Detroit, she attended Michigan Christian College, where she was often chosen as a featured vocalist.
“GREAT...” .Jenny Jones
This award winning 16 year old’s background already includes 13 theatrical productions and international performances. She is the featured artist for the Diabetes Association and was the winner of Apollo Night, The Kiwanis Music Festival, The Canadian and the Composers Trophy. Ms. Papillo has received scholarships in theater and music. In addition, she has been featured singing the National Anthem for various sports events. The recipient of several 2004 Detroit Music Awards, Elena is in negotiations for management with Elton John collaborator and legendary Motown producer, Steve Trudell.
“Stacia’s voice quality is astounding.”Blues Review
Stacia has just released her third CD once again garnering international acclaim. Other honors include being a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. She has been featured on Carey Carlson’s “Over Easy”. Stacia has won numerous awards in songwriting which include top honors in the 1996 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, as well as honors in numerous national competitions. The last two years Stacia was nominated for over six Detroit Music Awards. She has just finished touring and fronting High Flying Bird.
“You can go all the way.”.Alberta Adams
“Girl, you are a mess the way you sing about that man ‘bein all up in there.”.KoKo Taylor
Born and raised in Helena, Arkansas the home of the King Biscut Blues Festival, Lady T (alias Dirty Old Woman, Bo Hawk Grind Lady, Detroit Lady Cobra of the Blues) began her career singing in the First Baptist Church. Lady T has performed at the African American Festival and the Montreaux Jazz Festival with Bobby Blue Bland, Robert Penn Blues Band, Willie D. Warren, Danny Blue, (Motown greats) Joe Hunter, Rudy Robinson, (her godmother) Alberta Adams, Pricilla Price, The Pocket Band, The Hasting Street Blues Band and the Curtis Sumpter Project. Recently Lady was nominated for several Detroit Music Awards including “Best R&B/Blues Vocalist”.
“For the style she sings in, no one is better than Kathi McDonald.”Elton John
Kathi has sung on over three hundred and fifty gold/platinum albums. Ms. McDonald was an Ikette for Tina Turner and took Janis Joplin’s place in Big Brother & the Holding Company. She has sung with Willie Dixon, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Elton John, Joe Cocker (Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour), The Rolling Stones, The Who, Leon Russell, Santana, Sly Stone, Tower of Power, The Pointer Sisters, Robert Cray, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Brian Auger, The Doobie Brothers and Nils Lofgren to name a few. “Mac” has been honored several times with “Best Female Blue Vocalist” by the Washington Blues Society. Currently, Ms. McDonald’s is working with rock luminary Nick Gravinites and Long John Baldry.
“She can make you laugh with her saucy attitude and then two seconds later make you cry with heartfelt moaning from the soul.Rhonda is one of the most natural talents I have ever come across.”Joe Veler, Joe Records
Rhonda’s career has spanned across storytelling, acting, public speaking, dance and singing. She has been featured in “For Colored Girls”, “The Wiz”, “The Colored Museum”, “Zoo Man and the Sign”, “Inhlanzi Ishelwe Amanzi”, “Avenue X: The a cappella”, and “River Dreams”. Her emphasis has been to combine music with other art forms creating new and exciting projects. Rhonda is currently in the blues musical “We Are Not Good Girls” and is the newest member to Detroit Women in R&B. She too has been nominated for several Detroit Music Awards.
"There are no labels to define the music as she performs it. She can take a classical phrase and whip an R&B riff on it. You know it was some real sangin’ but you can’t name it or pigeon hole it. It just is!"...Giselle Caver, The Real Scoop Magazine
She has performed all over the world including Africa. Live shows have included Sugar Ray Leonard Roast in Los Angeles, theatrical production "Beehive", several Detroit Montreaux Jazz Festivals with Wendell Harrison's Lickin' Stick Band and Italy's Toty Viola, featured with Ras Kente and The Take No Prisoners Posse at the Bob Marley Festival, She - Funk member of Parlet and The Brides of Funkenstein, Children's Theatre Group production "Babes Alive". Also, Detroit Institute of Art's live CD, released, 2001, "Nomads-Unity Live"! as well as vocalist at various Caribe, Reggae & African World Festivals around the globe. She has appeared with Kokayi, Azymuth (Brazil), Ms. Diane Reeves, Ms. Abbey Lincoln, Susan Hadjopoulos, Kareem Baaqui Group, The Big Picture Band, The Daniel Warren Band, Sting, Stihiem Band, Tim King and Song Kings, Motown's Finis Henderson (toured with Richard Pryor in 1983), Richard Marx, Eddie Money, The Glenn Family (Garry Glenn writer for Anita Baker), backing vocals for Teena Marie, Carly Simon and Cyndi Lauper. Currently she is singing with King Sweat and Distorted Soul.
"Terrie Lea is going to shock the world." ...Martha Reeves, Motown Artist
The Texas blues singer brings her countrified sound to the Women's show. Terrie grew up singing with her father who played rhythm guitar with Ferlin Husky, The Statler Brothers, Skeeter Davis and Buck Owens. She continued singing at festivals and regional dates. Through a chain of events, Terrie connected with Motown's legendary producer, Clay McMurray. This led her to recording with Loretta Lynn's band and singing at the Smokey Mountain Jubilee in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. She continues working with legendary writer/producer Charlie Craig and working with her own band Terrie Lea and the Wild Mustangs. She is the 2004 recipient of the Detroit Music Award for best country singer.
THE REVIEWS ARE COMING IN....
"Good Stuff! ...will be spinning it this coming weekend. Thanks for the music".. Jim Johnson, Program Manager, KGOU Public Radio, Oklahoma
"I plan to utilize the best tracks in my Blues course at SUNY Fredonia, and if I ever get my Women In Music course approved, it will be there as well. I'll also bring it to the attention of the Blues
Director at WCVF-FM"... Professor Tom Bingham, School of Music, SUNY Fredonia
"Wanted to let you know that I received the disc's you sent & say thanks for doing so. I played "Good Rockin Daddy"... I thought that was only fitting. There is another program, here at KPFT that I'm going to make sure has a copy for airplay. They have a women's segment so I know they would love the opportunity to give it a spin. Thanks again for giving me the chance to share your wonderful music with my listeners. The project exudes "Sassitude". More spins to follow ...Now the question is, when are you going to make your way to Houston?"...The Blues Hound, KPFT Houston, Texas
"These Detroit Women have some serious attitude and it translates into a great CD. There is a lot of talent here. I thoroughly enjoyed every song. Kudos for the band, Motor City Express. Great stuff, really great stuff..." Tom Robinson, President, Mack Avenue Records.
"WOW!"... Terry Porter, President, Flat Rock Records
"Thanks for the CD. It's wonderful. Great energy, music and singing"...Henry Prokop, HONKY TONK BLUES 101.1FM Brisbane, Australia
"I picked up your CD at the post office on Thursday and have been listening ever since... I was somewhat skeptical. But this is amazing. It is like the Detroit Women are 7 or 8 Bonnie and Bekka Bramletts all in one group. Real singers! Go figure. It's a wonderful sound. It is the sound that I have been looking forward to hearing again after all of these years, though I really never expected the opportunity... I'm so impressed. Glad you are out there doing it...what I love in both lead and background female vocals. I have been listening for this sound since Mad Dogs & Englishmen. I am happy to have found you. Great joy!"...Blues Evolution
" I received your Detroit 'HOT' Women CD yesterday in the mail...Thank you...It's wonderful...we now play regularly on Cruizin’ for a Bluezinthanks so much for the quality music!"... Jayme Hanjin, Rhythmenblues Radio, West Australia
"Joyous, uplifting, confident and earthy...A connection between sound and spirit. Detroit Women not only showcases outstanding vocal and songwriting abilities, it proves that great soul comes straight from the heart. Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith!"...Kindra Wentworth, Music Critic, The Stranger
“Great CD, by the way...it rattled my cage”...Ken Brandes, Producer, Epicure Music Festival
“ I listened to your disc more than once. It is fantastic! I can't wait to see the live show”Scott West, Producer, A Fine Mess
"Every time I play a cut from "Rattle Your Cage" on my show, the phones light up. Detroit Women and their new band know how to stir it up on my show!"Jim Jeffries "The Ole Hoot Owl", Big Country Over America network
“Boy, I am really looking forward to this promotion! Detroit Women are really good!”SheheShe Music, Radio Promotions
“Yup, got it, played it, will be playing it more, and yes, yes, would be interested in the new CD whenever works for you!!!thanks for making music!”Susanne Millsaps, Thursday Breakfast Jam, KRCL 90.9FM, Salt Lake City
“Eight of Detroit’s hottest divas, backed by a powerhouse band. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: They belt out the blues served with a three-fingered shot of funk, jazz and gospel.the women have conquered Michigan’s summer festivals and wowing audiences and criticsThe Mirror, Ken Marten
“Debuting at Memphis Smoke last spring, the Women have since conquered Michigan’s summer music festivals and better nightclubs, wowing audiences and critics”The Mirror.
“Your groups appearance at the 2004 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz festival has people beggin' for more”Bruce Hutchinson, Producer
“Your CD could not have arrived at a better time.... I had a horrible day and came home to find the CD in the mail. I immediately kicked off my shoes, turned on the music - and in about 2 minutes had a HUGE smile on my face! It got even bigger when I heard Rhonda sing - especially the second trackyou sound AMAZINGI am playing it for everyone I know. I think you guys sound great and I look forward to hearing you live in Rome. I am also keeping my eyes/ears open to see if I can help at all in the UK market. Thanks again for sharing the CDI absolutely love itMarla Shapiro, United Kingdom Collecting society, Publishers of Original Music
“Detroit Women ‘took me to church’ last night with a great new CD. Not only are they all vocal power houses, but the band backup was greatthe guitar player knows exactly what to play.right in the pocket.Great work!”Rob Moitoza, Bassist for Sons of Champlin, Cold Blood, Holly Near, Spencer Davis, Jerry Miller, Sam Andrew, Kiki Dee, Tim Weisberg, David Lanz, Harvey Mason, Brian Auger, Sugarloaf, Tower of Power, Tom Scott, Victor Feldman.