Underappreciated Musician of Color #26: Tamara Wellons

I only recently discovered this goddess, so bear with me.  From the official site for Tamara Wellons:
"It has been said that your voice can take you places. For Metropolitan based singer/songwriter Tamara Wellons, her powerful and graceful vocals have taken her everywhere from her hometown church in Ivor, Virginia to smoke filled stages in London.

Tamara’s eclectic and addictive blend of soul, jazz and house is a fresh, flavorful and classic contribution to the global soul community.

...Tamara’s music reflects that of a passionate artist. While growing up in Virginia, Tamara was known as the “little girl with the big voice.” Singing was only natural for the granddaughter of the legendary gospel group The Pritchett Sisters. While studying at Bowie State University, Tamara immersed herself into the sounds of eclectic jazz and soul music as well as, her school’s jazz ensemble. And even today, she’s known to add a little Nancy Wilson or Ella Fitzgerald to her set. Tamara can flow flawlessly from an acapella to an acoustic accompaniment to a full band.

Though Wellons’ musical foundation lies in gospel and jazz, she’s an artist who appreciates all genres and is known for bending them her way."
No kidding.

I first learned about her when the lil sis showed me Tamara's cover of Nirvana's immortal "Smells Like Teen Spirit":


  1. BlackPeopleSufferFromPTSD2/7/11, 9:49 PM

    Really like her version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".


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