580 – Queen Esther



award-winning vocalist, songwriter, librettist, playwright, actor and recording artist. “Big Al” Gilhausen introduced her to the legendary Hubert Sumlin. Because of his influence, she lost herself in the blues and found her way back to her country gospel roots. This, along with a childhood of free-form radio, a steady diet of Hee-Haw, The Lawrence Welk Show and Soul Train – and the overwhelming presence of the rural sanctified black church with sacred steel – solidified her Black Americana sound.