Born Ruth Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in August 1924, Dinah Washington moved to Chicago’s South Side when she was three or four. Her mother played piano at St. Luke’s Baptist Church, passing along her keyboard prowess to her young offspring. Spirituals comprised much of her initial focus; she ho
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American soul singer. Redding was born in the small town of Dawson, Georgia. When he was 5, his family moved to Macon, Georgia. Redding sang in the choir at church, and as a teenager won the talent show at the Douglass Theatre for 15 weeks in a row. His early influences w
I am a lover of Hip Hop, R'n'B, Rock and film music. I am a musician/music journalist and I have been hugely influened by those types of musical styles. I've five years experience singing live and I've also been composing my own stuff too. I play piano but I'm not nearly as good as I want to be!