Shirley King

Speaking with blues royalty

 Interview by Michael Oshust ~ June 15, 2020

Photo Source: Lappen Entertainment

Photo Source: Lappen Entertainment

The daughter of the legendary B.B. King, vocalist Shirley King carried on the family tradition with the gift of her beautiful voice.

Born and raised in West Memphis, Arkansas, Shirley began singing in the church choir at age nine. When she was thirteen, she met another music legend – Etta James. Shirley was so impressed by Etta’s performance that she made Etta her musical role model. Ruth Brown and the late Mahalia Jackson also greatly influenced the fledgling singer.

 

Shirley says, “I grew up around the stage watching my dad become famous, but I never imagined I’d become a blues singer too." 

Shirley King made a point, not to coattail her father or the association of being the daughter of B.B. King.

 

In 1999, Shirley released her highly acclaimed blues album, “Daughter of the Blues,” which featured her soulful, bluesy versions of classics like Wang Dang Doodle, Sweet Home Chicago, Every Day I Have the Blues and, fittingly, The Thrill is Gone.

From traditional blues to gospel to funky R&B to smooth soul, Shirley defies genre and her singing and stage antics never fail to excite her growing number of fans worldwide. Shirley also believes in giving back. She has also worked with kids as an artist-in-residence with the highly acclaimed Urban Gateways Arts in the Schools Program at Chicago Public Schools and continues to expose school children to the history blues has played in American culture.
 

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Shirley King has a new studio album with a "who's who" of special guests including Joe Louis Walker, Robben Ford, Elvin Bishop, Junior Wells, Pat Travers, Steve Cropper, Martin Barre, Harvey Mandel and others! Similar to how her dad worked with different artists, such as Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, U2 and more, Shirley has done so on her new album.

 

An album of diverse songs that Shirley puts her touch on each song showcasing her soulful voice on each track with hints of Etta James coming through. Even next to such great guests, she has brought to the table her own sound and style with her take on such blues classics.

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“I’m so thrilled that these great artists lent their amazing talents to my new album. I can’t thank them enough for believing in me. I’m so proud of this album and can’t wait for the world to hear it. I feel it’s my best work yet,”

Shirley King is finally getting the attention and recognition she so richly deserves. This album is an enjoyable album from end-to-end.

Track List:
1. All Of My Lovin’ feat. Joe Louis Walker
2. Feelin’ Alright feat. Duke Robillard
3. I Did You Wrong feat. Elvin Bishop
4. That’s All Right Mama feat. Pat Travers
5. Can’t Find My Way Home feat. Martin Barre
6. Johnny Porter feat. Arthur Adams
7. Feeling Good feat. Robben Ford
8. Give It All Up feat. Kirk Fletcher
9. Gallows Pole feat. Harvey Mandel
10. Hoodoo Man Blues feat. Junior Wells & Joe Louis Walker
11. At Last feat. Steve Cropper

     

      out of five

 

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This soulful piece of art will be available on both CD and vinyl starting June 19, 2020, from Cleopatra Blues, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records, Inc. and all other music retailers such as iTunes.

To purchase the album: https://orcd.co/shirley-king

Shirley King Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shirley.king.102

 

Special thank you to Shirley King and Lappen Entertainment.

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