Aretha Franklin. Betty Wright. Ann Peebles. Just a few of the trailblazers who paved the way for not just women in soul but in every genre of music. Their acrobatic vocal stylings and gut wrenching delivery were only bested by those meaningful lyrics—cries for RESPECT or lamenting on how the rain reminds us of those things we wish to forget. These amazing women weaved stories of the beauty—as well as the pain—of womanhood.
Fast forward a few decades, a new resurgence of soul began to spring up globally and Memphis is, once again, a guiding light. The Women of Soul concert is a showcase of the talent that has kept our soulful tradition alive, carrying its torch, and using its fire to ignite new sounds, new legacies. Open your hearts and ears to the new sounds of Memphis Soul in the second installment of the Women of Soul Concert Series as we present Stefanie Bolton, Keia Johnson, Tonya Dyson, and Talibah Safiyah.
About Stefanie Bolton
Stefanie Bolton (from Memphis, Tennessee) is an R&B\jazz singer and songwriter that released her debut album in the 90s. She has performed as a background singer and worked as a songwriter, working with artists such as Angie Stone, Howard Hewett, TLC, Lenny Kravitz, OutKast, Luther Vandross, Lyfe Jennings, Angela Bofill, Anthony Hamilton, Goodie Mob and Marvin SappIn 1996, Stefanie released her debut album “Stefanie” on Bellmark Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.
Two singles were released from the album “Wrap My’celf Around You” and “Why”, but it’s unknown if either of them made any music charts at all. Then, Stefanie has continued to stay active with her music career and currently works as a singer for Edwin Hawkins along with being a cruise entertainer for the Holland American Cruise Line. Most recently, she released a single called “Cling to Me.”
About Keia Johnson
With over a decade of experience in the entertainment field, Keia has made a name for herself as the multifaceted Artist that attacks each opportunity with gusto and her signature smile.
Keia was born in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up all over the world in a military family. Keia listened to a wide range of artists. But it was the move to Memphis that helped her establish her sound and performance style. She has performed with some of the best talent Memphis has to offer, while also building relationships with notable national names like The Bar-Kays and David Porter of Stax Records.
About Tonya Dyson
Memphis is a city known for its deeply spiritual connection to the history of soul music. After all, this is the city where Stax/Volt Records was born and flourished, the home of dozens of highly respected soul music impresarios and a bevy of gospel singers who have charmed audiences around the world for decades. How pleasing, then, to find a new generation of soul music coming to life here in the bluff city in the guise of Tonya Dyson. Tonya Dyson is taking steps towards completing their debut album appropriately title “Finding My Way”, and the current results are a powerhouse of gospel-influenced soul stirrings that are reminiscent of the best songs of people like Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan and Mary J. Blige. Tonya is the real deal in the revival movement and the new soul underground seamlessly blending gospel, jazz, and R&B into a promising attempt to reboot Memphis' soul legacy.
About Talibah Safiya
Talibah Safiya is an independent Soul Artist and a captivating storyteller from Memphis. Using minimal but impactful instrumentation and visually stimulating lyricism Talibah has a way of deeply connecting you to her story and your own.
Since 2011 Talibah has been dropping jewels that have put her on stages Nationwide. She has opened for artists like Bilal, The Pharcyde and Cedric Burnside. Her 2017 feature with Brother KAMAU was recognized by the FADER, Pigeons and Planes and others. Soon after, Talibah released her noted single "Middle Of The Night." Since then, she has been consistently dropping engaging visuals and that you can’t help but watch over and over again.
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The safety of our patrons, performers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. Under the guidance of the Shelby County Health Department, we have put in place important procedures and practices, including social distancing, face coverings, and limited capacity, that will be enforced at this event. Please review these carefully at orpheum-memphis.com/covid19 before purchasing your tickets and arriving at the venue. Thank you for supporting the Orpheum Theatre Group and for helping to keep each other healthy and safe.