RAVENSCROFT JAZZ SERIES – Alicia Olatuja
With her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor, Alicia Olatuja has astounded audiences for more than a decade. She burst onto the national scene in 2013 as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
While growing up in St. Louis, she was immersed in gospel, soul, jazz and classical. She graduated with a Master’s in Classical Voice/Opera from Manhattan School of Music but began appearing in gospel and jazz concerts with the likes of Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride. Composer/arranger/pianist Billy Childs brought her on to be part of “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro” on a nationwide tour.
Olatuja assembled her own jazz-based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless in 2014. Her band has been in demand since, playing the top venues and jazz festivals in the U.S.