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Can you imagine a black Lucinda Williams? Not like when she plays the blues torn from her first albums, no. A black Lucinda Williams in pop, rhythm, blues and even gender roots Americana. So it sounds, if you can imagine such a hodgepodge somehow, the latest album from this brutal, original, explosive singer.”

— El Descodificador, Vanity Fair


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Things Are Looking Up - Out Now!

Things Are Looking Up
A heady mix of original songs + Lady Day’s lost classics. Listen on Bandcamp! Radio: Lisa Reedy Promotions
Press: Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services
Jo Rae Di Menno, Hard Pressed Publicity Musicians: Queen Esther, vocalist Jeremy Bacon Trio
Jeremy Bacon, piano…

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An Off Broadway Staged Reading for Blackbirding

Blackbirding -- a solo show
written and performed by Queen Esther
directed by Lorna Ventura
produced by Alverneq Lindsay Accompanied by guitarist/banjoist Ayodele Maatheru (Paradise Square, Lackawanna Blues, Shuffle Along), Blackbirding -- a solo show steeped in lost history, ephemera, ghost stories and folklore, storytelling and original…

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Queen Esther is a member of Keychange US Talent and Development Program

Keychange U.S., a charitable non-profit organization working to foster and champion greater gender equity and inclusion within the music industry, has announced the inaugural cohort of its U.S. Talent Development Program. Through this program, Keychange U.S. will provide career development, mentorship, team meet-ups, and career-defining showcase and speaking opportunities to…

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The 2024 Pipeline Festival!

Spring 2024
The WP Theater
2162 Broadway at 76th St.
New York City
Box Office: (929) 458-0636 Launched in 2016, WP’s 5th Biennial Pipeline Festival features the brilliant new voices of the WP Theater Lab cohort. This your chance to be the first to see the…

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Not really a blues album, yet aptly tagged as ‘Black Americana,’ NYC-via-Austin super-side-woman Queen Esther melds roots. pop and R&B in a way that Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow never could on their best days. ”

— Amplifier Magazine


Described as “...the unknown queen of Americana…” (Feedback, Norway), “..a Black Lucinda Williams…” and a “...brutal, original, explosive singer…” (Vanity Fair, Spain), Queen Esther’s creative output musically is the culmination of several critical Southern elements, not the least of which are years of recording and touring internationally as frontwoman for several projects with her mentor, harmolodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer, including a stint in his seminal band Odyssey. Raised in Atlanta, GA and embedded in Charleston, SC’s Lowcountry – a region with African traditions and Black folkways that span centuries and constantly inform her work – Queen Esther uses her Southern roots as a touchstone to explore cultural mores in America, deconstructing well-worn historical narratives while creating a reclamation-driven soundscape.

A member of SAG/AFTRA, Actors Equity, Dramatists Guild and the Recording Academy, her work as a vocalist, lyricist, songwriter, actor, solo performer, playwright and librettist has led to creative collaborations in neo-vaudeville, alt-theater, various alt-rock configurations, (neo) swing bands, trip-hop DJs, spoken word performances, jazz combos, jam bands, various blues configurations, original Off-Broadway plays and musicals, experimental music/art noise and performance art. Thanks to an admin publishing deal with Bug Music (now BMG Rights Management) instigated by the esteemed guitarist/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, Queen Esther started her label EL Recordings. To date, she has   released five critically acclaimed albums, including the internationally lauded Black Americana project Gild The Black Lily (2021).

Recent work includes: one of four artists selected for the 2023 Joe's Pub Working Group; 2023 Western Arts Alliance Performing Artist Discovery program; 2022 - 2024 playwriting residency with the WP Theater that culminated in an Off-Broadway staged reading for a full length play and solo show;  headlining Lincoln Center’s 2022 Summer for the City with her western swing collective The Black Rose of Texas (featuring Queen Esther, Kat Edmonson and Synead Cidney Nichols on vocals, and the legendary Cindy Cashdollar on pedal steel guitar) that was augmented by a performance workshop at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and later that year, a sold out weekend of shows at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola; a grant from The 2022 New York City Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theater for Blackbirding, an alt-country album – written during an All Media Artist Residency at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Currently, Queen Esther is a playwright-in-residence in the 2022 - 2024 WP Theater Pipeline PlayLAB, with a full length play scheduled for an Off Broadway staged reading in April 2024. She is a member of Joe's Pub Working Group, Western Arts Allilance's Performing Artist Discovery program and Keychange US Talent Development Program. Queen Esther's pandemic album Rona (released June 2, 2023) is climbing the folk charts while garnering airplay and reviews worldwide as her 2018 TED Talk about the true origins of country and bluegrass steadily reverberates throughout the Americana community.

Coming in 2024: Things Are Looking Up, a jazz album of original songs and Lady Day's lost classics -- and in 2025, the alt-Americana album Blackbirding.