Sista Monica & Her All-Star Band with Lorraine Gervais & the Burning Sensations are coming to the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley on Saturday March 5 at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and their music is soul, blues, gospel along with a dance party!
In 2001, she released her first gospel album, Gimme That Old Time Religion, an artistic full circle for her, as she returned to the gospel roots of her youth. That same year, she released Live in Europe, which captures the spirit and energy of her live performances with her touring band. It was on tour in Europe in the late ’90s that she first got the moniker “the Blues Lioness.” In 2002, she was presented with the Blues Artist of the Year award at the 17th annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival. After completing a 17-concert tour of the Netherlands in late 2002, she discovered a lump under her right arm and later found out it was a rare and severe form of cancer, synovial sarcoma. Parker underwent more than a year of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and physical therapy, always affirming herself and holding onto her faith in God and her will to live.
In 2004, she re-emerged on the scene and recorded an album of soul and jazz standards popularized by Ray Charles and Dinah Washington, Love, Soul & Spirit, Vol. 1. Her latest release, Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down!, showcases her abilities as a blues and classic R&B vocalist, but also includes some well-chosen covers, including Willie Nelson’s Funny How Time Slips Away and Sam Cooke’s A Change Gonna Come. Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down! reflects her new perspective on life, reaffirms her faith in God, and casts new meaning on the healing powers of blues and gospel music. Not only is she one of today’s most powerful singers of blues, gospel, classic R&B, and soul, she’s also a cancer survivor. As of late 2008 and early 2009, Parker continues to tour around the U.S. and parts of Europe.
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