Church and Music Education: Lady A
For some, music education begins in school. For others, it begins outside of school with family and religious institutions. Such is the case for Puget Sound artist, The Real Lady A.
Lady A, who is considered “the hardest workin’ woman in blues, soul, funk and gospel” began her music career singing in the children’s choir at five years-old. Later, teaching King County elementary school students during the Covid pandemic caused her to reflect on her upbringing accented by jazz, gospel, soul, and blues. In fact, her family introduced her to all types of music, but gospel was the most influential of all for Lady A.
She explains she was taught by the “best choir directors and music mothers of [her church]” including her mother, Florence Johnson, and musical director at the Greater Mt Baker Baptist Church, Sister Loretta Witt.
Gospel music has guided her throughout her career, both personally and professionally. She says it’s the lyrics that first grab her attention: if they tell a compelling story, Lady A immediately gravitates to their songs.
She will be performing in Washington just prior to an international tour in Sweden and France. You can catch Lady A on September 23rd at Egan’s Ballard Jam House at 7pm and on October 5th at the Meiter Brewing Company.