This debut solo CD from Andrea Baker features a selection of songs from the show Sing Sistah Sing! a celebration of the sound and extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice and a heartfelt retelling of some of their most incredible life stories. Artists honoured in Sing Sistah Sing! include Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and the great Billie Holiday. Andrea is joined by the highly acclaimed pianist Richard Lewis.
Sing Sistah Sing! has been performed internationally to great critical acclaim. This CD, recorded in Edinburgh at Stockbridge Parish Church, is a selection of excerpts from the show. It is the ideal opportunity to experience these two great artist in a completely new artistic format performing an astoundingly wide range of musical styles. Whether these celebrated singers chose opera, jazz or blues to express their inner truth, the heart of the Sing Sistah Sing! story is that all of us, as African American women, carry in our souls and voices the sounds of our ancestors’ songs of the plantation.
Andrea Baker herself an artistic trailblazer, made her operatic debut at San Francisco Opera in 1994. She has appeared at many of the worlds’ greatest opera houses and arts festivals including Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Munich National Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Salzburg Easter Festival, Aix en Provence Festival, Beijing Arts Festival, BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival. Her collaborations with internationally recognised conductors includes Sir Simon Rattle, Richard Hickox, Valery Gergiev, Zuben Mehta, Anthony Pappano and Donald Runnicles.