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Monday, March 18, 2013

Patrice Moncell

A vocalist of enormous God-given talent and profound skill and delivery, Patrice Moncell is a super sonic force of Blues, Soul, Gospel, and Jazz . From Ma Rainey to Bessie Smith, from Etta James to Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson to Yolanda Adams, Billie Holiday to Nancy Wilson and beyond, Patrice sings every note with such emotional intensity that you will believe she has lived every line. Take a listen and let Patrice take you on a musical journey filled with joy, pain, triumph, celebration, rhythm, soul, and rocking blues. Born In Meridian, Mississippi, Patrice has done her home town and home state proud. In The Classical idiom she sang alto with the New England Vocal Ensemble at their Carnegie Hall presentation of The Mozart Requiem and Bethoven's Mass in C major with The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. She was twice honored as female vocalist of the year by the Jackson Music Awards and will be celebrated as Mississippi's Rhythm and Blues Diva at this year's award ceremony held in Jackson, Mississippi on July 15, 2002. The vocal artistry of Patrice can be heard on her debut release "Woman Enough" and on Grammy Award-winning jazz legend Casandra Wilson's new "Belly of the Sun" release on Blue Note/Capitol Records, where Patrice sings in both English and Portuguese. International tours have taken Ms Moncell to Italy, Spain, Germany, Sicily and Switzerland where she brought the spirit down and the audiences to their feet while performing with the world-renowned Roots Gospel Voices Of Mississippi. Patrice has also caught the eye and ear of Hollywood. She played the character May Wilkins in the film "Stop Breakin' Down", the life of blues legend Robert Johnson, and she is featured in the Starz encore Network's documentary, "The Last Of The Mississippi Jukes." A voice of majestic beauty, power and soul; a personality that is as bright and warm as the Mississippi noonday sun; a charisma, stage presence, and magnetism that dazzles, excites and compels an audience to leave their worries behind and have a great time... This is the gift of Patrice Moncell. ...

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