Zora Young

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Zora Young
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Young in 1982
Background information
Birth name Zora Young
Born (1948-01-21) January 21, 1948 (age 68)
West Point, Mississippi, United States
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active Late 1960s-present
Labels Delmark
Deluge
Airway
Website www.ZoraYoungMusic.com
Young in 2007
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Zora Young (born January 21, 1948, West Point, Mississippi)[1] is an American blues singer. She is distantly related to Howlin' Wolf.[2]

Young's family moved to Chicago when she was seven. She began singing gospel music at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church.[1] As an adult she began singing blues and R&B. Over the course of her career, she has performed with Junior Wells, Jimmy Dawkins, Bobby Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Professor Eddie Lusk, and B. B. King. Among those she has collaborated with on record are Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Mississippi Heat, Paul DeLay, and Maurice John Vaughan.[1]

In 1982, she toured Europe with Bonnie Lee and Big Time Sarah, billed as "Blues with the Girls", and recorded an album in Paris. She was later cast in the role of Bessie Smith in the stage show The Heart of the Blues. By 1991 she had recorded the album, Travelin' Light, with the Canadian guitarist Colin Linden.[2]

Young has toured Europe more than thirty times and has made appearances in Turkey and Taiwan. She was the featured performer at the Chicago Blues Festival six times.[1]

In 2014, she was nominated for a Blues Music Awardin the category Traditional Blues Female (the Koko Taylor Award).[3]

Discography[edit]

  • Travelin' Light (Deluge Records, 1991)
  • Learned My Lesson (Delmark Records, 2000)
  • Tore Up from the Floor Up (Delmark, 2005)
  • Sunnyland (Airway, 2009)
  • The French Connection (Delmark, 2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Linda Seida (1948-01-21). "Zora Young | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 195. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Blues.about.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16.