Young in 1982
|Birth name||Zora Young|
January 21, 1948 |
West Point, Mississippi, United States
|Years active||Late 1960s-present|
Young's family moved to Chicago when she was seven. She began singing gospel music at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church. 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.
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.
In 2014, she was nominated for a Blues Music Awardin the category Traditional Blues Female (the Koko Taylor Award).
- 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)