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Alicia Olatuja loves to tell stories about life and the many ways that time impacts all of us—something she explored thoroughly on her debut album, Timeless. Listening to those recordings or watching her perform, it’s easy to see why The New York Times deemed her, “A singer with strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage.”
Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Alicia grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz, and classical. These influences have informed her artistic journey, and have made a significant impact on her sound, as she blends them together to create a style that is refined and classic, yet still completely unto itself. A graduate of the esteemed Manhattan School of Music, where she received a master’s degree in classical voice and opera, Olatuja appeared in numerous operatic and musical theater productions. However, she soon started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts, working with Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, and Christian McBride.
Everything changed for Alicia in 2013. Performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s Second Inauguration, she burst into the national spotlight with her stirring rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Since then, she’s assembled her own jazz ensemble and continued astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and captivating demeanor.
In 2014, Alicia was requested by the acclaimed composer/arranger/pianist Billy Childs to be brought on as a part of the touring incarnation of Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, alongside vocalist Becca Stevens. This project involved an extensive nationwide tour for the 2015-16 season in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, New York, and Boston.
Her voice has also entranced the legendary Hammond B3 organist, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and she has recently performed with him at multiple events including the Charlie Parker Festival and the BRIC JazzFest. Alicia’s own band has been steadily in demand and has performed at the Jazz Standard, Rockport Jazz Festival, and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, to name a few.
We are very excited to have Alicia Olatuja take part in our UpStage performance series, where we will be transforming the main stage of the Phillips Center into an intimate jazz club oasis. You’ll get the feeling that you’ve just stumbled across the best-kept-secret jazz club in NYC, with an evening you’ll be bragging about for quite some time.
About UpStage at the Phillips Center Performances:
UpStage brings performers and audiences literally onto the Phillips Center Main Stage; you enter through the Phillips Center lobby and walk through the theater directly onto the stage. We transform our stage into a jazz club atmosphere with tables, chairs, appetizers, and a cash bar.