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Interviewing The Legends, 04/08/2020

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Shirley King Blues/R&B singer and daughter of blues legend B.B.King Exclusive!

Born and raised in West Memphis, Arkansas, Shirley began singing in the church choir at age nine. When she was thirteen, she met another music legend – Etta James. 

Young Shirley was so impressed by Etta’s performance that she made Etta her musical role model. Ruth Brown and the late Mahalia Jackson also greatly influenced the fledge-ling singer.

 

 Purchase the brand-new release

 by

S H  I R L E Y   K I N G

entitled

BLUES FOR A KING

(5) STARS

Available at amazon.com

You can also purchase

Shirley King’s Memoir

Love Is King:

B. B. King’s Daughter Fights to Preserve Her Father’s Legacy Paperback – April 29, 2017

by Shirley King (Author), Dave Smitherman (Author)

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Shirley King

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Shirley King Facebook page:

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B.B. King official website:

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Guest, Shirley King

Guest Name
Shirley King
Guest Occupation
Blues Singer and Daughter of Legend B.B.King
Guest Biography

S  H  I  R  L  E  Y   K  I  N  G

REVERED SINGER

DAUGHTER OF LEGENDARY BLUES ICON

B. B. K I N G

NEW RELEASE WITH ALL-STAR CAST OF MUSICIANS

'B L U E S  F O R  A  K I N G'

 

Born and raised in West Memphis, Arkansas, Shirley began singing in the church choir at age nine. When she was thirteen, she met another music legend – Etta James. 

Young Shirley was so impressed by Etta’s performance that she made Etta her musical role model. Ruth Brown and the late Mahalia Jackson also greatly influenced the fledgling singer.
Shirley says, “I grew up around the stage watching my dad become famous, but I never imagined I’d become a blues singer too.” 

Ms. King came late to the blues, first trying it on in 1990. Within six months, she was a regular performer at famed Chicago blues club Kingston Mines. Two years later she released her first CD, “Jump Through My Keyhole.” 

In 1999, Shirley released her highly acclaimed blues album, “Daughter of the Blues,” which featured her soulful, bluesy versions of classics like Wang Dang Doodle, Sweet Home Chicago, Every Day I Have the Blues and, fittingly, The Thrill is Gone.

Once her father caught her act he lent his full support to Shirley’s efforts at carving out her own career.  She admits that having a legendary father helped open some doors for her, but it was her talent, charisma and high-energy stage presence, along with her big, beautiful singing voice, that put her on the musical map.  

From traditional blues to gospel to funky R&B to smooth soul, Shirley defies genre and her singing and stage antics never fails to excite her growing number of fans worldwide. 

Shirley also believes in giving back. She has also worked with kids as an artist-in-residence with the highly acclaimed Urban Gateways Arts in the Schools Program at Chicago Public Schools and continues to expose school children to the history blues has played in American culture. 

Shirley also published her memoirs in 2017 entitled Love is King, which is dedicated to her father and goes into detail about her life with her dad, to whom she was very close. 

Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Louis Walker, who guests on two tracks on the new album, said, “I’ve had the honor of performing on two B.B. King albums.  Now I have the distinct honor and pleasure of playing on his daughter’s album, Shirley King, who is also my dear friend.  Keep the thrill goin’ on Shirley….”

With her powerful voice and outgoing personality, Shirley always rocks the house whether it’s on an international stage, a festival or a nightclub.  

She’s ready to bust out bigger than ever on her own in a way that would make her daddy proud.  Make sure to come along for the ride.

 Purchase the brand-new release

 by

SHIRLEY KING

entitled

BLUES FOR A KING

Recorded in Chicago, the album features an amazing array of guests including Steve Cropper, Elvin Bishop, Harvey Mandel, Robben Ford, Junior Wells, Martin Barre, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Arthur Adams, Kirk Fletcher and Pat Travers, all of who wanted to pay their musical respects to this talented daughter of blues royalty.

Available at amazon.com

 

For more information about Shirley King

visit

Shirley King Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/shirley.king.790

B.B. King official website:

www.bbking.com

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Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives.

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