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Lena Sunday

Lena Sunday born in San Francisco Bay Area. As a child played clarinet & flute while growing up in a large household with 4 siblings. To escape the noise, she’d climb up a tree to write poems,& created her own way of writing music & melodies. This was her begining as a writer…She’d sneak into a room, put a towel under the door to sing to records, usually interrupted by someone yelling, “Mama, Lena is in the room singing again with towel under the door”, This was her beginning, as a singer.

While in college she joined the nationally & internationally award winning “Traveling Voices”, a Gospel-Jazz Troupe. In concert, their music spanned the history of America’s musical roots, Spirituals to Gospel, branching out to blues & Jazz. As a Mezzo Soprano, she sang both soprano & alto, which contributed in developing her incredible range. Little did she know at that time, that her solo numbers she sang from the “Great American Music Book”, would become such a part of who she is as an artist today. While singing with the “Voices” she also performed & wrote songs with a community of fellow singers, musicians & artists. Her voice got the attention of well known CBS/Sony Jazz Artist & producer, George Duke, offering her a job as a session singer on his albums, as well as, those he produced, guarenteeing her enough work to make her move to LA. She worked with many legendary & renown artists, such as Stevie Wonder, and producers as well. Her multi-level vocal range came in handy in her getting work as a singer for hire in commercial jingles, voice overs, video games, movie & TV Themes. As a writer she wrote for artists such as Jazz legend, Nancy wilson while touring with legendary artist such as Lou Rawls as a featured singer for 4 years traveling throughout the country & internationally, playing with symphonies, & in music & Jazz festivals.

Lena stepped away from the stage & studio to have a “normal life” saying she’d come back one day. After surviving Cancer she realized the day had come, with music still in her blood, she has returned with a bang! Performing to sold out & packed houses, such as, San Francisco Bay Area’s premier Jazz houses, Yoshi’s Oakland, Yoshi’s San Francisco, SF’s Rrazz Room, & Berkeley’s JazzSchool, bringing audiences to their feet, after taking them on a journey of emotions. Stellar Jazz Artist Ed Reed, 83 years young, who was voted “Male Vocalist Rising Star” in the annual Downbeat Critics Poll (2008, 2009, 2011) and in the annual Downbeat Readers Poll (2011) said,”When I first heard Lena sing I went home & told my wife, that girl reminds me of Billie Holliday…she is going places”! With great reviews by those such as Lee Hartgrave,of SF Chronicle’s online column, “Beyond The Chronicle, Daily News”, impressing him with her performance @ San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, the bar has been set high. “Her styling is pure magic…she overwhelmed the audience,including me..She gave one great performance after another…If anyone can excite these classic treasures-it is Lena Sunday. Sunday’s talent reaches into the deepest waves of her soul.” Her debut Cd,”With A Little Help From My Friends”, was released in 2012 on the Bohemian Sun label and Ms. Sunday is now writing for her much anticipated sophomore offering.