Luiese Esther Price, 13 March 1961, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Raised by adoptive parents, as a small child Price moved first to New Jersey, which is where she began singing, and then to Nashville, Tennessee, where, at the age of 10, she sang in a talent contest. She heard blues singers mainly on record but used recordings as a study tool and soon began to develop a sound and style of her own. Absorbing the music of her surroundings, she sang country music and made some records in this form and also began a musical association with songwriter Gwil Owen. In 1989, Price appeared in Austin, Texas, at the South By Southwest music festival, where she made a big impression. Prices blues-inflected country music singing displays echoes of her varied influences who include singers as diverse as Ray Charles, Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Beulah Sippie Wallace.
In the late 90s,...