E.G. Kight Biography

Eugenia Gail Kight, 17 January c. 1966, Dublin, Georgia, USA. Born into a musical family, as a small child Kight sang in church and by her mid-teenage years was singing professionally. Early in her career, she sang country music, appearing on TNN’s Nashville Now in 1989. In the mid-90s, through hearing Koko Taylor, she made the shift to the blues, which proved to be her metier. Although Kight’s singing style is firmly rooted in the past, her take on the blues connects readily with contemporary audiences. In the late 90s and early 00s, Kight gigged extensively in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and adjacent states, playing everywhere from private parties to festivals by way of club dates. She has also performed at the annual W.C. Handy Awards Show, and was herself nominated in 2004 for three awards.

Billed as ‘The Georgia Songbird’, Kight has a rich and powerful singing voice and delivers the lyrics of her songs with verve and conviction. She has composed much of her repertoire, although 2002’s Trouble included several co-composer credits for guitarist Richard Fleming: ‘Trouble With A Capital ‘T’’, ‘Let The Healing Begin’, ‘It Takes A Mighty Good Man’, recorded in duet with Kim Forester of the Forester Sisters, ‘A Woman Can Tell’, the latter song recorded with Taylor, ‘The Queen’, which is a tribute to Taylor, and ‘Your Love Looks Good On Me’, in duet with guitarist Chris Hicks. Other notable compositions have included ‘Somewhere In Atlanta’, ‘Lovin’ On The Weekend’, ‘Nobody Ever Touched Me There’, ‘Just One More’, ‘Nothin’ Ever Hurt Me’ and ‘Takin’ It Easy’. Kight’s songs have been used by others on record, including Taylor, who sang ‘Fuel To Burn’, a co-composition with Fleming and Sunny Stephens, and Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, who put three of Kight’s songs on their 2001 release, Ain’t Gonna Hush! Kight’s accompanists, live and on record, have included saxophonist Greg Piccolo, pianists Michael Boyette and Ann Rabson, the latter a member of Saffire, guitarists Fleming, Hicks and Lee Anderson, bass players Andy Seal and Johnny Fountain, and drummers Steve Mitchell and Gary Porter.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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