Sista Monica Parker

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Monica Parker, 1956, Gary, Indiana, USA. The remarkable voice of Monica Parker aka Sista Monica has earned her the sobriquet ‘the lioness of the blues’, and has seen her compared to legendary artists such as Etta James, Mavis Staples, and Katie Webster. Parker began singing in her church choir at the age of seven, but as a teenager was equally enthralled by blues, R&B, and soul. Between 1977 and 1980 she served in the US Marine Corps, following which she started a headhunting firm in Chicago specializing in engineering recruitment. In 1987, she relocated to California where she continued to build her successful business. Five years later Parker took the plunge and decided to begin singing professionally, performing regularly as Sista Monica at Emi’s Bar & Grille in Santa Cruz. She inaugurated the independent label Mo Muscle Records and began her recording career in 1995 with Get Out My Way. This album established Sista Monica as a startlingly...

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