Ola Hemphill

  • Gender: Musician
  • Music Type: Standards
  • About:
    I\'m a pianist and singer who has years of performing experience singing and/or playing various styles of music. At this time I\'m interested in singing with a pianist, guitarist, etc. for duo type gigs. I\'d like to perform jazz standards. However, I can sing various styles of music that include singing & scatting straight ahead jazz which is my number one love for singing. I\'ve had many opportunities to sit in on jam sessions with great jazz musicians that include Marcus Belgrave, James Carter, Ralphe Armstrong, etc. I also performed as a jazz vocalist throughout 1997 in Baker\'s Keyboard Lounge with a quartet led by jazz pianist Charles Boles.

    I\'ve written and arranged several songs, some of which are included on a gospel jazz & jazz project that I\'ve recently started releasing singles from. The current CD single release is one of my gospel jazz songs titled I\'ll Trust You and is available as an Mp3 download from iTunes, etc. Musicians performing on the song are jazz pianist & keyboardist, Demetrius Nabors, jazz bassist, Damon Warmack, and jazz drummer, Nate Winn. (I wrote and arranged the song.)

    As a musician I\'m able to write charts for whatever I perform. I read fairly well and therefore, as a singer only, I can easily learn songs by reading melodies. At this time I would like to focus on singing in a more laid back environment such as with a pianist only, etc. However I'm willing to consider singing situations that are conducive to my abilities such as singing with a jazz vocal group that requires a singer to read (or not). I grew up singing harmony so that is a strong point for what I can do as a singer who can sing harmony that is structured or free-style.

    In past years I\'ve also played for churches. I can play by ear so I\'ve played for churches that emphasized gospel style and praise and worship music, I'd like to consider playing for a church that emphasizes hymns, etc. as a musical choice.

    At this time in my life I\'m open to consider options for performing and again, opportunities to perform as a jazz vocalist would be awesome.
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