Women’s History Month is more than a commemoration of past contributions that women have made historically to society but also a current celebration of significant roles that women are currently playing to further develop many aspects of society. From music to fashion to political reforms, women in DFW are making massive leaps in the progression of culture. On the DFW music scene, several local female musicians are packing the house, making waves and touching the hearts of many–a feat most notable of praise during this year’s Women’s History Month.
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Dallas native Cassie Holt is not your average musician. A full-time teacher by day, sultry rhythm and blues singer by night, Holt has the voice and sound to out sing most nationally known artists. Known for turning the Dallas scene out since the young age of sixteen, Holt mixes sex appeal and true artistic talent to claim her title as one of Dallas’ best female vocalist. Staying true to the adage that you should not judge a book by its cover, the voice that arises out of Cassie Holt will definitely take most by surprise and sweep all off their feet.
Grammy winner and national recording artist Erykah Badu is not only a Dallas native but undoubtedly one of the best local female musicians to emerge from the DFW metroplex. Widely notorious for her jazzy and psychedelic sound, Badu stays true to her Dallas roots and performs at local venues regularly. Badu has contributed heavily over the last several decades to the rebirth and evolution of the multi-eclectic sounds of jazz and soul and continues to astonish fans nationwide with hit after hit. While Badu is not currently scheduled to perform in Dallas anytime soon, scour the Dallas music scene for Badu to randomly hop up on stage for an impromptu serenade as she has done in the past. For more information on upcoming shows and performances for Erykah Badu, visit her fan site, http://www.erykah-badu.com.
Nicole Binion is an incredible vocalist and an extraordinary leader of praise and worship at Covenant Church. With the effortless ability to toggle back and forth between soulful gospel melodies to uptempo Christian contemporary pieces, Binion makes singing look easy. Binion without a doubt is one of DFW’s more graceful singers — crooning sweetly into the hearts, minds and souls of Covenant Church attendees every Sunday. With several Christian album’s under her belt, Binion is unquestionably one of the top local female Christian artists in the DFW metroplex. Nicole and her husband, David Binion, lead praise and worship at Covenant Church on Sundays in Carrollton — the interactive and concert-like experience that these two pastors put forth weekly is not one to be missed.
Lady B is not your typical background vocalist; her voice will humbly invade your soul if you will allow it. A vocalist for Dallas’ own local band, Larry G(ee), Lady B mixes a splash of old school funk with a dash of soulful sound to give Dallas a taste of what it really means to move people by song. The band of Larry G(ee) is on the cusp of super stardom, fresh off an appearance on late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel,” the Larry G(ee) band is headed for the big time. Catch the Larry G(ee) band and Lady B at the Prom 2 Gala being held at Kessler Theater on April 27, 2013. Tickets are on sale now.
At 19, Claire Fowler may be the youngest of the bunch, but this multi-talented girl next door refuses to let her age dictate her musical future. Artfully blending indie and pop genres into her own one of a kind sound, Fowler is certainly in a league of her own and rightfully named as one of the best local female musicians to emerge from the DFW area. Quickly achieving milestones that many seasoned musicians could only aspire to attain at such an age, Fowler’s career is flourishing and it’s only a matter a time that this charming young artist will soon become a household name. Keep an eye out for Fowler to make appearances at local DFW venues this upcoming spring and summer.
Leah Frazier is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.