A member of harmelodic guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer’s Black Rock Experience, Queen Esther embraced her Lowcountry roots when she settled in Harlem and called her sound Black Americana.
Queen Esther took her classically trained four octave range from a performing arts high school in Atlanta, Georgia to Austin, Texas quickly becoming a regional favorite as a member of Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes. Her love of cowpunk, 70's dinosaur rock and country-gospel music converged in her creatively when she relocated to New York City. Her work as a vocalist, lyricist/writer, songwriter and actor/solo performer led to creative collaborations in neo-vaudeville, alternative theater, various alt-rock configurations, (neo) swing bands, trip hop DJs, spoken word performances, jazz combos, jam bands, various blues configurations, experimental music/art noise and performance art.
Of her latest self-release The Other Side – Vanity Fair says, “This album is amazing. And very difficult to classify. Can you imagine a black Lucinda Williams? Not like when she plays the blues torn from her first albums, no. A black Lucinda Williams in pop, rhythm, blues and even gender roots Americana. So it sounds, if you can imagine such a hodgepodge somehow, the latest album from this brutal, original, explosive singer."