Alicia Olatuja

...a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage
— New York Times
Olatuja possesses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail.
— Downbeat
 

Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014).

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Alicia grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz and classical. These influences have informed her artistic journey, and she later graduated with a Masters degree in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions, she started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride.

In 2014, Alicia came to the attention of the acclaimed composer/arranger/pianist Billy Childs, and was brought onto be part of the touring incarnation of Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, alongside vocalist Becca Stevens, in the 2015-16 season. Her voice has also entranced the legendary Hammond B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and she has recently performed with him at multiple events including the Charlie Parker Festival and the BRIC JazzFest.

Her voice has also entranced the legendary Hammond B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and she has recently performed with him at multiple events including the Charlie Parker Festival and the BRIC JazzFest. In August 2016, she was the featured soloist at the Cabrillo Music Festival, performing Osvaldo Golijov’s “Oceana”, under the direction of Marin Alsop.

Alicia’s own band has been steadily in demand, having recently performed at the Jazz Standard, Vermont Jazz Center, the jazz festivals of Rochester, Saratoga, Rockport and Markham as well as the Monty Alexander Jazz Fest and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, to name a few.

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Upcoming Appearances

Oct 22, 2017
with Songs of Freedom • Berlind Theater • Princeton, NJ
Nov 17, 2017
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts · University of Florida Performing Arts · Gainesville, FL
Dec 1, 2017
with Songs of Freedom · Cullen Theater · Houston, TX
Dec 2, 2017
with Songs of Freedom · Jo Long Theater· San Antonio, TX
Jan 7, 2018
Dizzy's Club with Ulysses Owens Jr. · Shanghai, China (TOUR BEGINS)
Jan 19, 2018
Dizzy's Club with Ulysses Owens Jr. · Shanghai, China (TOUR ENDS)
Jan 30, 2018
Atrium Space · Weis Center for the Performing Arts · Bucknell Univseristy · Lewisburg, PA
Feb 01, 2018
Modlin Center for the Arts · Richmond, VA
Feb 02, 2018
Weinberg Center for the Arts · Frederick, MD
Feb 09, 2018
Wellin Hall · Hamilton College Performing Arts · Clinton, NY
Feb 10, 2018
Bailey Hall · Cornell University · Ithaca, NY
Feb 14, 2018
Jazz at the Bistro · Saint Louis, MO
Feb 15, 2018
Jazz at the Bistro · Saint Louis, MO
Feb 16, 2018
Jazz at the Bistro · Saint Louis, MO
Feb 17, 2018
Jazz at the Bistro · Saint Louis, MO
Mar 2, 2018
Starr Theater · Walton Arts Center · Fayetteville, AR
Mar 3, 2018
Acadiana Center for the Arts · Lafayette, LA
Mar 9, 2018
Scullers · Boston, MA
Mar 10, 2018
Kumble Theater · Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts · Brooklyn, NY
Mar 11, 2018
Christiana Cultural Arts Center · Wilmington, DE
Apr 5, 2018
with Songs of Freedom · Loeb Playhouse · West Lafayette, IN
Apr 6, 2018
with Songs of Freedom · Logan Center · Chicago, IL
Apr 7, 2018
with Songs of Freedom · Colwell Playhouse · Urbana, IL
Apr 11-14, 2018
with Songs of Freedom · Jazz at the Bistro · St. Louis, MO
Apr 19, 2018
with Songs of Freedom · Bing Concert Hall · Stanford, CA