Diva Ladee Chico, performing artist extraordinaire, just dropped her new CD titled, I’m A Survivor. And a survivor she is, with a budding career that began in Huston, Texas, where she was “tightenin’ up” at sweet sixteen.
Now that she is in full bloom and a musical tour de force, she can recall the early days and coming to the Bay Area. It was the late ‘70s; she met producer Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders and was signed to Fantasy Records. The label introduced her to, then fellow newcomers, Ramsey Lewis, Miki Howard, Roy Ayers, Patrice Rushen, Narada Michael Walden, Side Effect, and others with whom she worked to disrupt the jazz scene.
By the ‘80s, Chico was singing the blues with greats like John Lee Hooker, Sr., and Deacon Jones and the Bucket of Blues.
Today, with decades that showcase her talent, versatility, and international flair, she enjoys the freedom of doing her own thing as an independent artist. In fact, she’s recently performed for the West Coast Blues Society at venues throughout California, and in cities like L.A., Long Beach, Oakland, and San Francisco.
Chico is regularly part of the line-up for Las Vegas’ renowned “Take the Stage,” a show created by producer, Sherry Gordy. You can catch Chico singing with the East Bay’s fabulous Oakland Blues Divas, and also shakin’ things up with her own band, Off Da Richter.