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3 Jan 2008

Unforgettable People (II): Natalie Jackson

Kudisan Kai, the artist formerly known as Natalie Jackson, has made an incredible journey from opera to alternative metal. This classically trained singer got her commercial music start in jazz on recordings with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble. As a result of this exposure, she received Downbeat Magazines Best Jazz Vocalist Award. She later toured with Chaka Khan, Beck, Sting, Elton John, Bette Midler, Mary J. Blige, Saliva, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, George Duke, Glen Ballard, Arif Mardin, and many more.

The range of artists with whom Kudisan has recorded reflects the depth of her experience, and includes Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, Saliva, Mary J. Blige, and Powerman 5000. The list of producers include George Duke, Arif Mardin, Don Was, Patrick Leonard, and Glen Ballard.

Kudisan was featured with her own alternative-metal band in CBGBs, Cat Club and the Bitter End, three of the hottest New York Clubs. On the west coast, she graced the stage of L.As Viper Room, where she showcased her songwriting talent as well.

(biography by Sheila J. Hardy)

Kudisan Kai's new CD is called CONFESSIONS
© 2004 kudisan kai/zoux bluestein (676695015324). CD price: $7.99

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