ALICIA OLATUJA (SHORT BIO) Singer Alicia Olatuja wowed everyone at the 2013 presidential inauguration with her solo during the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” She’s already earned raves from the New York Daily News and on the View, and with the Choir’s album released on iTunes, and a single "In The Dark" released on March 5 from Alicia’s own forthcoming CD, things are only looking up for her career.
Alicia Olatuja’s reputation has been growing since her arrival in New York in 2005. The New York Times praised her performance with her husband, bassist Michael Olatuja, in their band The Olatuja Project, lauding her “strong, lustrous tone.” The Olatuja Project, where Alicia sings in various African dialects such as Yoruba and Shona, recently released their debut album, the Promise.
Alicia has sung with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir since 2007, often performs as a soloist with the Juilliard Jazz ensemble, and has sung with various recording artists such as Christian McBride, Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans. She has just completed her upcoming solo album, on which she is joined by such acclaimed jazz artists as 3-time Grammy©-Award winner McBride and husband Michael Olatuja (both on bass), Jon Cowherd and two- time Grammy ©-nominee Christian Sands (both on piano), Grégoire Maret on harmonica, Ulysses Owens, Jr., on drums and David Rosenthal on guitar. Her solo debut album, titled Timeless, is slated for an October 14th release this year.
Alicia Olatuja is also a voice teacher, a vocal producer, and teaching artist for the Brooklyn Arts Council.
ALICIA OLATUJA (LONG BIO) While the 2013 Presidential Inauguration ceremonies may have featured such A-list talent as Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys, it’s the voice of a classically trained mezzo-soprano who has drawn the most critical acclaim. On the edition of The View that aired the day after the inauguration, co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck raved about Alicia Olatuja’s “breathtaking” voice...even though she admitted she didn’t know the singer’s name. However, it won’t be long before her name has much more of a familiar ring to it.
In fact, the 30-year old Alicia Olatuja’s reputation has been growing since her arrival in New York in 2005. The New York Times praised her performance with her husband, bassist Michael Olatuja, in their band The Olatuja Project, lauding her “strong, lustrous tone.”
Although Alicia’s solo ran for only one minute of the Choir’s nearly five minute long performance, it resulted in several radio interviews, magazine articles praising her performance, an appearance on WNBC New York’s The Debrief with David Ushery, and a feature in the New York Daily News, which began by stating, “Brooklyn gave birth to a new musical star at Monday’s inauguration.”Read more
Radio & Podcasts
- Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women by Angelo Leonardi
November 24, 2019
StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Alicia Olatuja's "Intuition"
February 14, 2018
Jazz this week: Alicia Olatuja, jazz for Valentine's Day, and more
April 13, 2017
Jazz this week: Grégoire Maret & Alicia Olatuja, Peter Evans Septet,...
"Brooklyn gives birth to new musical star, singer Alicia Olatuja, at inauguration." - The New York Daily News
Considering all of the talent that had already graced her stage at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 16—Esperanza Spalding, Lalah Hathaway, George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington and Nadia Washington—Dianne Reeves recognized that one of the most thrilling vocalists of today was actually sitting in the audience: Alicia Olatuja. Giving Alicia a shout-out between songs, Reeves acknowledged the up-and-coming star's breathtaking performance at President Obama's inauguration and predicted great things ahead for her. It may not be long before Alicia Olatuja is the one headlining Carnegie and inviting HER friends to join her in song in that world-renowned venue! - Jeff Tamarkin, Associate Editor, JazzTimes magazine
Voice / vocals
New York City
Private Voice Instruction AOVS 2014 Hello there! Thank you for your interest in AOVS (Alicia Olatuja Voice Studios) I hope the studio information below is successful in helping you learn more about the studio and how you can get the most out of your studio experience. I look forward to working with you! Lessons are located at my home in Brooklyn and are tailored to each student, as every voice is unique. For this reason I do not do group lessons but work with each vocalist individually however, other parties can watch if permitted by the student
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
Mack Avenue Records
Intuition: Songs From...