Amina Claudine Myers
Amina Claudine Myers is a triple-treat artist: composer, multi-keyboardist and vocalist. But she meshes that triple treat into a singular forum on her unique sound.
From dusty-road country blues and soulful organ funk to shimmering tone poems and street-smart urban R&B – the result is the spontaneity and intimacy of jazz with the balance and high-impact intensity of pop music. While many musicians measure their success by the chart position of their latest work, Ms. Myers measures her success by her abiding faith in God.
Raised in Blackwell, Arkansas, Ms. Myers has been a musician since she was just four years old. At seven she began formal piano training. She formed a pre-teen gospel group and later served as choir director and pianist at her church. She co-founded the Gospel Four and the Royal Hearts. The groups performed at high schools and choirs. The studied European concert music at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, where she graduated with a degree in music education. Ms. Myers went on to teach in the Chicago public school system. She has taken her musical talents on the road as a singer and composer to New York, Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, Ottawa, and Montreal. While Ms. Myers has been a fixture for many years on the international jazz circuit, she has become a much-in-demand performer at blues and gospel festivals in recent years. Her colleagues say Ms. Myers stands out as a notable exception in a time when safe and sane commercialism is more the rule than the exception. To that, Ms. Myers says, “I just try to meditate and let the Creator guide me. Many times I don’t know what is going to happen, but then it all works out. I’m just a vehicle – a vessel – and I hope I can make uplifting music that makes people feel good.