Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



South Carolina’s 'First Lady of Song' will chase away your blues

Posted 2/13/2013 2:45:00 PM

When my husband and I were dating we would frequent a little pub in town where a close friend of my family would lead a jazz workshop every Thursday. Being a seasoned saxophonist who had traveled the world, he had made a lot of friends along the way. One of those friends was South Carolina native Loretta Holloway.

The night we saw her perform for the first time we were blown away by her amazing vocals, and after the show we found that she is one of the nicest women in the world. She has performed all over the globe, having shared the stage with Bill Cosby, Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg. Holloway has performed for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and she was named “the best jazz singer in Chicago” by the Chicago Sun-Times. It is no wonder that she has been dubbed “South Carolina’s First Lady of Song!”

Holloway will be performing at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Handlebar in Greenville for the 14th annual Chase Away the Blues event benefiting Compass of Carolina. Buffet-style barbeque will be served beginning at 7 p.m., and a cash bar will be available as you chase away the winter blues.

All of the net proceeds from this event go to Compass of Carolina, which supports children, individuals and families going through difficult times. For more information on the festival and Holloway’s performance, click here. visit Compass of Carolina’s web page.