dj soul sister - bio
Known worldwide as the “queen of rare groove,” DJ Soul Sister has hosted her "Soul Power" show on WWOZ FM and "right on party situations" for nearly two decades in her native New Orleans. One of the longest-running live dj artists in New Orleans, the veteran radio programmer and host of the longest-running rare groove radio show in the U.S., vinyl collector, crate digger, party promoter and tastemaker is highly regarded and respected not only in her hometown, but around the globe.

The first DJ to receive a "Best DJ" award in New Orleans (Big Easy Entertainment Award and OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Award multiple times), Soul Sister has thrown down her seamlessly blended, and vinyl-only, funk/soul/rare groove/discotheque/jazz fusion/true school hip hop sets everywhere from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and BUKU Music + Art Project to performances in New York, Los Angeles, and London – and in New Orleans at her near decade-long "Hustle Saturdays"* weekly residency (now at the Hi-Ho Lounge; formerly at Mimi's in the Marigny and Leo's Bar & Grill). She has opened for everyone from George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Questlove, Chaka Khan, and Afrika Bambaataa to Teena Marie, Galactic, The Roots, and George Duke, to the funky Meters, DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu), Chuck Brown, Maceo Parker, DaM-FunK, and many, many more, and was even personally invited by George Clinton to DJ his 71st birthday party.

In addition to her party and event promotions and creative dj sets, she is also a tastemaker and recognized authority on funk, soul, disco, hip hop & rare groove music and musicians. From conducting on-stage oral history interviews with musicians like George Clinton, the Ohio Players, and Chuck Brown at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, to being featured on TV and film, such as Nelson George’s Finding the Funk documentary (2013; which premiered on VH1's "Rock Docs" on Feb. 4, 2014) to being included in books like Dust and Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting (2014) and highlighted in national magazines like URB, Spin, and Wax Poetics (first and only woman, to date, featured in its "Record Rundown" section), Soul Sister’s opinions are welcomed in articles, lectures, panel discussions, and broadcast presentations about classic funk, soul, rare groove, disco, and hip hop music, as well as DJ culture. She is also dedicated to presenting more “soulful” events in New Orleans, ranging from DJ culture events and live music concerts to film screenings and panel discussions.

Soul Sister has taken the nightlife by storm in her hometown, known more for its top-notch live musicians than its underground DJ scene. To her credit, Soul Sister's parties and live DJ sets are now regarded and respected alongside those of her jazz, blues, rock, R&B and funk musician colleagues, many of them fans.

*Founded in 2004, HUSTLE Saturdays are presented by and feature DJ Soul Sister. When she's out of town, she taps NOLA's own DJ Brice Nice and/or Kazu to fill in for her, as they are "right on party situation-approved." Sometimes, special guest DJs will appear, based on their dedication to rare groove styles. In the past, guests have included KON (Boston), Skeme Richards (Philly), Rich Medina (Philly), Music Man Miles Tackett (L.A.), J-Boogie (San Francisco), and DJ Stylus - The Vibe Conductor (Wash DC).