dj soul sister - bio

DJ Soul Sister is the award-winning “queen of rare groove,” and not only one of the longest-running live DJ artists (mixing and blending 100% vinyl) in her hometown of New Orleans, but known worldwide as a vinyl crate digger, party promoter, and tastemaker. As a veteran radio programmer on WWOZ FM for nearly two decades, she is the host and founder of the popular “Soul Power,” the longest-running rare groove radio show in the U.S., and was cited by New York Times pop music critic Ben Ratliff as “What to Do This Weekend.” Music artist Solange called her “wonderful” and “life given,” and dj artist King Britt said she was “the best…top 3 DJs for me.”

Her live, improvisational, and vinyl-only funk and rare groove music sets have also landed her everywhere from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Voodoo Music Experience, Essence Music Festival, BUKU Music & Art Project, Jam Cruise, Boiler Room, and Electric Forest; to opening for her favorite artists like George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, DaM-FunK, Lettuce, and more; to features on MTV UK and VH1 and in Spin, Wax Poetics, URB, OffBeat, and New Orleans magazines. She has also performed alongside DJ artist/producers such as Questlove, Mannie Fresh, KON, Maseo (De La Soul), Low Down Loretta Brown (Erykah Badu), Rich Medina, Skeme Richards, and many others. She was even personally invited by George Clinton to DJ his 71st birthday party.

Soul Sister has been throwing parties in NOLA since 1997, including the infamous HUSTLE! party (now presented sporadically; formerly at Hi-Ho Lounge, Mimi's in the Marigny and Leo's Bar & Grill), and her self-produced events bring together a diverse mix of locals, visitors, and even celebs to dance to the music she has loved most since she was a child: funk, soul, rare groove, underground disco, jazz fusion, true school hip hop, and more. She is the first DJ to ever win a Big Easy Entertainment Award (2010), and was won OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Award each year from 2010 through 2016.

Not only a music lover, she is also a scholar, her opinion-leader and tastemaker status is sought out for interviews, articles, lectures, film presentations and panel discussions. Recent features include Nelson George's documentary Finding the Funk, which aired on VH1, the book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, and spots on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM and on Red Bull Radio.

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.