The other day, on a warm afternoon, I was able to sit down and catch up with the talented vocalist, Terrie Odabi, and her producer, world renowned bassist, Tony Saunders.
Saunders likens the soulful songstress to an “East Bay” Jill Scott; reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald and Sara Vaughn. Having played and produced with a roster of talented musicians ranging from Herbie Hancock, Dr. John, Jerry Garcia, to Esther Phillips, two time Emmy Award winner Saunders clearly has an ear for talent.
With an album coming out in the near future, and regular performances, Odabi is making her impression on the East Bay music scene and beyond. While she has new endeavors in the works, Ms. Odabi is no one new to the music industry. Ms. Odabi started singing professionally at a young age, starting when she was 16 years old, singing back up for Brenda Vaughn. She snuck into the performances to sing backup because she was underage, but her voice was timeless and made an impression. She later performed with two very successful groups, D’CuCKOO and Rythmixx; who performed internationally. D’CuCKOO and Rythmixx, both all female musical acts, provided Odabi with the opportunity to sharpen her talent.
Saunders recommends seeing Odabi at one of her regular live performances, especially at the Oyster Reef, where she commands the audience with her soulful voice and high energy performances. Odabi loves a challenge, especially if it is a quiet audience who fears dancing; she declared that no one leaves her show having not danced! Now that Odabi is a solo artist, she’s gotten back to her true passion, which is jazz, gospel and soul music. Odabi pays homage to the love and support that her female friends have provided her, in one of her new songs, “Sistah Friend”. Odabi speaks passionately about her new album, saying that her goal with this album is to “…convey what I bring to a live performance in the album”. From what we have heard, Odabi truly puts on an amazing live show, so we can’t wait for the completion of the album!
East Bay Loop