No boys allowed. That’s the stipulation for Ingrid Lucia’s upcoming compilation of present-day female New Orleans singers. “There is not a single compilation out there that represents any of the female vocalists that are either living or dead,” Lucia says. “People ask about it all the time and there’s nothing there.” Gal Holiday, Meschiya Lake, Sarah Quintana, Tricia Boutte, Lena Prima, Margie Perez, Banu Gibson and Debbie Davis are just a few of the women involved in the project, which will be available on a limited basis in time for festival season, then through iTunes and CD Baby after that.
Lucia got the idea when she was invited to Russia last month to perform. How had they heard about her? They got a compilation of present-day swing players five years ago from a Brazilian DJ who used one of her tracks. “We want to introduce new markets for these singers who work so hard to make a living everyday,” she says. “I know because I’m one of them. We’re all in this game together. This would be a great marketing opportunity for each person’s fan base to get to know the others.”
The CD-release party at d.b.a. has already been scheduled for April 15, and the project’s journey has been remarkably without conflict. It was meant to happen, says Lucia. “Sometimes you have an idea and it’s just impossible to get the ball rolling. This thing from the very beginning just took off.”
Ingrid Lucia is currently raising money for the project through Kickstarter.