By Gale Fiege Herald Writer
When Aline Vida’s aunt died, the singer decided it was time to move to Everett to be closer to her mom, Gail Ouattara.
Family comes first, Vida said.
What Vida left behind in Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles and even Muscle Shoals, Ala., is now Everett’s gain.
The singer/songwriter brings her blend of rock and soul to the Everett Public Library for a free concert of original songs and covers with a small ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday in the library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave.
Don’t miss it. This lady is a gift to the city.
Vida describes her style as combining vocals of Amy Winehouse and the persona of Bette Davis, though others have said it’s more a combination of Macy Gray and Joan Osborne.
Now in her 30s, Vida grew up in Southern California and Arizona loving music and always singing.
“My parents used to record me on cassette tape when I was a just baby,” Aline explains. “Singing just felt natural to me. It’s been my calling.”
Vida attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and began performing there at clubs such as Les Deux Cafe and Drai’s Hollywood. She sang during breaks for jazz and blues star Barbara Morrison, and sat in with bassist Leroy Ball and the Do Got Band.
“I was young, but it was a good experience,” she said.
Her mother, who grew up in Alabama, and her father, who lives in his native Belgium, encouraged her to go abroad. Vida landed in Sweden, where she made a name for herself in Stockholm’s Mosebacke club.
“There, I could sing in English,” she said.
After her move to New York City, Vida sang rock, blues, jazz and rhythm and blues at the O.W. Bar, B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square and the famed Harlem jazz club called the Lenox Lounge. Her debut CD “Visible” was released during that period.
“I’m still proud of those recordings,” Vida said.
After the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Vida moved to Huntsville, Ala., to be with her aunt, who had cancer. She met the Grammy award-winning jazz guitarist Chalmers Alford, did some recording at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and saved her money to get back to New York, where she sang with Valerie Simpson at her Sugar Bar on the Upper West Side.
Simpson and her late husband Nickolas Ashford wrote the Motown hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
“Valerie was motherly with me and told me that when I sang, I could put a spell on her,” Vida said. “But when my aunt died, I felt that pull to be close to my mother.”
After moving to Everett last year and finding a computer tech job at Seattle University, Vida put the finishing touches on her 10-song album “And Now.” CDs will be available for those who want to buy one at the library on Sunday.
“The songs on the album are from life experiences,” Vida said. “Life is emotional and that’s where they come from. It’s soulful rock, but I do not like to box it in.”
Everett has a good music scene, which Vida says she is glad to part of. The urge to perform is back and the library show is a start.
She will be accompanied at her library performance by guitarist Tristan Gianola, bassist Bob “LBD” Lovelace and drummer Ronnie Bishop.
Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @galefiege.