Alicia Olatuja, a jazz vocalist, will bring a message of female empowerment to Carolina Performing Arts at UNC on Oct. 2.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Olatuja obtained her master's degree in Classical Voice and Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been performing since her graduate school years. Through the years, she has continued to gain inspiration from the people around her by watching them do what they love, she said.
What attracts many to artists such as Olatuja is the message in the music. She wants her music to inspire her audience to ask themselves hard questions, to look into who they truly are and to live a genuine life. Her message serves as a reminder for listeners to check that what is motivating them every day is something that reflects who they are.
“People should just live their truth," Olatuja said about her music’s message, particularly from her latest album.
Olatuja incorporates a variety of styles from the jazz genre. She arranges her music from songs by female composers such as Brena Russell, Tracy Chapman and Linda Creed. She is noted for inspiring feminism through her performances. Olatuja said, in this day, feminism can be interpreted in a variety of ways.