A native Washingtonian, Shirleta Settles is known as “Not Just a Voice, but an Entertainer!” Not just a voice because her performances are not limited to only music.
During her performances she has the innate ability to connect and include her audiences of all ages, whether singing, storytelling, drama, spoken word, staff development or as a recording artist. Her experience as a Bandleader and lead vocalist for a 10 piece variety band, Marquise for 15 years has given her the ability to share her talent in a variety of venues and genres (R&B, Jazz, Blues, Pop, and Gospel. .
She has traveled nationally and internationally sharing her gift of music and storytelling from festivals, schools, and political arenas as well as private engagements. Shirleta has been featured on FOX 5 News as an outstanding vocalist/entertainer.
Women’s music pioneer Tret Fure’s musical journey has a unique trajectory.Shestarted out as vocalist/guitarist with Spencer Davis; Lowell George of Little Feat produced her first solo recording; and she opened for bands like Yes, Poco and J. Geils.In the 1980’s Tret left the pop music world and, over time, became a highly influential and well-loved figure in the women’s music movement.She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90’–they released 3 CDs together and appeared at venues like Carnegie Hall. Tret has garnered the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music and was voted “Pride In The Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician” in 2009. She is president of Local 1000, the Traveling Musicians Union of the American Federation of Musicians.Her latest CD is entitled, “Rembrandt Afternoons.”
Opening for Tret will be two distinctive D.C. area songwriters: