Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Felicia Carter, vocals; Bob Butta, piano; Amy Shook, bass; Eric Kennedy, drums

Founded in: 1996

Style: jazz

Influenced by: Louis Prima, Judy Garland, Mildred Bailey, Sammy Davis Jr.

Notable: In the near future, Carter plans to record a new, as of yet untitled, studio album. About half the songs will be originals -- including some blues tunes -- and the others will be standards. Carter has performed some of the standards consistently during the past several years, and they haven't lost their appeal, she said.

Quotable: "What's interesting is that in the last five to 10 years I still am not sick of some of these songs that I sing over and over again. Really, the composition and the lyrics -- if you can find something new in it, then it's a well-written song and fun to sing."

feliciacarter.com



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