We all know there are two different definitions for the word "diva" and sadly the most common usage denotes a haughty, self-entitled woman -- whereas the original intent of the word conveyed the image of a popular and highly talented female singer. Martha Wash is everything a diva should be. During a time when sass often outweighs substance, it's surprising when a musician actually lives up to their billing, let alone one who stays both grounded and grateful. But there are very few powerhouse vocalists like Martha Wash, and she seems to have no problem living up to her legend. Her career has spanned decades, starting out with Sylvester in the late 1970s, she would then become half of the iconic duo, The Weather Girls ("It's Raining Men") and would later be the voice behind Black Box and C&C Music Factory, before finally branching out to a successful solo career. I recently wrote about Martha after becoming captivated by her decision to release a solo album after a nearly 20-year hiatus, entitled, Something Good.
Over the July 4th holiday weekend Martha had an intimate performance at the Cutting Room in New York City and nothing short of wild horses could have kept me away! Her playlist encompassed a wide selection that included the classics ("Everybody Everybody," "Gonna Make You Sweat") as well as a generous sampling of songs from the new album. The voice is still stellar (and Martha was even out after the show signing autographs and graciously posing for photos with her fans).
Now, I could go on and on -- but I think I'll paraphrase the immortal words of Sylvester who once said of Martha: "Your ear would have to be in your foot to not know this woman can sing!" So watch, listen and enjoy a true diva in action: