08/24/2012 06:14 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Martha Wash: A Living Legend

Her name is Martha Wash, and her voice is legendary. Much like Madonna and Lady Gaga, she is a heterosexual gay icon whose career has long ridden parallel to the rise of the modern gay-rights movement. Martha is one of the few entertainers to have worked closely with the two most famous and influential drag queens in American history: Sylvester and RuPaul. She started out in the 1970s as Sylvester's back-up singer, but Martha's powerful voice was like a magnet to the spotlight, and her collaboration with Izora Rhodes, The Weather Girls, would soon rival and even eclipse Sylvester's fame. Martha would go one to become the voice of Black Box in the late 1980s. She completed her first successful solo album and was a featured vocalist for C&C Music Factory during the 1990s. In 2005 Martha created her own music label, Purple Rose Records, and she continues to amaze audiences worldwide with her live performances.

Martha will perform live at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC this Sunday, Aug. 26. If you are in New York City and you want to experience the legend of Martha Wash, grab yourself some tickets and go!