DJ Soul Sister

Soul Sister, known worldwide as the “queen of rare groove,” has been a crate digger and vinyl collector ever since she was six years old. As a veteran radio programmer on WWOZ FM for 25 years (as of 2020), she is the host and founder of the popular “Soul Power,” the longest-running rare groove radio show in the U.S. As an opinion leader, sought out for interviews, articles, lectures, film presentations and panel discussions, she hosted “Lost and Found” on Red Bull Radio, and appeared in Nelson George’s documentary Finding the Funk, as well as the book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, and spots on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.

As a live DJ artist who self-produced her first event in 1997, her infamous sets and parties led to her tenure as one of the longest-running live DJ artists in her hometown of New Orleans. Notably, her sets only featured the music she loved, as she improvisationally and skillfully mixed, blended, and beat-matched vinyl-only selections of 1970s – mid-1980s funk, soul, rare groove, underground disco, jazz fusion, true school hip hop, and more. She was the first DJ to ever win a Big Easy Entertainment Award (2010 and 2017), and has won OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Award in 2018 and in each year from 2010 through 2016. She also performed everywhere from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Voodoo Music Experience, Essence Music Festival, BUKU Music & Art Project, Jam Cruise, Boiler Room, and Electric Forest; to opening for her favorite artists like George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, DaM-FunK, Average White Band, George Duke, Teena Marie, Doug E. Fresh, ConFunkShun, the funky Meters, Dumpstaphunk, Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Soul Rebels, Lettuce, Tower of Power, and more; to features on MTV UK and VH1 and in Spin, Wax Poetics, URB, OffBeat, and New Orleans magazines. She has also performed alongside DJ artist/producers such as Questlove, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mannie Fresh, KON, Maseo (De La Soul), Low Down Loretta Brown (Erykah Badu), Rich Medina, Biz Markie, and many others. She was even personally invited by George Clinton to DJ his 71st birthday party. Music artist Solange called her “wonderful” and “life given,” and dj artist King Britt said she was “the best…top 3 DJs for me.”