Cecile McLorin Salvant
She often sings rarely performed chestnuts, like the comedic blues of Bert Williams' 1906 composition "Nobody" and the vamping, racially incorrect "You Bring Out the Savage In Me" from the 1930s, complete with Tarzan-style yodeling. "I'm trying to get people to think a little bit about who they are and how they relate to other people in society and how they think about race or sexism or homophobia or whatever it is," McLorin Savant told the San Jose Mercury News. "But I'm not trying to be a political artist. The main thing is to generate deep, deep emotions in people and to get them away from their everyday lives."
[Originally published in June, 2014.]