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  • Adele Astaire (1896 - 1981)
  • Ella Fitzgerald (1917 - 1996)
    Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most famous American jazz vocalist in the United States for more than half a century. She was dubbed "The First Lady of Song." In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards a...
  • Marie Selika Williams (c.1849 - 1937)
    Marie Selika Williams was an American operatic coloratura soprano. She was the first Black artist to perform in the White House.
  • Flora Batson (1864 - 1906)
    Flora Batson was a popular and well-known black concert singer, nicknamed "The Double-Voiced Queen of Song" because of her soprano-baritone range. She was also called "the colored Jenny Lind" in the pr...
  • Sissieretta Jones (1868 - 1933)
    Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, known as Sissieretta Jones, was an African-American soprano. She sometimes was called "The Black Patti" in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. Jones' repe...