Local 913: Miss Freddye
Nicknamed “Pittsburgh’s Lady of the Blues,” Miss Freddye has been singing a combination of Delta and Chicago blues in town for over two decades. Although at the start, she didn’t consider herself a very good vocalist.
“I joined the choir when I was 15 and couldn’t carry a tune. I had to sing a solo! It was embarrassing! I was scared to death. I finally got into music about 21 years ago. I joined my first band. Actually, it was a fluke, the guy I was dating was a bass player in the band and he heard me sing “Silent Night” to my youngest. He’s like “Oh we’re looking for a singer” and I was like “Eeeeehhhhhh” ya know? I auditioned and then band was in one room and I took a 100 foot mic chord, went into the bathroom and turned on the water. That’s how I got the audition!”
Miss Freddye’s latest and second album “Lady of The Blues” was recorded in San Jose, CA. As someone who devotes time to many charities and causes, she hopes this music acts as a healing agent for those who are suffering.
“I’m an advocate against domestic violence. I am a victim of domestic violence. I tell people I am not ashamed to talk about it because I have met a lot of men, women and children who could not talk about it. I wanna use music, especially this CD, for something I call “The Healing Groove.” If you can’t find yourself healing or you can’t get away from your situation, you can use music. A lot of people I have met they’ve said they can related to the songs and say they remember the time they went through, you know, whatever they went through.”