In the spirit of two-fisted political singer-songwriters such as Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell, NONA HENDRYX tackles social issues, love, and politics with a smoky vocal tessitura somewhere between funk and the end of the stratosphere. Hendryx’s legendary career spans six decades of sound and style evolution. Fans know her as a founding member of the girl group Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles (alongside Sarah Dash, Cindy Birdsong, and Patti LaBelle), known as the “Sweethearts of the Apollo Theatre.” The group was inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 1999. In the 1970s, the group morphed into the rock and funk glam diva’s Labelle with the no. 1 record “Lady Marmalade.” Nona Hendryx emerged as the chief songwriter of the group’s socially conscious and illuminating message songs. If fans grieved the end of Labelle, Nona Hendryx fans welcomed a new chapter as the revolutionary art-rock, new-wave goddess embarked upon her own impressive solo career. She has created eight studio albums and engaged with an impressive lineup of collaborators (Prince, Peter Gabriel, the Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Bono, and Cameo), resulting in top-ten hits and a Grammy nomination (“Rock This House” with the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards on guitar).
Hendryx has presented multimedia performances at MoogFest and MASS MOCA. Having made yet another transformation into a multimedia ‘CyberDiva,’ Hendryx still writes music across genres with politically and socially relevant lyrics wrapped in neo-funk grooves, otherworldly and soulful vocals, and art-rock charged rhythms. Performing in and writing the song “Grace (Trust and Believe)” for Carrie Mae Weems’ Grace Notes marked the beginning of another artistic collaboration. 2018 was an even busier year for Nona with the honor of being Joe’s Pub’s first Vanguard Residency Artist. She curated a series of shows over twelve months, along with a commission to create new multimedia work inspired by Carrie Mae Weems’ Kitchen Table and Ulysses Dove’s Urban Folk Dance. Hendryx has also created a SiriusXM Radio show, The Nexus with Nona Hendryx, in which she discusses her trifold passions of music, art, and technology.