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Sandra St. Victor | Features



Sandra St. VictorA member of the jazz-funk circuit since the 1980s, soul diva Sandra St.Victor has a voice that few can match.

After fronting the critically acclaimed funk outfit Family Stand for six years, St. Victor emerged with a solo career in 1996 with Mack Diva Saves the World, her debut for Warner Bros.

Born and raised in Dallas, St. Victor originally planned on a career as a mezzo-soprano and earned a scholarship to University of Kansas to study opera. However, after discovering the power of jazz music, heightened by her exposure to Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, St. Victor headed back to Dallas where she fronted a jazz/pop ensemble titled "Laissez Faire".

Later relocating to New York, St. Victor joined another band, Ubiquity, whose leader was vibraphonist Roy Ayers. Ayers introduced St. Victor to the ultimate diva, Chaka Khan, who encouraged her to keep pursuing her dream of becoming a lead singer. This dream was fulfilled when along with producers/performers V. Jeffrey Smith and Peter Lord, St. Victor formed the Family Stand. Combining the best of rock, jazz, soul and funk, Family Stand occupied their own place in modern music for six years, releasing the acclaimed Chain in 1990, an album that produced the hit, "Ghetto Heaven."

While Mack Diva is steeped in Family Stand's funk traditions, St. Victor offers a more R&B-influenced sound on her solo effort, while also sharing her eclectic "socio-funky spirituality."

Lana Fanelli - Rolling Stone magazine

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