Singing the Chicago style blues since 1996, Miss Freddye has become known as Pittsburgh's "Lady of the Blues"! Her influences are Delta and Chicago style blues, from artists of yester-year like Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughn, Denise Lasalle, and Memphis Minnie. She started singing with BMW (Blues music works) headed by Al "Big Al" Leavitt. In 2002, she formed her own band, “Blue Faze.” The next several years the name changed to "Miss Freddye's Blues Band.”
In addition to her 5-piece electric band, she formed Miss Freddye's Homecookin Trio in 2010. An acoustic side of blues! Miss Freddye performs with both bands around western and central PA, West Virginia and eastern Ohio.In 2008, her band competed in the West Virginia blues competition, won for the state, and went to the 2009 International blues competition representing the WVBS! In 2012, she competed in the Blues Society of Western PA as a duo act with her bandmate and guitarist Greg "G-man" Casile, and won! In 2013, they went to Memphis for the IBCs representing BSWPA. Miss Freddye has performed in many major blues festivals, along with many smaller ones. Some of her favorites are:
She has opened shows for Eden Brent & Janiva Magness and performed with Mississippi Heat, Duwayne Burnside and Mississippi Mafia. No matter how busy her schedule, not a year goes by without her singing for a variety of select benefits near and dear to her heart!
She also perform at festivals, community fairs, local and regional venues.
"Mama smilin' cause she loves the way the flow of music reaches out all the time!"