From: United States: Tennessee
Fields: Music, Philanthropy Key Words/Phrases: R&B singer, Nashville's "Queen of the Blues"
Born and raised in Nashville, Marion James grew up in a family with a love for music. Like most great R&B singers, Marion's musical background is firmly rooted in the church. As a child, James first experience with blues music came from watching vaudeville shows, checking out local performers or listening to her mother's record collection of 78s. During the early 1960's, Marion's touring band included guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, and bassist, Billy Cox. In 1966, she recorded the top-ten hit "That's My Man" for Nashville's Excello Records. Since then, Marion has played to sold-out audiences in Europe and the Southeastern United States. Recently, she was part of the Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit "Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970" covering the rich R&B music history of Nashville.