Nona Hendryx, a member of Labelle, revolutionized both television and live performances with their Wear Something Silver rock, r&b, gospel and funk show at New York’s prestigious Metropolitan Opera House, as well as opera houses around the world. Firmly planted in an autonomous liberation at the socio-political intersection of race, sex and class, their groundbreaking campaign as music pioneers soon saw Labelle racking up three gold albums and a #1 worldwide platinum hit with the single Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?) before unexpectedly disbanding and each mounting solo careers.
If Labelle fans grieved the end of an era, Nona Hendryx fans would welcome a new one as the revolutionary art-rock, new-wave goddess embarked upon her own impressive solo career, which spanned eight studio albums and engaged her with an impressive line up of collaborators (from Prince, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Vernon Reid of Living Color, Afrika Bambata, Bono and the soul influenced funk band Cameo), resulting in several top ten hits and a Grammy nomination (Rock This House, from her album The Heat, 1985, with Keith Richards on guitar). Fast forwarding into the 20th and 21st century (without losing an octave or gaining a pound) Nona Hendryx remains the Queen of Transformation; writing music for theatre and film (the 2010 Oscar-nominated Precious) and collaborating in the works of a new artists and different musical genre’s, co writing and appearing on the 2012 Terri Lyne Carrington Grammy Award winning (Best Jazz Vocal Album), “Mosaic” with Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Diane Reeves and Sheila E. Geri Allan, to name a few). Nona curated two ‘sold out’ nights of Parallel Lives, a tribute show celebrating the lives of Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, for their duo Centennials at for Harlem Stage in NY.
Transformation and Innovation; ‘constant evolution, pushing her limits and seeking new territory to explore.
A certified techie, Nona loves all things technical and Benoit Maurbry build a version of his ‘audio tutu’ e.g. wearable art/sound system, which she has worn in performances in art galleries in London, NY, L.A, Hong Kong & Berlin. A music artist, Nona’s building a 2nd career as a Visual Artists, exhibiting and selling her Mixed Medium and Assemblage art work since 2013. Two show in NY, one in LA and Nona’s first ‘solo exhibition’ at Sol Studio, September 2016. Nona is an Ambassador for Artistry in Education at Berklee College of Music in Boston working to develop and integrate the Music Ensemble, Music Theatre and Electronic Production and Design Departments. Quite simply put, Nona Hendryx is the quintessential “mother” of contemporary artists such as Yoko Ono, Grace Jones, Erykah Badu, Peter Gabrielle, David Bowie and Janelle Monáe, Will.i.am, Daft Punk, Imogene Heap and others who can only hope to see careers that allow them to span the decades, and she still Rocks on!