Reaching the #8 spot on Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums chart with her debut ‘My Soul Inspiration: Live,” was a surprise and a blessing for the relatively unknown artist Delphia. “When I returned to music three years ago, I didn’t know if anyone would want to listen,” she remarks of her latest accomplishment. On the contrary, she is quickly garnering attention, winning a 2017 New Mexico Music Award, being voted best vocalist in Albuquerque two years running, arranging for and performing with a 300-person orchestra at the New Mexico Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops!, and performing at the NBA ALL-STAR weekend with touring troupe Artrageous.
A tour-de-force on stage, Delphia’s voice and song-writing command an incredible range and multitude of genres, blending soul with classic songwriting, jazz, and ballads in true Adult Contemporary fashion. No matter if it is Carole King, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Gershwin, or her own, every piece has been reinvented, breathing new life in to even the most iconic songs.
She now dons a vintage 1940’s appearance and surprises audiences with a voice that doesn’t seem natural coming from her frame, but Delphia’s foray in to piano driven music is only recent. In her youth, she performed as an Americana Rock singer, acoustic guitar in hand, auditioning for the likes of Quincy Jones and Clive Davis while still in high school. Turning down a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in lieu of continuing her career, she placed 20 songs on National Television (ABC’s ‘All My Children’), contributing to her producer and music director winning a Daytime Emmy. Iconic venues such as South By Southwest, CBGBs, and the Wildhorse Saloon were regular stops on tour, and she jumped on the opportunity to perform in front of 40,000 fans at Citizen’s Bank Park (home of the Phillies National Baseball team.)
Naturally, all roads led to Nashville in pursuit of a corporate songwriting position. That dream ended in a single night shortly after making the move, as an assault by a fan-stalker would lead to a decade of silence fueled by pharmaceutical over-medication and suicidal tendencies. Recovery and health would be a multiple year process, and the journey is now the central message around a Performing Arts Theater show. Delphia is gearing up to begin touring Universities and Theaters in 2020 delivering a message of inspiration and hope to students about the unspoken long-term consequences caused by assault, and the importance of processing trauma. She is a grant recipient through WESTAF’s IMTour program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.