I was sad to hear Kathleen Lawton announce the passing of Sista Monica Parker, a great Bay Area blues singer. I remember just hearing her at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest this last Sept. Her opening number was the Staples Singers tune “I’ll Take You There”. The audience at teh Blues Stage sang along with her. It was fantastic.
Kathleen remembered many of the interviews she had done with Sista Monica on her show Crazy About the Blues. She was right that after watching Sista Monica perform you were really hyped up.
Details on her passing and memorial service was published by SF Gate at
‘Sista’ Monica Parker, singer of blues, soul and gospel, dies
By Lee Hildebrand
Updated 3:42 pm, Thursday, October 16, 2014
“A memorial service is slated for 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at Inner Light Ministries, 5630 Soquel Drive in Soquel (Santa Cruz County).”
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel
‘Sista Monica’ Parker dies at 58