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Sappy Artist Spotlight: Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens


Daptone recording artist Naomi Shelton is a rare gem. Born to parents with strong musical roots, Shelton grew up singing with her church choir in Alabama, and continued to perform for several decades in bars, clubs and churches around New York City.

Cliff Driver, an old friend and collaborator of Shelton’s brought The Gospel Queens together in the early 90s. The band consists of many other members from the Daptone roster, including the Dap-kings. Together they play a mixture of classic soul tunes and original material by Daptone leader Bosco Mann. Now at the age of 69, Naomi Shelton leads the group, drawing from influences such as Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin to create the perfect blend of gospel and soul.

Although Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens have been active since 1999 it wasn’t until 2009 that their debut album What Have You Done, My Brother? was released. Despite being the first full-length release of Shelton’s career, the album quickly gained international recognition and her confident energy, experience and soul still shines through each and every one of her performances.

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens Webpage