If you thought that black women only sing jazz, R&B and soul, you’re definitely wrong. Black women can be found in a wide range of music genres, including rock! You heard me right! There are black women in the rock scene and we can’t help but be proud of them.
We’ll take a look at six of them below. Be sure to check out their music, you might just find you like it!
1. Alexis Brown
Alexis Brown is the vocalist and songwriter for the Tennessee metal band, Straight Line Stitch. She joined the band in 2003 and has never looked back since then. Don’t be fooled by her looks, She pulls off a death metal voice range with ease.
However, her real voice is much different from the one she uses to sing in the band. As a matter of fact, she initially wanted to be an r&b singer but felt that she couldn’t write music for that genre.
It’s hard to image how the group would be without her. Listen to her amazing vocals in their song, Black Veil.
2. Big Joanie, A Black Punk Rock Girl Group
Big Joanie is a unique punk band that consists of black women only. The three women in this band are Steph on guitar, Chardine on drums and Kiera on bass.
They share the vocals to come up with amazing punk. The three women have a strong message that goes along with their music. They talk about the black punk bands and artists who’ve influenced them and girl love.
One of their songs, Crooked Room, talks about self-esteem issues black women face in a world that looks down on them.
3. Tamar Kali, An African American Female Rock Star
Tamar Kali is a one of a kind artist. She is the leader of her own rock band that specializes in strong black punk with a soulful edge. Although she is from Brooklyn, Tamar found her way into Song of Seven and Funkface bands before venturing into a solo career.
Her music is packed with afrocentricity, feminist politics and revolution. Listening to Tamar will enchant you and keep you glued till the very end.
4. Militia Vox
Militia Vox is well known in the metal world for her unparalleled talent, mesmerizing voice and raw power. She was the front woman for the bands Swear On Your Life and Judas Priestess.
She has also been a host of shows like MTV2 and Fuse. In 2013, she began her journey as a solo metal artist and has released several albums since then.
These include ISOSCELES and THE VILLAINESS. You need to listen to her rock to experience her high-energy, throbbing collection of metal music.
5. Black Female Rock Musician Brittany Howard
Brittany Howard is the guitarist and lead vocalist of the Alabama shakes band and Thunderbitch band. She used to work as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service mail carrier before venturing into a full-time music career.
Her superb vocals can only be compared to those of great artists such as Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. Howard and her band have received several Grammy nominations for their albums, Boys & Girls and Sound & Color.
Brittany Howard is in the rock scene to stay. We can expect to see much from her in future.
6. Shingai Shoniwa, A Famous African English Rockstar
Shingai Shoniwa formed the rock band, the Noisettes back in 2013 together with her band mates. Since then, it has been a journey of exploring rock music.
Before forming the band, she provided vocal backing for different artists in the indie rock, punk and electronic genres. As a teenager, she learned circus skills which is probably why she’s so colorful on stage.
She often performs barefoot and with colorful fashion choices. To top it all, she has been described as “a living, breathing manifestation of the rock & roll spirit” by Rolling Stone magazine. See her perform on this Noisette’s live performance.
These 6 Female African-American Rock Stars Will Rock Your World
These black women are proof that you can be anything you want in life, even a rock star! Feel free to tell us your favorite black female rock star and mention more that aren’t on this list in the comment section.