some great press from Shannon at the Silver City Sun News
Shannon at the Silver City Sun News put together a sweet article about my show at Yankee Creek Coffee House.
Randolph to perform at Yankie Creek Coffee House
SILVER CITY – Local musician Erika May Randolph will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday at Yankie Creek Coffee House, 112 W. Yankie Street in Silver City.
“For this performance, I’ve decided to play all original songs,” says Randolph. A musician since childhood, Randolph keeps audiences entertained with her unique combination of vocals, flute and cello.
“I’ll debut several new songs which feature looping the cello, and improvising with the flute,” she says. “As an added feature, Eileen Sullivan will join me to play some Irish fiddle tunes in honor of St Patrick’s Day.”
“Sunday’s performance is very personal to me,” Randolph notes. “Rather than my usual lighthearted romp through jazz standards, this concert will concentrate on original songs. I will be debuting several new songs that haven’t been heard in public before, as well as songs from the artist-in-residence program I completed in Steelville, Missouri, which have not been performed in Silver City.”
Randolph has been a Silver City resident since 2005. “I first performed at the Twisted Vine in a jazz trio with Michele Parlee and Byron Trammel,” she says. “This trio performed every Sunday for about 9 months.”
“Erika is an adventurous and fun singer, songwriter and performer,” says musician Azaima Anderson. “Her audience can’t help but enjoy the ride. Her over-the-top vocals channel Blossom Dearie and other jazz greats. When she’s playing jazz standards, she chooses the best of the American songbook. When she plays originals, her subjects take you around the world and back.”
Randolph has released several recordings, including “Cat in a Hat,” “Scenes in Dreams” and “La Luna Ladina,” which features songs from Sephardic, Renaissance and medieval sources. She was an ACLU song competition finalist for the song “Borderland,” and received an honorable mention from the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association for “A Scene in Your Show.”
“Erika May is a very gifted singer and songwriter whose music is soulful in the most delightful and unexpected ways,” says Jennifer Stroehmann of Silver City. “She combines playfulness with off-beat jazziness in a way that brings ‘cool’ to a whole new level.”
“Erika is not only a skilled musician, but an artist,” says Zoe Wolfe, a dancer who will be performing with Randolph at 2:30 p.m. March 20 at the Lotus Center in Silver City. “Be prepared to be engaged. Her sound is unique, inspiring and satisfying,”
Using her training, degrees and experience to teach others, Randolph has been an adjunct instructor with the Western New Mexico University Music Department, and also taught music appreciation and served as a vocal coach. She currently provides private cello and flute instruction.
In addition to being a professional musician, Randolph is also a therapist. “Music took a back seat while completing my studies and consequently landing the position of therapist at El Refugio,” she says. Further information about Randolph’s therapeutic work is available at the HeartSong Therapy website, heartsongtherapy.com.