Diunna Greenleaf

Saturday 8 April

Houston, Texas native Diunna Greenleaf has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and her own parents, gospel musicians Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf, the singer has been leading her band Blue Mercy for many years. She’s recorded four albums, the latest being 2022’s I Ain’t Playin’. Greenleaf combines jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create her own kind of blues. The latter is in her blood, both on and off stage: she was the first female President of the Houston Blues Society and initiated the now annual Houston Blues Society Founders Day.

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