Justin Powell 1 p.m., Dec. 13
Sound description: Her music ranges from sultry ballads to sassy sambas, sung with a voice drenched in both whiskey and honey.
RIYL: Etta James, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, Eva Cassidy
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Influences: Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Scorpions, Eva Cassidy, Etta James
Singer Antonia Valdez (Vortex) started writing songs at the age of seven, when she took guitar lessons. That same year she also got her first job modeling. She wrote poetry and stories as a child and did skits with her sister, performing them for her parents. She also sang three part harmony with her mother and sister and took dance lessons.
After switching her focus from theater to music, she traveled with the Dry Martini Orchestra as their torch singer and was known as Blonde Billie Holiday, later singing with gospel and blues groups as well.