Zakiya Hooker

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Zakiya Hooker is familiar with the blues. She had a front-row seat to view the best the genre had to offer, right in her own living room. Her dad was renowned blues giant John Lee Hooker. To be the daughter of a Living Legend is a major obstacle.  To choose to follow in his footsteps is a major undertaking. But rather than relying on her father, Zakiya has pursued life – and music – on her own terms, overcoming personal tragedy and skepticism along the way.

A strong and versatile vocalist, she has carved out a market for herself.  She is a regal combination of sass and soul.  Unlike her late father, who was the most rural-sounding major blues artist of the post-war era, Zakiya is a decidedly urbane stylist whose dusky alto tones, clear enunciation, and subdued phrasing bring Peggy Lee somewhat to mind. Ms. Hooker’s cool, straight-forward singing is in sharp contrast to the hot blues playing that surrounds her onstage.

Zakiya Hooker has a beautiful voice and she puts on a witty, funny, emotional and most of all entertaining show. You know what they say… “the fruit never falls too far from the tree.” This certainly rings true with Zakiya.

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