Personnel: Vesta (background vocals); Derrick Cummings, Randy Bowland, Wayne Bruce, Rhon Lawrence (guitar); Marty Q (saxophone); Isaac Clemon (background vocals).
Vesta’s intensely rich, earthy and soulful voice combined with her intelligent, thoughtful and often playful phrasing drive home the lyrics of any song she sings. She says, “I don’t think people will expect to hear me sing all the different styles featured on Distant Lover. I hope to shock people when they learn that these are not only songs that I love but also ones that I can actually sing and capture the essence of all the incredible artists who sang them!”
Vesta has had the privilege of collaborating with such diverse artists as Anita Baker (“Rapture”), Jermaine Jackson (“Precious Moments”), Jeffrey Osborne (“Emotional”), Stephanie Mills (“If I Were Your Woman”), Gladys Knight (“Good Woman”), Najee (“I’ll Be Good To You”) and Sting (“Nothing Like The Sun”) among many others. She also toured as the lead vocalist with the Crusaders and as a backup singer with Chaka Khan. In addition to using her voice as a singer, Vesta has worked extensively as a voice-over artist doing jingles in commercials for such notable products as McDonald’s, Diet Coke, Honda and Revlon Cosmetics. Vesta also contributed to the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning movie Mississippi Burning starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe. She sang a riveting Mahalia Jackson-like performance of the song “Try Jesus.” She made her acting debut in the major motion picture Posse directed by Mario Van Peebles. She portrayed the Mae West-like saloon singer, Vera, in the film. Her songs “Tell Me” and Ride of Your Life” were highlighted in the film’s soundtrack. To add to Vesta’s credits, she has also appeared on the TV sitcom Sister Sister, playing the reoccurring role of “Monica.”