Soul singer Thrasher performs at the Dream Café

Sibel Thrasher and her four-piece band bring a Tribute to the Vocal Beauties of Song to Penticton.

Jazz, R&B, gospel and soul music are big parts of Sibel Thrasher’s life; so much so, you might say it runs through her veins. “My mother said I came out singing,” said the Vancouver-based artist. “And I’ve been singing all my life.”

Thrasher is bringing a four-piece band with her to the Dream Café on Friday, May 17 in Penticton.

Admiration for legendary singers Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and others encouraged her to put together her own show, entitled Tribute to the Vocal Beauties of Song.

Thrasher studio credits include recording with everyone from Donna Summer and Long John Baldry, to Roy Ayres and Linton Garner. Besides touring the world with the Platters, she’s also opened for R&B legend Etta James, and has received many accolades along the way.

It’s that enthusiasm for music that Thrasher has brought to everything she’s done over the years.

“I want people to feel my soul through their soul,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been blessed and I want to sing until my last breath.”

A sampling of some of the songs Thrasher will cover include Holiday’s (and Smith’s) Ain’t Nobody’s Business, and classics such as All of Me, Stormy Weather and Wonderful World. Tickets to her May 17  show are $24.