Rosetta Tharpe was a popular gospel singer in the 30's and 40’s. She had the first gospel record to crossover, becoming a hit on the "race records" chart. She was also known as "the original soul sister" and the "Godmother of Rock and Roll.” Her unique guitar playing used heavy distortion giving rise to electric blues and rock. Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Tina Turner all said they were influenced by her revolutionary style.
This painting is part of a series: Noted in Red White & Blues
The Kings, Queens, Godmothers and Godfathers, Sisters and Brothers of American music. These pioneers have influenced generations of singers and musicians. It is in these paintings and during this time of uncertainty, I wanted to capture their essence, beauty, and strength.