Chief Cleopatra/Luna/Park The Van

CHIEF CLEOPATRA – Luna (Park The Van)

Austin, TX

Raised in Corsicana, Texas, Jalesa Jessie, aka Chief Cleopatra, grew up feeling stifled by the limitations of her rural environment. In a small town best known for producing honky-tonk songwriter Lefty Frizzell and a “world famous fruitcake,” according to Jessie, she always felt like an outsider. Surrounded by gospel music, Jessie’s first foray into music was the piano, from there she picked up some drumsticks, and then she dove deeper into gospel and soul, but also her newfound interest in rock’n’roll: Talking Heads, Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin. Luna also finds Cleo exploring psychedelic soul and more experimental instrumentation, with featured production by singer/songwriter Walker Lukens and performances by Curtis Roush and Jack O’Brien (The Bright Light Social Hour).

RIYL: Santigold, Blood Orange, Thundercat

Start w/ #1, #2, #3 | FCC ON #4, #5


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