Lois Deloatch Gomes

Lois Deloatch Gomes’ career spans nearly three decades in the arts, education and philanthropy. Noted for her rich contralto voice, compelling songwriting, and sophisticated humor, Lois has appeared in concert throughout the United States and internationally, written and lectured on jazz, arts and culture, and co-hosted a radio show. She has produced five recordings as leader: Roots: Jazz/Blues/Spirituals (2010), Closure (2005), Holy Night (2004), Sunrise (1998) and Hymn to Freedom: Homage to Oscar Peterson (2008), which garnered international accolades including selection as one of the Top 10 CDs of 2008 by JazzTimes Magazine’s music critic Owen Cordle.

Her concerts, lectures, and workshops skillfully integrate various musical styles ranging from traditional blues to contemporary jazz compositions. She shared the stage with legendary musicians such as pianist Ellis Marsalis and drummer Ed Thigpen as well as emerging stars.

Often defying genre and category, Lois uses her art to convey ideas, provoke thought and engage audiences. Her performances, writing, and recordings are “courageous and emotional.” A poet and singer since her youth, Lois was nurtured and inspired by her rural, southern upbringing and, over the years, has expanded her artistic pursuits and perspectives with the support of her ever-growing circle of friends and fans around the globe. Collaborating across art forms, Lois works with dancers, visual artists, filmmakers, authors, scholars, and others to conceive and create innovative works.

Lois earned a Bachelor of Arts from UNC–Chapel Hill and the Masters of Arts from Duke University. She has received numerous awards and honors for her musicianship and community service. Among her affiliations, she is a member of the National Academy of Recording Artists and the African American Jazz Caucus. She also has had a notable career as a fundraiser, philanthropy adviser and administrator.

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