SANDY ATKINSON / SANDY ATKINSON AND THE TRUE LOVES
- Sandy Atkinson (lead vocals, guitar)
- Cannon Quinn
- Dean Germain
- Vince Warren
- Dennis McCarthy
- Ben Sudano
- Phil Christman
- Scott Myers (sax)
- Frank Bowman (trombone)
Sandy Atkinson was inspired to sing by her Mom who was a big Elvis fan, Atkinson, while on a cruise with her parents at the age of 4, asked the band if she could sing. The band accepted and she danced and sang Blue Suede Shoes. The crowd loved her. She was never shy about being on stage and she often sang in church.
She started writing at 14 when she got her first guitar. She didn't start performing professionally until she moved to Florida in 94 where she met some great musicians who liked her songs and in 95 she released her first CD.
Atkinson is known for her diversity in writing and vocal styles. She has toured in the US and Norway and been a guest on radio shows nationally and internationally. While she is most often booked as a Blues Artist her songs also include flavors of Rock, Americana and sometimes a bit of jazz. She says: "When a song comes to me it brings its own style and I just go with it." She has released several CD’s, and works solo or duo for small, intimate events, but prefers working with her band, The True Loves; a group of seasoned professionals including Cannon Quinn, Dean Germain and Ben Sudano.
Atkinson has opened for artists including Sue Foley, Chris Duarte, Tinsley Ellis and shared the stage with Bob Margolin.
One of her songs, "Cook In Your Kitchen" was chosen by Duke Robillard for an artist he produced a CD for, Sunny Crownover.
Locally, she does charity events for Domestic Violence Shelters, Children's organizations and the local Public Radio station, WMNF. She chaired the Suncoast Blues Society's Blues in the Schools program for 4 years (2001-2005).
Atkinson was selected to represent the Suncoast Blues Society in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in 2013.
Atkinson hosted and produced “Gator Blues & News” a one hour talk/music TV show that featured local area blues artists.
Atkinson has performed at the House Of Blues in Orlando, the Hell Blues Fest in Norway, the New Hampshire Blues Fest, the Women In Blues Fest in North Carolina, the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, the Buckingham Blues Fest in Ft. Myers, Rib Fest in St. Petersburg, Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, and the Sarasota Blues Fest in Sarasota.
Influences include Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, Mahalia Jackson and Ray Charles.
Norman Darwin, Blues In Britain: "She is a powerful vocalist and a gifted songwriter."
Why Baby Why
Million Dollar Baby
From There To Here
Sandy Atkinson and the True Loves
Christmas Songs, Tales & Fables