Nora Jean Wallace - EVA
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Nora Jean Wallace
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Chicago, IL, USA
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Nora Jean Wallace (formerly Nora Jean Bruso) is a Chicago Blues singer with deep Delta roots. Like so many blues greats that hail from the Delta of Mississippi, Nora Jean Bruso was born and raised in Greenwood, a town in the heart of this blues-rich region. Nora’s big break came in 1985 when Jimmy Dawkins saw her perform at a local Chicago club and invited her to join his band. For the next seven years Nora toured and recorded with Jimmy and his band and appeared on two of his CDs, Feel the Blues (JSP, 1985 & 2002 with a bonus NJB track) and Can’t Shake These Blues (Earwig, 1991). She also released a single, “Untrue Lover” (Leric, 1982) and her first solo release in 2002, Nora Jean Bruso Sings the Blues (Red Hurricane). While touring Europe, Canada, and the United States, Nora refined her performing skills and developed an international fan base. She appeared on many major festivals including the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AK, the Chicago Blues Festival and so many more.
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“Nora Jean sounds just like I did when I was her age. She is one of the new upcoming women that’s singing the real blues. I know she is going to make it.”
Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry
honoring Nora as one of the ten great women in Chicago Blues - -
"There is talk of Nora Jean as the next Queen of the Blues.”
Tom Hyslop
Blues Revue - -
“Nora Jean sings the hell out of the blues.”
Blues in Britain
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"With a voice as big as hers Nora Jean is definitely a strong contender to inherit the title of Queen of the Blues."
Michael Cloeren
Pocono Blues Festival - Director
"Nora’s debut CD is a testament to her show-stopping, jaw-dropping live performances. She excels in traditional Blues but also is very competent with soul ballads and gospel-infused classics.”