With her remarkable twin disc recording, Feather/Step Lightly, Felicia Carter gives an affectionate nod to the double vinyl LP. The double CD format allows Carter to defy songwriting genres on Feather, while showcasing her finesse with traditional jazz and blues on Step Lightly. The album features a dynamic, all-star rhythm section of Carter’s jazz fellows; pianist Bob Butta, bassist Amy Shook, drummer Frank Russo, and guitarist Donato Soviero. Providing additional instrumentation are special guest players on harp, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, as well as Carter’s own layered vocal harmonies for selected tracks. The Feather/Step Lightly sessions took place in early 2007 at NPR Studios in Washington DC.
Originally from D.C., Baltimore vocalist Felicia Carter has earned accolades from audiences, musicians, and critics for her “immaculate pipes” and dramatic song delivery. Her debut jazz recording, In the Pink...& Songs in Blue was released in 2001. In 2003, Carter was composer and lyricist for Dipteracon, an original musical adaptation of Jean Paul Sartre's The Flies which premiered at LaMaMa ETC in Manhattan. The Unified Jazz Ensemble featured Ms. Carter on their 2005 release, Live at 49 West. From this recording, the track “Makin’ Whoopee” was culled for inclusion on Baltimore Jazz Alliance’s 2006 compilation CD, Jazzscapes. In 2007, she was invited to perform in Chile with the Tony Martucci Quartet at the first annual Jazz y Vino Festival. As a member of the Sistas Can Sang! ensemble, she has appeared at numerous venues, including Martin Luther King International Chapel. Recently, she collaborated with bassist/composer Amy Shook, writing music and lyrics for a television documentary on the B&O Railroad, which premiered on WETA (DC public television) in March of 2008.