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Lydia Dudley

Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz and gospel pianist and singer living in the Raleigh Durham area. Her first exposure to music came from the local Baptist church in Cleveland Ohio which was instrumental in providing experience in playing for various groups of children and adults. In 2003 she branched out into another genre of music under the guidance of her mentors Professor Ed Paolantonio and Dr. Stephen Anderson releasing her first single entitled “Green” in 2008, and her composition “Sunsets” which was featured on UNC-Chapel Hill’s project TENOR VIBE in 2010. Her nonprofit organization The Salett Art Center, Inc. is geared to served at risk youth by provide music education that empowers each individual to express their own voice. She currently sits on board of The Heart of Carolina Jazz organization. Her most memorable performance was at the childhood home of Nina Simone in Tryon, NC, which was declared a national treasure in 2018. Her band Jazz Xpressions consist of music educators and performers and can be seen performing at various festivals, public and private venues. The band has released several projects including; Jazz Xpressions, which is comprised of uniquely arranged jazz standards released in September 2019. This Is Christmas, a holiday project, released in December 2019 is comprised of traditional holiday standards, hymns and original compositions. Her recent 2020 single 'WHATCHA GONNA SAY' was featured in the NY Times magazine

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NY Times 09.13.2020 - “Lydia Salett Dudley commissioned a clip with similarly vivid imagery for “Whatcha Gonna Say?,” a funky song released this summer that commands listeners to speak out about inequality or face the consequences of inaction today and in the afterlife”

BlackNews.Com 09.25.2020 - “The complementary music video to “Whatcha Gonna Say?” showcases scenes from some of today’s most troubling events while asking the viewer what their response will be. Flaunting a catchy hook, a memorable groove and a riveting band, “Whatcha Gonna Say?” could easily become an inspirational anthem”.

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