In a world where anything is possible—except female groups lasting more than three years—Traces is an all-female quintet that has managed to survive, Yay!!! With their expansive vocal range, vocal dynamics, tight harmonies, “female bass” and hard hitting percussion, this NY based group offers a variety of musical styles and continually push the envelope of female vocals. Their wide range of musical influences—Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Spirituals, Caribbean and African, just to name a few—has lead them to create a unique style all their own. Over the years, the group has had some amazing experiences including singing churches, colleges, prisons and festivals.
TRACES is devoted to bringing Christian music back to the forefront. In a day when all hope seems to be lost, their desire is to follow in the footsteps of Christ; sharing the message of life and love--leaving visible marks for all to see, through their music and lives.
Few people are born with the gift of instantly touching people's hearts with their voice. Azania is one of them. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, this multi-cultural artist was born and raised in the U.S. & in Geneva, Switzerland. From the age of 6 she knew that singing was her calling and loved to see the joy her voice brought to people. "It's a beautiful way to share emotions and connect with people on a deep level" she says.
Azania's powerful voice, captivating energy and positive charisma make her a phenomenal performer and a joy to see on stage. She has performed hundreds of concerts around Europe and in Asia and Africa. "It's always wonderful and fascinating to see how universal music is. It can surpass so many cultural boundaries and speak straight to the soul". She has also been invited to sing in major music venues and festivals, such as the world-renowned Blue Note in New York City and the prestigious Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland. In Paris, she won first prize in the French T.V. competition 'Graines de Star' on M6TV. Broadcast to over 4 million viewers, it was the first French show similar to 'American Idol' and 'X-Factor'.
A true chameleon, Azania loves exploring various facets of her voice in different styles of music. During her 12 years+ of classical opera voice training, she sang in many different bands of not only soul and funk, but also jazz to disco, electro/house to gospel, reggae to musical theater.