CoCo has been pouring out her own special brew of has been pouring out her own special brew of Straight-Ahead Swinging Jazz in a Soulful way for audiences around the globe for almost 20 years. Previous Residencies at various 5 Star hotels/venues have included The Shangri-la China World Summit Wing Hotel in Beijing, CJW Jazz & Blues Bar in Shanghai, The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland, as well as festivals and private events around the globe!
Some say it started at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City where many of the legends of Soul music made a name for themselves. However, there is only one name that truly mattered to her... Ella Fitzgerald!
Others say it was the talent competitions and pageants she entered in as a young girl that gave her the stage confidence she needed allowing her to win the biggest pageant of her lifetime. Coco was crowned Miss H.D. Woodson Sr. High School Queen of 1984!
However, those that knew her growing up in the capitol city of the United States of America--Washington, DC as Debra Worsley, knew by the tender age of 4 that she would be a star. She began simply by imitating the sounds that came from her talented mother--who inspires her daily before hitting the stage.
She joined the Concert Choir in Jr. High school and worked most Summers in Musical Theater. That prepared her for a new chapter in her career --CABARET! The Concert choir taught her harmony. Musical Theater taugt her acting. Cabaret taugt her how to have an intimate relationship with audiences.
New York was also the place where Coco discovered Jazz. She was hired as the Lead Female Vocalist with The Jerry Kravat NY Orchestra (Tribeca Rhythm) for New York's high society weddings and corporate events in Manhattan's most prestigious hotels, restaurants and landmarks.
After receiving offers to sing in Europe, she began a great adventure that would lead her to some of the countries where Jazz legends and Soul singers had performed decades before her.
Labeled "The Soulful Songstress" early into her career, she has never lost her way in the music. Coco has been Steady, Soulful, Sassy, Sophisticated and S'wonderful!