In the summer of 2008 and 2009, Resa taught Blues Singing during Country Blues Week at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA. She has also been an assistant instructor at Augusta's "Blues Week" gospel miniclass (Elkins, WV). In 2010, she, along with Jackie Merritt, was accepted into the Library of Congress "Americana Women: Roots Musicians - Women's Tales and Tunes" as part of the MusicBox Project collection (some of which has been catalogued in the American Folklife Center).

RESA LYNNE GIBBS

VOCALIST
PERCUSSIONIST
Resa Gibbs

Resa Gibbs

In the summer of 2008 and 2009, Resa taught Blues Singing during Country Blues Week at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA. She has also been an assistant instructor at Augusta's "Blues Week" gospel miniclass (Elkins, WV). In 2010, she, along with Jackie Merritt,

was accepted into the Library of Congress "Americana Women: Roots Musicians - Women's Tales and Tunes" as part of the MusicBox Project collection (some of which has been catalogued in the American Folklife Center).

Resa Gibbs - lead vocalist and percussionist for M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio (a trio steeped in the Piedmont Blues tradition), is known for her warm, soulful and heartfelt sound. A sought-after vocal instructor, she was honored by the opportunity to instruct/lead blues vocal performance classes at Augusta Heritage Center's Blues & Swing Week in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Resa has made vocal contributions including backing vocals on several award-winning singer/songwriter's albums/CDs. Most notable, she sang background vocals on Gaye Adegbalola's Bitter Sweet Blues CD, produced by Rory Block and recorded by Alligator Records.

 

On the 2008 CD project by Gaye Adegbalola entitled Gaye Without Shame, Resa sang a featured duet with Gaye and added backing vocals to several tracks. This CD was produced by Blues Music Award winner, Bob Margolin. She performed with Gaye, Bob Margolin, Jason Ricci and other nominated artists at the 2009 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Resa also contributed background vocals on award-winning singer/songwriter, Julie Clark's Feel Free and Change Your Mind. Resa’s latest vocal contributions include backing vocals on Lawrence Lambert's Soul Folk, 2012; Bobby "BlackHat" Walters' Hot Blues Mess, 2014; Karl Werne's This Little Notebook, 2015; Roddy Barnes' ODD, 2015; and Kim Capps' uplifting CD Together, We Rise, released in October 2017, which was produced by Resa who also guided vocal arrangements. In Feb. 2018, Resa provided vocals and vocal arrangements for Bobby "Blackhat" Walters' chilling single, "Run Baby Run." With a focus on fundamental humanity, this song is a desperate plea to stop the slaughter of mass shootings. The Griot by Gaye Adegbalola was released in the fall of 2019, in which Resa contributed a chant and backing vocals. In 2020, she collaborated with the musical and videographical talents of Luca Burgalassi as well as provided vocal and arrangement contributions on Bobby “Blackhat” Walters’ tribute song to VP Kamala Harris.
 

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Excerpt from an article on Acoustic, Folk and Country Blues (June 18, 2015):


'The lead singer Resa Gibbs is not just one of the best singers in the Piedmont region, but in the blues today, period. Part church gospel, spiritual, blues and soul, she has the voice that enthralls so powerfully it would take a heart of stone not to be moved....'


-- Frank Matheis