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For the past 25 years, Freddye Stover aka Miss Freddye has been singing the blues throughout her Western Pennsylvania hometown of Pittsburgh. From barrooms and nightclubs, to charity events, VFWs and American Legions, Miss Freddye is often recognized as the town’s Leading Lady of the Blues. In fact, she has also been recognized on the national music scene with two Blues Foundation Awards nominations for her 2017 album, Lady Of The Blues.
Now, Miss Freddye is taking listeners to church with her gospel single, “Wade In The Water.” The single is a departure for Miss Freddye, a return to her early roots of singing in the church. “Wade In The Water” was produced by Mike Morgan, arranged by Nashville’s Jay Vernali and released on MMM Records. It features Kim Parent on backing vocals. The track is the lead single from her forthcoming gospel album, due for Spring 2021 release. “Wade In The Water” is available on all major digital platforms.
What people are saying...
“Highly recommended!” — Blues Blast Magazine
“To hear Freddye Stover sing the blues is to be transported to another place and time” — TribLive
“Astonishingly good…Miss Freddye’s vocal range, phrasing and voice is inspired” — Bluesapocalypse
Listen to Miss Freddye's single: Wade In The Water
Producer - Mike Morgan
Arrangement - Jay Vernali
Backup vocals - Kim Parent
Label - MMM
When Freddye Stover learned she had breast cancer in 1998, the tears flowed.“Receiving the ‘C’ diagnosis is heartbreaking,” said Stover, known in the regional music scene as “Miss Freddye.” “I cried for 24 hours straight. I went to bed crying. I woke up crying. I cried in the shower. I asked, ‘How much time do I have to live? Do I need to write a will?’ ”
And then, the second time, I knew right away it was back. I was determined to fight it again.”
And she did, in 2004.
Whether battling cancer, singing the blues, doting on her two grown sons — one who is on the autism spectrum — or holding the hand of a patient who just received devastating news, Stover remains positive.
That attitude helped her endure breast cancer twice.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stover said she thinks about all those dealing with breast cancer and the feelings of uncertainty and pain. She says to surround yourself with people who love you and want to take the journey with you. And pray.
“There will be ups and downs, because cancer is wicked,” the Ross resident said. “I have cared for cancer patients but, when you’ve gone through it yourself, you really, fully understand what it is like.”
Singing the Chicago style blues since 1996, I have become known as "Pittsburgh's Lady of the Blues!" My influences are Delta and Chicago style blues, from artists like Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughn, Denise Lasalle, and Memphis Minnie.
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