Photo © Peter M. Hurley

One of the great highlights of last June’s Chicago Blues Festival was seeing and hearing ANNIKA CHAMBERS and her bandleader husband Paul DesLauriers blow the lid off the Pritzker Pavilion. Their rendition of The Allman brothers’ “Whipping Post” was a show-stopper. Annika’s bio from her WEBSITE with DesLauriers included below.
-Peter M. Hurley

Houston Texas native, Annika Chambers, like most great American singers, began singing as a child in the Southern Baptist Church. Though Gospel music is her mother tongue, it is in the Blues that she found her true voice, and what a voice it is! She is the 2022 Blues Music Award Winner for Soul-Blues Female Artist of the Year. After winning her first Blues Music Award for Soul-Blues female Artist of the Year in 2019, she gave us her third release titled “Kiss My Sass” on the VizzTone Label Group. It debuted at #4 on the Billboard Blues Chart and won the 2020 Living Blues award for Best Southern Soul album. Annika performs regularly at the top Blues festivals across North and South America, as well as Europe.

Photo © Peter M. Hurley / Chicago Blues Festival, June 2022

Mr. Hurley is a contributing photographer and writer for Living Blues Magazine and the staff photographer for Chicago Blues Network. His recent book Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago, in collaboration with Blues historian and author David Whiteis, showcases his work in the field. His passion for blues music began with a 6th grade dance party discovery of Bo Diddley which led to Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and so on. It continues to this day. VISIT PETER’S WEBSITE HERE.