Daughter of the Blues
Singer, Entertainer, and Storyteller
Shirley King, also known as the Daughter of the Blues, is the eldest daughter of Blues legend B.B. King and the only one of his children to grow up with the King family. She began singing in the church choir at age 9 and met her role model Etta James at 13. She was always in awe of her father and eventually followed him into show business. She often performed onstage with him and they shared a close relationship during her adult years.
After moving to Chicago as a teenager, she began dancing in downtown clubs as the city grew into a mecca for Blues performers. She appeared in several local productions and a movie called The Human Tornado. She became the top dancer in the city and worked with hundreds of singers and musicians.
Shirley began singing professionally in 1990 and became a regular performer at the legendary Kingston Mines club. Two years later she released her first CD “Jump through My Keyhole” on the Japanese GBW label. She has toured extensively in the US and overseas. While she is creating her own act, she often performs at tributes and festivals dedicated to her father. She has become known for her energetic and humorous onstage persona, and her overseas bookings are usually attended by thousands of Blues fans.
She is currently touring in the US and overseas, working on a CD of new music, and promoting her book Love Is King available now!