A resident of Atlanta since 1997, Sauda has performed
with a number of bands and has appeared on the CDs of some of the city's
hottest poets and artists, including Steven Charles, Antoine Knight, dj serge
negri, Abyss and Eddie Oliver, as well as on Koni Lee's debut jazz CD. She
performed with New Kids on the Block and opened for the Japan chart-topping duo
Slick & Rose. She has been featured at Atlanta's best-known jazz and soul
nightspots, such as Apache Cafe, Andrew's Upstairs, Javaology, The Jazz Loft, The
Earl and Soul Sista's Juke Joint. She has also made several appearances at such
popular nightclubs as Red Light Cafe, Vinyl, Cafe 290, Smith's Olde Bar also
the Airlounge in Oakland California, and The WineUp in Charlotte, NC.
Her life journey has taken Sauda to two continents. Born in Portland, Oregon,
she grew up in Liberia, West Africa, returning to complete high school in the
U.S. She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in
Greensboro with a degree in Psychology. Having sung all her life in church,
school choirs and for her own enjoyment, she decided to turn her passion into a
vocation. She relocated to Atlanta, began classical training and started
actively pursuing a career in music.
Sauda cites as her inspiration legends such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Whitney
Houston, Sade, Minnie Ripperton, Miles Davis, Eva Cassidy and Stevie
Wonder. Most of all, she attributes both inherited talent and her
irrefutable love of the art of good music to her father. She pays tribute
to each of them in her unique style and expression. These influences, together
with her travels and multi-cultural experiences, are readily apparent in her
moving debut CD, "Growin' Pains," released in 2005.