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Australian singer Essie Thomas brings her sound to the Bay

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Singer Essie Thomas

Growing up in Australia, singer Essie Thomas began channeling her feelings into her music. She projects her lyrics with a soulful husky voice, over a blend of roots and blues. You hear this in her album Hearts on the Table. Essie has performed at big music festivals in Australia and is getting her sound out in her new home--the Bay Area. See her perform at the Hayward Farmers Market on Saturday Nov 20th.

When I'm upset I'm allowed to pick up my guitar. I can find solace in that. Music has really saved me in that way.
Essie Thomas

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.