“They hear it come out, but they don’t know how it got there. They don’t understand that’s life’s way of talking. You don’t sing to feel better. You sing ’cause that’s a way of understanding life.”
~ Ma Rainey
Blues is the core to American music. Every genre following the creation of Blues is a derivative of this soulful art. Blues has shaped generations of music, creating a blueprint for all American artists to come. A notable pioneer of Blues, Ma Rainey the “Mother of Blues”, was a powerhouse performer of the 20th century.
Ma Rainey is a born and raised Georgian, who began her career in the Springer Opera House. Rainey gained her success through her undeniable talent. Separating herself from her acclaimed husband, Ma made her own name in Blues after recording for the Paramount label in 1923(Biography Editors). Starring in a Paramount tour Ma’s national recognition came after she trail-blazed the tour with her stunning display of artistry.
There’s an upcoming movie showcasing the talents of Ma Rainey and her success. Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, star in the film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, premiering on Netflix. This film will allow this generation to learn and appreciate a woman who has made a significant impact on American music. Rainey’s legacy will prevail with this gem Netflix is providing and will continue to show the world the impact of Ma Rainey.