World-renowned hip hop soul artist Kofy Brown combines her unique thumping, plucking erotic bass styling with grooving tones. Commanding and graceful, drummer ieela Grant, backbone and founder of the Sistas, is anchoring the Pit down, keeping them tight and rockin' steady. Bewitching and vocally soulful, Shelley Doty, a masterful guitarist, rounds out this electrifying trio.
Together, the Sistas play some mighty sexy rock ... black girl style.
Inspired by the eclectic likes of Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Prince, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holliday, Captain & Tennille, Salt-n-Peppa, Pink Floyd and Nina Simone, Sistas in the Pit began collaborating on their persuasive rock and soul rhythms in 2003. Each member fearlessly writes, composes, co creates and sings the rich vocal harmonies and deeply rousing lyrics, linking rock 'n' roll back to the blues. From the Bay Area to Shanghai and Switzerland to Boston in just a little over 4 years, the Sistas have had the pleasure of sharing the stage, both nationally and internationally, with such notables as Macy Gray, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Banyan's Stephen Perkins & Mike Watt's, The Butchies, Tribe 8, DOS, and Bad Brains.
Two albums later and high off the 2010 release of their single, "It Gets Better" for the It Gets Better Project, Sistas in the Pit are excitedly working on their third album to be released in 2011.
Adventurous and dynamic, these women embody Afro-punk, soul and rock. Skillful musicianship paired with raw, deliciously electric performances, Sistas in the Pit are breaking stereotypes and challenging the social expectations of black women everywhere when they sing, "Black girl rockin' the microphone/No place to call her own ... Should we stay or should we run and hide. In the words of Jello [Biafra] "I don't know any other all-black-girl rock 'n' roll band."
So we ask ... do you?