The Biography of Sparlha Swa

Sparlha Swa offers us a Folk/Soul/Alternative music that is honest and evocative. Mixing impeccable vocals and haunted modal chords, her songs speak to and about the human spirit.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the artist pulls her inspiration from around the globe with mentors like Sade, Billie Holiday, Astrud Gilberto, Miriam Makeba and Ravi Shankar.

Music has carried this songstress far and wide, with tours to Hawaii, Canada, the UK, Paris, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, and all across the US. In NYC, she has headlined with a full band at the Blue Note Jazz Cafe, Joe's Pub, and BAM Cafe all to audiences of standing room only.

Notable musical landmarks include landing a lead role in the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway piece Fela! Directed by Bill T. Jones. The show won 3 Lucille awards, 5 Audelco awards, and has been nominated for Drama Desk as well. Sparlha worked with Japanese label Village Again to release her debut album In The Distance in Tokyo, had 2 songs licensed (Love Addiction, Too Late) to the TV show Girlfriends, and her music video aired on BETJ globally for 6 months. She has written score music for several independent films, including the award winning Pariah which was released by Focus Features in Dec ’11.

Sparlha has opened for or/shared the stage with Bilal, Fertile Ground, DJ Giles Petersen, Wumni, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Somi, Zion I, Tamar Kali, N'Dea Davenport, Anthony David, Imani Uzuri, Angela Johnson, Maya Azucena, Martin Luther, Cody Chestnutt, Burnt Sugar, Junior Kelly, Paula Fuga & Doda.

She has also featured on several compilations including the B. Hive’s Project Vote (’08), LOVE (‘08), the Souls of Poor Folk (’07), ONE with Pete Rock (’05), and the Woodstock Film Festival Soundtrack CD (’04).

Her discography includes a debut studio album entitled “In the Distance" released in ’04, a live record released in March of ’08 called “LIVE from NYC" and an ’03 recorded demo of home-recordings entitled “Uprising". She is currently at work on her second studio album titled "Moongazing".