Singer, Otilia Donaire came onto the California music scene in 2009, and has been tantalizing Bay Area audiences ever since. Otilia's powerful and gritty vocal style (reminiscent of rock and blues icons Janis Joplin and Koko Taylor) sings with raw depth and emotion, and has the adaptability to equally transition from a power driven rock song to a sultry, blues ballad in making her a crowd favorite. She is an exceptionally dynamic and versatile performer, who is as comfortable belting out hard core, down home blues standards as she is taking on vintage rock ockiand soul classics. Booking a show of strictly blues or a combo of R&B and classic rock, Otilia will custom tailor a show to fit your needs. [Link to playlists] What to expect next? An EP of blues-rock originals recorded at Greaseland Studios in San Jose last May which will be released sometime before the end of the year.
Otilia has a special ability to connect with her audience. Her confident and commanding stage presence, along with the passion and infectious energy she brings to every performance has drawn inspiration from music icons, Tina Turner and Mick Jagger, two of her childhood idols. Otilia consistently delivers a fun and interactive show filled with rock, blues and soul that'll make you want more. One thing you can always count on: when Otilia is singing, people are dancing. [Link to videos]
A native of San Francisco, Otilia began singing at a very young age. As a performer on the local talent show circuit, she realized early on that music was in her blood and that singing was her true calling. Sadly, her vocal talents lay dormant for several decades. She reignited her passion for music some fifteen plus years ago when she first enrolled in San Francisco’s Blue Bear School of Music. There, she was mentored by the late bluesman Johnny Nitro, who helped her refine her vocal abilities and encouraged her to pursue her dreams.
In 2009, Otilia and one of her fellow students at Blue Bear – guitarist Tom Polling – formed the group Against Leo and played the Bay Area music scene for five years including releasing a CD of original blues, rock and country songs, titled “Need Band Will Travel,” in 2011 but disbanded in 2014 at which time Otilia went out on her own.
Otilia’s current project – “Otilia Donaire and The Back Alley Boys” – has her combining her singing talents with some of the Bay Area’s finest rock and blues musicians. You can find Otilia and her bandmates rocking the house at clubs, bars, festivals and parties around San Francisco and beyond. You can catch her monthly show in San Francisco at the famous Condor Club in San Francisco (North Beach). [Link to calendar of upcoming gigs]