There’s a quiet storm in Kansas City. And it swirls around the captivating, elegant, mystifying and delightful music of singer Ida McBeth.
Ida’s musical style is so unique that it is hard to classify. Over the years, her repertoire has included pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known standards.
Critics have described her as “a jazz singer,” “a blues singer,” “a pop singer” and “a cabaret singer.” Still others have referred to her as “a story teller,” “a professor emeritus of body language,” “a consummate actress” and “the complete entertainer.” A song stylist is the title Ida prefers.
By the age of five, Ida McBeth knew she wanted to be a singer. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Ida was provided early exposure to a variety of talented vocalists by her mother. These singers included such greats as Nancy Wilson, Arthur Prysock, Nat King Cole, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight and Sarah Vaughan.
“McBeth can rear back and howl with the best of them, but she comes through most profoundly on her quieter ballads, where you can hear every ripple, catch and inflection in her voice.”–THE KANSAS CITY STAR
“Three words: Fab u lous.”–KC PITCH
“First there’s the voice. No escaping this one. A soul-powered cruise missile aimed straight for the heart…”–THE KANSAS CITY STAR
Bronze Sidewalk Medallion Award Honoree–AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM WALK OF FAME, KANSAS CITY, MO., 2017
Lifetime Achievement Award–AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM, KANSAS CITY, MO., 2016
“Most Favorite Kansas Citizen”–PITCH “BEST OF KANSAS CITY” READER’S POLL, 2000
“Best Female Vocalist”–THE KANSAS CITY/LAWRENCE AREA MUSIC AWARDS 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000