It’s no surprise that Amina Bennett was one of the 2007 Chicago Idol Finalists! She comes to the stage with an array of musical experiences that have contributed to her unique sound and spirited delivery. Her voice has served as an instrument of praise that has extended beyond the sanctuary to the larger Chicago community. She has performed in such venues as Cuatro, Close-up 2, Smoke Daddy, Piece, Duffy’s and the late Cotton Club to name a few. You can also find Amina sharing her gift at private fundraisers and with students and staff in the academic community .
Amina began her musical journey at the young age of five singing Gospel music in the choir and performing soul- stirring duets with her older sister. She grew up in a household where Motown’s greatest hits were musical standards and learned to perfect the crooning and emotional relief that is so evident in the music of that era. Her first introductions to music set the foundation for her love of harmony, syncopation and rhythmic pulses that are characteristic of gospel music. Armed with her Baptist church music experiences, Amina went on to receive private voice lessons in classical music for eight years at Western Reserve Academy, a boarding school in Hudson, Ohio and Carleton College, in Northfield Minnesota. It was Amina’s experience in boarding school learning the trials of independence, perseverance and humility that revealed her true love for music as an art expression. While in academia she remained intrinsically involved in the music scene where her experiences ranged from joining an a cappella group to forming a Gospel Choir. In 2003, Amina’s musical journey led her to the steps of the Jazz scene where she actively fuses her Gospel, Motown, Classical and Jazz experiences into a sound that is all her own.
Since 2004 Amina has been bringing sweet soul to the windy city through public and private appearances. Her stage presence is such that she exudes personality and professionalism, creating a welcoming and “down to earth” atmosphere. She remarks of her performance, “I am just using the gift that God has bestowed upon me. I am so thankful and honored that he has chosen me to be the vessel for such a stirring gift.” It is this same humility and desire to inspire that permeates through Amina’s music to make music lovers feel each note that she bends and live the stories that she reveals in each song. Amina’s voice resonates with passion and purpose. One music lover commented that Amina’s voice is “a breath of fresh air; so soft--yet strong. She can captivate an audience with just one note, and each song is filled with emotion.”
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