|EDYE EVANS HYDE (Sarah): Edye Evans Hyde has been performing jazz, blues and pop music for over 20 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles and Asia. Edye has shared the stage with world renowned blues singer Linda Hopkins, pop singer Michael Bolton, actress Connie Stevens, as well as some of LA’s finest musicians. She has just recently opened for the incredible Ray Charles and Arturol Sandoval Her theatrical performances have included principle roles in Dream Girls, Ain’t Misbehavin, Smokey Joe’s Café, Little Shop of Horrors, Blues For an Alabama Sky, Nunsense, Barnum (with) Peter Scolari, as well as an unforgettable portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Edye has also appeared with The West Shore Symphony performing songs from her acclaimed CD “Girl Talk”, as well as the Grand Rapids Symphony. She has just released her new CD “A Lady With A Song.” Like most African Americans, my African ancestry is not really known. As far back as I can go is the 1800’s when most of my family lived in the South. Primarily the Carolinas and Tennessee. Many of my relatives, including my parents, moved north to find better jobs and the promise of opportunity. Many of them settled mainly in the Midwest and found work in the automotive industry and education. During the 1960’s when the southern schools systems were desegregating, many black teachers lost their jobs, at the same time northern schools were lacking in minority teachers. So, my parents moved to Grand Rapids to find work as teachers in the Grand Rapids School system. Some of my family members settled in Detroit and Flint. Others made their way to the coasts of sunny California and New York. Every 2 years my mother’s family holds a reunion. This is a time to share our history with each other. I feel blessed to have this opportunity because I know that my history is apart of America’s history.
Edye Evans Hyde Girl Talk