Odessa Settles, born and raised in Nashville TN, the only sister of eight, has been on stage most of her life thanks to her singing father. Odessa has served as a multi-genre artist referral entity in Nashville for many years in the areas of vocal and instrumental music, acting, modeling, spoken word, recording projects and short films. Odessa considers herself a folk singer and novice songwriter, a lover of ukuleles and anything she can beat on (percussions, sticks, paddles, cans, buckets, tambourines, etc.). Her gifted mission in life is to minister to the sick, listen, learn, bridge gaps, sing, record, and perform with as many people possible, and teach to others the great lessons she has learned from those who have allowed her to share their space.
Odessa is a founding member of The Princely Players, an A cappella music and drama group well-known throughout the country who chronicles African American history from mid 19th Century through today via staged productions. Odessa is the coordinator and manager of the Nashville Symphony Let Freedom Sing Celebration Chorus who come together yearly to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Odessa is currently collaborating with Roy “Futureman” Wooten on the Black Mozart Project, which chronicles the life of Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de St. George.
Odessa, now considered “a piece of the furniture”, has been performing with the TOKENS Radio Show series since the first show. Odessa says “I feel quite honored and blessed each time I am invited to share my musical experiences with Lee Camp, the Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys and the Tokens Radio Players, what a treat and very humbling experience.”