Odessa Settles, born and raised in Nashville TN, the only sister of eight siblings, has been on stage most of her life thanks to her singing father, Walter Settles, a former member of the Fairfield Four. Odessa has served as a multi-genre artist and 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 (percussion, sticks, paddles, cans, buckets, tambourines, etc.). Her gift and mission in life is to minister to the sick, listen, learn, bridge gaps, sing, record, and perform with as many people as possible, and teach to others the great lessons she has learned from individuals who have allowed her to share their space.
Odessa is the coordinator and manager of: Settles Connection, a recording and performing group that consist of family and friends; Seven Brothers and One Sister, which includes the Settles brothers and Odessa; and the Nashville Symphony “Let Freedom Sing” Celebration Chorus that comes together yearly to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 the stage with the Tokens family and friends under the direction of Lee Camp and Jeff Taylor. Each show is a lesson in collaborative creativity and fellowship from the stage to the audience.”