Juanita Fleming is a singer, actress, composer, storyteller and voice trainer. This Cincinnati, Ohio, native grew up in a household surrounded by music. Her father was a jazz/blues enthusiast who also played the piano, and her mother sang with a local gospel group.
After spending the better part of the past twelve years or so immersed in spiritual studies and development, training other singers, and composing songs, Juanita Fleming is now rejoining the ranks of working performers, bringing with her the joy of singing, love for her fellowman, and the Spirit of life that can fill, thrill, heal and change the human heart at a moments notice. Juanita Fleming says, “Yes, I am back, and I’m ready to share with my audiences all the love I have in song. I will be carrying the Gospel of truth with me wherever I go regardless of the tempo, beat or genre.”
Ms. Fleming has shared the spotlight with such jazz masters as Kenny Burrell, Illinois Jacquet and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band. Her music has been described as a distinct jazz rhythm in harmony with rich and vibrant vocal overtones. Saxophonist, Kirk Whalum calls Ms. Fleming’s instrument: “. . . part voice, part tenor saxophone, part prophetic sonority from heaven.” While Back Stage Magazine wrote: “. . . with swing in her music and joy in her soul, she is the personification of human happiness, and she uses the stage not only to entertain, but to project all that is life affirming.” And from the United Press: “Ms. Fleming’s voice has a startling range. She uses her lower register — a deep contralto — to fine effect.”
She has thrilled audiences worldwide with her joyful soul stirring sound; in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, Japan, South Africa and Nigeria. In Nigeria, she sang to more than 15 million people over a two-day period. She also gave a private performance for Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria, and his guests, which included governors, kings and other dignitaries.
In 1997, Ms. Fleming dedicated her vocal gift to gospel music. She says, “I am reborn as an artist and I’m starting off all over again. There is a whole world of Christian music lovers out there, where I am as yet unknown — and must prove myself worthy of their love and of God’s calling.”
Ms. Fleming’s career extends far beyond her vocal talents to her film and television credits which include "The Verdict," “McBain,” “Superfly II” and "The Gift of the Amazing Grace.” Broadway credits include "The Boys Choir of Harlem & Friends," "The Wiz," "Bags" and “Tintypes.” She has acted in an outdoor performance of “To Kill a Mocking Bird” in Brooklyn and delivered a most powerful and moving medley of spiritual songs to a hushed audience of 1,200. She has also performed in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Howard Sackler, “The Great White Hope,” in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Theater.