Cleveland’s one-woman band Uno Lady is going places (including France)

“CLEVELAND, Ohio – Uno Lady is going places. Literally, and musically. Cleveland’s one-woman choir is the recipient of two new fellowships, one in Akron and the other in France, that are sending her in new musical directions as well as across the globe.

‘Going forward I want to have both visuals and audio, I want to always have video with my music. That’s become very important to me,’ says Uno Lady, whose name is Christa Ebert. In the last decade she has established herself as one of the most unique voices, literally, in town with her high clear vocals that she accompanies with more of her own voice, prerecorded on tapes and played and looped as she performs live.

‘That’s something I’ve been working on with the Akron Soul Train fellowship I was awarded in November. I proposed to take my shows to the next level, invest in a better camera (I was using a GoPro), and start making visuals for my performances. … I want to submerge myself in nature, take videos and field recordings, then let the scenes and sounds write the song. That was the original plan but I bought the camera in November and with the show being 2.5 months later, I figured it was best to create video for my current songbook.’

Ebert will debut the fruits of the her work in Akron with two local shows this month. On Friday, she’ll be performing at the Akron Recording Company, 243 Furnace St., Suite B. from 7 – 10 p.m. She’ll follow this up with a Cleveland show at Gordon Square smART Space on Friday, Feb. 15 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The goal of the Akron Soul Train residency program was ‘connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines, thereby fostering a more vibrant downtown Akron. Ebert used her stipend to purchase a new camera, a Panasonic Lumix, and other equipment to allow her more visual creativity. ‘I’ve been filming lots of video and taking sound samples I will integrate into my performance,’ she says… ‘Eventually, I want to let the video write the songs and integrate more sound samples.’

Ebert plan to continue in this direction in the French countryside this fall, where she has earned an artist-in-residency at the Chateau d’Orquevaux in the Champagne-Ardenne region.

‘This castle in the French countryside offers artists from all over the world a place with limited distraction and an abundance of natural inspiration. The residency comes a bedroom, a studio, and some meals. I’ll share the castle with a few other artists as well as goats and chickens on the 40 acre estate.’ she says. ‘I plan on writing lyrics, recording videos, and exploring my vocal range in a castle built in the 1700s. The tall ceilings and wine cellars are begging for me to belt in them and be drenched in their reverb …I plan to mash environmental footage with ethereal sounds to create a transportive, meditative effect.’ FULL ARTICLE 


Friday February 8, 7-10pm, Akron Recording Company, 243 Furnace St suite b, Akron

Friday, February 15, 7-8:30pm Gordon Square Presents: Uno Lady 78th Street Studios, smART Space, 1st floor, Cleveland


Please consider helping support my travel to France through GoFundMe



Read CAN Journal Article, “Makers: Christa Ebert, AKA Uno Lady”

“On a frigid day recently, Christa Ebert showed me upstairs to her West Park studio. Among the many effects pedals, microphones, and audio equipment stood a vintage projection screen – the kind of old screen that calls to mind the musty smells of a grade school AV closet. This borrowed screen will play a key role at her performance this Friday at the Akron Recording Company (February 8), along with her other gear in tow. As part of her artist residency for Akron Soul Train, Christa Ebert, better known by her stage persona, Uno Lady, has created a film to accompany her already mesmerizing live performance.

If you’ve never seen Uno Lady live, let me attempt to explain. A self-trained musician, Ebert composes songs mostly using just her voice. She’s been described as a “one-woman ghost choir”, which I find particularly apt. Her music includes dream-like layers of her own voice, looping like spells and chants, ethereal tones, instruments and beats all knit together into one lush soundscape. Every time I’ve heard her sing, I’ve had goosebumps – the beauty of her voice soaring, cutting through the air is so enchanting it can command the hairs on my arms to stand at attention.

I’ve seen Uno Lady perform many times over the years – she was the recipient of a CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowship, a Panza Foundation Award, and has performed at many venues and galleries: Transformer Station, the Cleveland Museum of Art, etc. But for the first time, she will be including a film component as part of her live show – thanks to Akron Soul Train. Akron Soul Train is an artist residency program that grants fellowships to provide resources for all creative disciplines – Ebert is the first musician they have supported.


As she explained, “For my Akron Soul Train artist-in-residency I proposed to take my shows to the next level, invest in a better camera (I was using a GoPro), and start making visuals for my performances. I am a visual person, captivated by imagery, and feel there is a cinematic element to my music. I’d like to write compositions for film and figured I may learn something if I tried it the other way around.”

If you can’t make her show in Akron on Friday, she will also be performing (with her film) at 78th Street Studios smART Space at the next Third Friday – on February 15, from 7-8:30pm. Don’t miss it.”

full article 

Uno Lady Sings Remember (Christmas) By Harry Nilsson

Here is Uno Lady’s cover of “Remember” By Harry Nilsson, featuring Nick Cross on guitar. Recorded by yours truly for an early Christmas present for my mom. Listen on Soundcloud and download from Bandcamp. Happy holidays!


LISTEN TO NPR/ WKSU Shuffle: Cleveland Musician Uno Lady Creates One-Woman Choir Out of a Suitcase

Cleveland’s Christa Ebert utilizes a microphone, mixer and electronic effects pedals to create a solo “ghost choir,” or lush layers of her vocals interwoven together, as the dynamic, one-woman project, Uno Lady. The result is an eclectic blend of husky, a cappella jazz singing with doo-wop, pop and folk vocal elements that meld together to create a cohesive sonic collage.

Earning an Akron Soul Train fellowship
Akron Soul Train awarded Uno Lady with a fellowship, making her one of the organization’s November residents. The nonprofit provides resources to local creatives to hone their skills and perform new works for the community at the conclusion of their residencies. Uno Lady performs out of a couple of vintage suitcases where her mixer board and pedals are stored.

“This is my second podium I created — it’s an invention of mine,” Ebert said. “It’s a vintage suitcase that expands with a scissor lift, and it has little hooks so that it can be at waist level so I can twirl the knobs and do things my feet can’t do with the pedals.”

The musician sings into a microphone and carries her vocals through several effects pedals. Then, the sound is run through a loop pedal. She captures this existing sound, records over it, then records over it several more times to create a dense aural experience created solely out of the words and notes she sings.

Concluding her AST residency
Ebert said earning the Akron Soul Train fellowship has been beneficial for her as a solo artist, as it has allowed her the opportunity to take time off work to focus on her art, receive a stipend and gain access to resources that have allowed her to create a new body of work. “So instead of overplaying and playing out way too much to raise all this money, I can just focus on creating,” Ebert said. “I’m grateful for the support they give me.”

Through the project, she plans to increase the reach and depth of her performances and invest in new equipment to better engage with the Greater Akron community. Her performance at the end of the Akron Soul Train residency will include a visual aspect as well. Ebert said she purchased a camera and plans to obtain a projector to layer footage of nature and her time spent visiting National Parks on a screen to match her songs. “I hope that has a transportive, meditative effect on the audience,” Ebert said. The final performance as an Akron Soul Train resident will take place Feb. 8 at Akron Recording Company.

Improvising aspects of her performance  
Ebert’s live performances as Uno Lady weave listeners into a web of sound and include improvisational elements, as many of her sonic creations are developed on the spot. She develops many of her songs in the moment for the audience, sending her live vocals through pedals and into a loop station where she can then record and layer each piece to build out an entire song.

Uno Lady is an EarthQuaker Devices featured artist and is unmistakable in her innovative use of effects pedals and her whimsical, eclectic rig setup. She has played out across local DIY venues, libraries, museums and even inside freight elevators, pushing the boundaries of art and music with each performance.

Evolving as a musician
Ebert is a self-taught musical artist. She grew up singing in choirs and became part of the Northeast Ohio music scene first as an attendee and avid listener of local bands. She felt she needed to have her own outlet musically and creatively, and she began working on her craft at home alone. She taught herself how to use Logic Pro on a computer and soon began layering her own vocals. Ebert was eventually asked to play a live show, and it was then she began experimenting with layering her vocals through different pedals. “As I started to play, I realized I wanted to make it more engaging for the audience,” Ebert said. “So I started to loop and get a loop pedal and started to do more compositions that could be created right in front of the audience.”

Working on tracks for an upcoming release
Ebert has new material ready for an upcoming Uno Lady record. She is shopping around her album, “Osmosis,” to various labels. Her prior releases include “Amateur Hour,” Taco Cat” and “I Really Like Genetics but I’d Rather Have a Good Time.” Ebert will perform as part of the 2018 Panza Foundation Benefit at The Happy Dog in Cleveland Nov. 30.

Thursday Nov 29: Uno Lady on WKSU 89.7fm + Akron Soul Train Instagram takeover

NOV 29- Uno Lady is taking over Akron Soul Train’s Instagram. Make sure to Follow for sneak peaks of my projects!

You can listen to Uno Lady on public radio station WKSU 89.7 FM, at 5:45 a.m. and  7:45 a.m. during WKSU’s Morning Edition. The interview will be posted at



NOV 30– Happy Dog West- Panza Foundation benefit w/ The Village Bicycle, FreshProduce, and Pillars. $8, 7pm doors, 9pm music. HUGE RAFFLE of musical gear, services, and other awesome stuff.  link to event page 

DEC 6–  Jilly’s Music Room Akron, Ohio.  Akron Soul Train’s 2nd Annual Winter SOULstice featuring auctions, food, and entertainment. Uno Lady, will be performing, along with a local jazz band. Purchase tickets at

DEC 6: Uno Lady sings at Akron Soul Train’s Winter SOULstice


DEC 6–  Winter SOULstice, fundraiser for Akron Soul Train, at Jilly’s Music Room 111 N Main St, Akron, Ohio

Join Akron Soul Train for the 2nd Annual Winter SOULstice featuring auctions, food, and entertainment. November resident, Uno Lady, will be performing, along with a local jazz band. Purchase tickets at





NOV 30- Uno Lady at Happy Dog for Panza Foundation Benefit

PERFORMANCES by the 2018 Panza Foundation bands: The Village Bicycle, Uno Lady, FreshProduce, and Pillars.

HUGE RAFFLE of musical gear, services, and other awesome stuff.  The Panza Foundation will also announce the bands it is supporting in 2019.  Have a good time and support the local, independent music scene. link to event page 

Happy Dog West
5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH
7pm doors, 9pm show