“When she sings, she sounds like an entire chorus of voices. But in reality, she’s performing solo.
Thanks to the wonders of today’s digital technology, Christa Ebert – AKA ‘Uno Lady’ – is able to overlap her voice in real time, creating catchy yet haunting music that’s truly unique.
Recently she submitted her latest video for NPR’s Tiny Desk contest, and while she didn’t win, her performance stood out for us among all the other submissions from Northeast Ohio.
So we invited ‘Uno Lady’ to our Key Bank studio for our April edition of ‘Applause Performances,’ live on both 90.3 and our ideastream Facebook page starting at 12:40 p.m. ET.” – By Dave DeOreo & Dan Polletta
Letting the audience see my process helps them get in the moment with me and be a part of a shared experience. Music is a way to connect with total strangers. It’s a way to find your tribe hundreds of miles from your home. I really appreciate when someone shares their attention and is open to experience the performance with me. It makes us feel like we’re in it together.
Sometimes after the show, people will share that I reached them or inspired them to create their own music.
I had a tough biker guy once tell me I made him cry. I had written a song called “Ash Wednesday” about a tragic fire that happened in Lakeview Elementary School in 1908. I told that biker guy, “I’m sorry, and you’re welcome.”
During a show, I get caught up in the moment, lost in the music, and I’m part of that place and time where everything floats by. Ideally, I reach a good flow and nothing is going through my head except the music. But it took a lot of work and discipline to get to that space. I used to have intense stage fright. Nerves are proof that I am challenging myself, trying something new and growing as a person.
At the end of a concert, I want audiences to know that they are not alone and that someone understands them. They can do whatever they want to do. — as told to Ken Schneck
Uno Lady is Christa Ebert, a one-woman ghost choir from Cleveland, Ohio. Uno Lady composes songs using only her voice, effect pedals, and a DIY podium desk. Sanguineous means optimistic, and was written, recorded, and filmed by Christa Ebert.
This song was written during She Shreds Magazine‘s #1riffaday challenge that took place in December. Artists were asked to create everyday and share what they wrote on Instagram. You can see/listen to all the entries on Uno Lady’s Instagram @TheUnoLady
To commemorate this snowy occasion here’s a free download of “White Hurricane” off the first tape release, “I really like genetics but I’d rather have a good time.” You can download this song and others off that album at the bandcamp and soundcloud.
I wrote this song while walking my dog, Flip, after a blizzard. The sloshing sounds are field recordings of that walk, my feet, his dog paws, crunching through the ice crust that covered the ground. The beat birthed the song. Enjoy!
Bows was written, recorded, and filmed by Uno Lady (Christa Ebert). Song created with vocals through pedals and inspired by the Earthquaker Devices pedal, Bows, rhymes about tying shoes, and remedies for forgetfulness.
Other pedals used in the song are Disaster Transport SR, Afterneath, all compiled on a Boss RC-30 loop pedal.
Ten years ago today was the first Uno Lady show.
It was Coffinberry, Sun God, and Uno Lady at Pat’s in the Flats for the annual Thanksgiving Day bash. I was lucky enough to play with my two favorite Cleveland bands at the time. These photos are by the talented Lou Muenz.
Look at these Coffinbabies!
Here is “Orange Floats,” and “I only got 2 Days,” songs I would have performed that night. You can download them for free.