For more than 20 years Phinesta has entertained audiences in the UK and Europe with style and class.
She has one of the most warm, sultry voices that lends itself to a versatile genre of music. The precious vocal tones of soul, jazz and blues music are evident in the selection of songs chosen during her performances.
Before moving to England, Phinesta lived in Nashville, Tennessee and worked as part of "The Jimmy Church Band" for 6 years. This group toured the Mid-South, the Island of Bermuda, The Mediterranean, Panama and Greenland as one of the best international Soul and Motown groups.
As part of the three girl group within the band, "Honey, Cinnamon and Sugar", wowed audiences with their high energy choreography and fabulously creative costumes. Whether floating on a ship to the Bahamas or celebrating a wedding at the Tennessee Racquet Ball Club, a party with The Jimmy Church Band was always a great night out!!!
Phinesta is originally from the Mardi Gras City of New Orleans in Louisiana. She started her professional career singing in talent shows around the city. She sang lead as part of the band "MIXX Company" and performed on the infamous Bourbon Street in the French Quarter for many years. During high school and while attending Dillard University, Phinesta always took a major part in the music community, as part of the concert choir and studying music therapy.
During her early years she sang in the children's choir at church. Her family was then and now very musically orientated. Her father, the Reverend Herman Traylor of Prentiss, Mississippi, sang in the gospel group, "The Golden Wings" during her childhood. Her religiously faithful mother Overseer Gracie Williams Lyman has always been a great singer for Christ. She still resides as a missionary in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Phinesta believes her family foundation and support is what made her and keeps her strong.