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Inetta Visor has blessed MISSISSIPPI HEAT with her voice since 2001. Her powerful, Etta James-like voice on Footprints On The Ceiling, Glad You’re Mine, and One Eye Open with the Heat is a testament to this blessing.
Inetta was born February 4, 1955 on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Simeon Vocational High School in 1972, and studied electronics at the Omega Institute, and worked as a radio engineer for then Chicago Alderman Roman Pucinski from 1975 to 1983.
Ever since a child, Inetta had always had a passion for singing. It was a rare moment when she was found not singing or humming a song to herself.
Apparently Inetta was a natural, and she was selected to sing with this choir. She sang her first professional gig with them in 1971, and continued to hone her singing skills on and off the stage whenever she could, as she continued to work as a radio engineer to pay the bills.
Inetta eventually began working at a South Side daycare center, after she left her radio engineer job in 1983. Her goal was to eventually work as a recording engineer, to better pay the bills. But at that time it was difficult for a female to get this type of position.
In 2000 she was recommended by longtime acquaintance Theresa Davis to well-established (since 1991) Chicago Blues band MISSISSIPPI HEAT, who already had several CDs out, their most recent being Handyman (2000) winning Best Blues CD of the Year by Real Blues Magazine. Theresa Davis, who had sung for the Emotions, had recommended Inetta, as she herself did not see blues as her musical form, and therefore did not see the Heat as an ideal match for her. MISSISSIPPI HEAT at this point were looking for a replacement for their then singer Katherine Davis leaving the band to promote her new Jazz CD. Inetta auditioned for them at Koko Taylor’s club on Wabash. As it turned out Katherine Davis stayed a while longer than anticipated.
In 2001 Inetta decided to give Michel Lacocque (Pierre’s brother and band manager) a call to offer her services to MISSISSIPPI HEAT once again. Just as she was about to pick up the phone, while looking at the business card, she received a call from no one other than Michel himself! The rest is history.
Since she joined the band, they have recorded three albums and a DVD with Inetta, all of which have received awards. Inetta also won the Best Blues Singer competition at the House Of Blues (Chicago) on July 10, 2003.
Lately Inetta’s been performing & recording with Mike Dangeroux. He’s a great guitar player. And he has a boatload of music. And I’ve been writing songs with him.. We’re just right now trying to write the songs, to see if anybody’s interested,” she says. “We have a video on YouTube we did about the violence in Chicago called ‘The Time Has Come.’”Visor sings that moving anti-violence blues theme in Dangeroux’s video.