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Name: Siobhan Monique Roland (Singer)

Posted By Kendel Burke

Siobhan Monique Roland is a captivating soul and jazz performer. Accompanied by her band, The Negro Ninjaz, Roland has performed at many popular local venues, including Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Hideaway Cafe, Side Door Caberet at the Palladium and Jannus Live. Roland is known not just for her soulful covers of artists from Erykah Badu to Lauryn Hill, but her unique stage presence and otherworldly costumes. Listen to Roland's original song "Emergency" on iTunes, and see her in action at her next performance at American Stage Theatre on December 17th and 18th. Tickets can be purchased on her website,

Years in Tampa Bay


Hustle (job)


What do you do?  

I am a singer/songwriter and part-time model.

Why do you do it?

I LOVE to sing and perform! It’s just that simple!

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

As the niece of trombonist Buster Cooper, a ten-year member of the world-famous Duke Ellington band, music has always been a huge part of my life. I started singing in public at age three during church service. At Johns Hopkins middle school in Saint Petersburg, I was mentored by the great music teacher, Stanley Butts. My focus was on classical music. I graduated the University of South Florida with a degree in classical voice. From there, I ventured into theatre, working briefly in New York. All of these experiences have led me to be the indie artist that I am today, continuing to hone my craft.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?

I believe that people think that my repertoire is strictly R&B; however, I am a classically trained singer who is comfortable with and perform jazz, blues, gospel, and popular music.

What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?

As an indie artist, funding for projects in general needs to move forward in the music industry is often a challenge. You have to be very creative and resourceful, and patient!

What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

To never give up the pursuit of your dreams, even in the toughest of times. If it’s yours to have, it will be.

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