Alicia Olatuja Lights Up the Starrlight Jazz Club Series at Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, February 14, 2018 – Classically trained, but Influenced by a wide range of musical styles including gospel, soul and jazz, Alicia Olatuja will light up the stage at Walton Arts Center on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets start at $30 plus applicable fess and can be purchased online at, in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office or by calling 479.443.5600. 

Praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor since 2013, when she performed as a featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s second inauguration.

Olatuja graduated with a Master’s in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions, she started to perform regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with well-known artists including Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christine McBride. Olatuja toured in 2015-16 with the Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro production. She has also performed at the Charlie Parker Festival, the BRIC JazzFest, Cabrillo Music Festival, the Jazz Standard, Vermont Jazz Center and the Monty Alexander Jazz Fest.

Olatuja possesses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch balanced with soulful honesty and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail, according to Downbeat magazine.

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Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit