Richelle Sigrist

Richelle Sigrist considered herself a “closet singer” from an early age, yet she caught the eyes and ears of those around her and is currently preparing for the recording of her debut album influenced by James Taylor, Ray Charles, and Bonnie Raitt. Her original music, which she plays largely in Stillwater venues, is lyrically driven with various blends of classic rock, soul, blues and pop.

With such a broad variety of musical influences, Richelle has to keep her voice in top shape and knows that smoke is a hindrance to being at the top of her game. “I’d say what I appreciate most about performing in smokefree venues, aside from the perk of going home without needing to wash my clothes immediately, would be my vocal stamina. I’m definitely able to sing much longer in a non-smoking venue without vandalizing my vocal cords. I also believe the quality of my music maintains a higher level which, I can only assume, is quite valuable to the venue owner who is paying me!”

At the age of 21, she started singing with her brother-in-law at shows in downtown Fort Smith, AR. Richelle surrounded herself with musicians and grew her skills by drawing from their experiences. In 2014, she decided to start a band and explore the art of songwriting. She began by studying and playing cover songs ranging from Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” to Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” to ZZ Ward’s “If I Could Be Her.” The community quickly embraced her with regular performances requested by local establishments. Richelle is currently preparing for the recording of her debut album.