|Soulful Inspirational Sounds to Admire|
Founder, Sara Hill grew up listening to a wide range of music from R&B,
Jazz & Gospel to Rock & Soul. Her favorite artists include:
Aretha Franklin, Albertina Walker, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Led
Zeppelin, Whitney Houston, Donald Byrd, Mother's Finest, LaBelle, Earth,
Wind & Fire and Nancy Wilson to name a few.
Sara's first job in the industry was as a DJ in local clubs in
upstate New York, which led to an on-air personality gig for WABY radio
in Albany, NY. She received her B.F.A. in Theater and Television from
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
Sara developed a passion for promoting independent singer/songwriters
while seeing artists like Sandra St. Victor, Bemshi, Tamar Kali, Carl Hancock Rux, Kelli Sae, and Stephanie McKay perform in New York City music venues.
She created Sista Factory as a forum that brings together diverse
performing artists who are powerful in voice and spirit. Her committed
to provide a platform where independent singers can perform bringing harmony and
enjoyment to others has been recognized worldwide.
From 2002 to 2007, Sara and Sista Factory became a major part of joe's pub at The Public Theater, working with former Artistic Director, Bill Bragin, as General Management Associate, the joe's pub team provided programming for many emerging singer/songwriters, as well as presenting a diverse roster of artists ranging from all genres. An experience Sara would cherish a lifetime.
Sara continues to bring awareness about independent singer/songwriters from all over the world. She currently works in marketing and event programming for Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatres in upstate NY, curating live music showcases with some
of the finest independent performing artists in the Capital Region
She is the proud co-presenter of ICFS SOUL CINEMA series and Gospel Jubilee at Proctors
SISTA FACTORY team consists of A Marketing Representative, Anita
Bryant, Principal Associates, Toni Cheeseman-Browne and Celia Jean.
|Sista Factory History|
From its initial 1999 production at S.O.B's in NYC, with Singers,
Sandra St. Victor, Bemshi and Indira Milini Khan (featuring Demien
DeSandies) SISTA FACTORY
continues to produce outstanding shows, presenting such acts as Maysa,
Nona Hendyrx, N'Dambi, Ledisi, Bilal and Goapele to name a few.
has also provided a performance platform for talents such as Karen
Bernod, Felicia Collins, Julie Dexter, Danny Sadownick,
Stephanie McKay and Adam Falcon.
Receiving strong recognition from the New York City music community, SISTA FACTORY has been supported by such organizations as
Black Rock Coalition, Soul-Patrol, TimeZone International, SESAC, ASCAP, WWRL 1600 (New York's Urban Mix), WLIB, and WBAI. SISTA FACTORY continues to be an important vehicle for providing performers an opportunity to showcase their work to the masses.
Since 2001, Sista Factory has produced outstanding showcases for Brooklyn's Bam Cafe Live Series with artists such as: Martha Redbone, YaZarah, Monet, Sparla Swa, Antonia Jeane and DK Dyson.
In May 2005, along with TimeZone International,
President, Vivian Scott Chew, Sista Factory presented, Sandra St.
Victor, Kelli Sae, Laurnea and Karen Bernod for a soul-stirring night
at London's Jazz Cafe
Music Community Praise
" Since Joe's Pub first opened, Joe's Pub's very own Sara Hill along
with Anita Bryant and Celia Jean have been tapping the hottest names in
the soul underground and bringing them to the stage of Joe's Pub as
well as other venues around the city. Sara's impeccable taste, warmth
and sensitivity to the artists she works with were so impressive that
we snapped her up as a permanent member of the Joe's Pub staff exactly
3 years ago... Sista Factory continues to bring incredible shows to our
-Bill Bragin, Director, joe's pub New York City
Celia Jean, as Project Manager/Promoter/Producer, has also played a fundamental role in the development of Sista Factory.
Celia has always been a great lover of all genres of musical
expression. She was brought up listening to reggae, calypso, salsa,
meringue, classic R&B, country music, as well as Jazz, Gospel, Rock
& Alternative music.
Celia got her first start in the music industry working with
the independent record label, Phatt Records (no longer in existence),
based in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to New York City to further her
career in the Entertainment Industry. Right after moving to NYC, Celia
met Sara Hill. Both women began discussing not only their love for live
music but also their ideas for showcasing New York's many great artists
not yet known to mainstream music, artists in need of a platform and
"I see Sista Factory as a Musical Journey & Celebration...
It will inspire the mind & stir the soul... Music that transcends
time and history. "
Anita Bryant, started her career in the entertainment business while
attending Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She started with an
internship with Atlantic Records as a College Rep., this is where she
had gained first-hand experience in the record industry. After
graduation in 1999 she landed a job at Sony Music Studios in the Client
Services Department. Then she made a career move to Atlantic Records as
an assistant in the Urban Promotions Department. She worked on projects
such as Lil Cease, Trina, Trick Daddy, Lil Kim, and Terror Squad. Anita
has coordinated, volunteered, and worked on several projects/events
such as College Music Festival, LifeBeat, Jazz Music Fest, concerts,
seminars, and many others. This prepared her for producing and
coordinating her own events.
Anita then moved from the Atlantic Records to Remy Amerique,
Inc. As a Marketing Manager for New York City in the field of Wine and
Spirits she was able to work on live shows, conferences, fashion shows,
and other special events in the entertainment industry. Here is where
she met Sara Hill, CEO/Founder of Sista Factory. She developed a
program where Remy Martin partnered up with Sista Factory's to do live
music showcases around the city. She also began working as a Marketing
Consultant for Sista Factory. As Anita made a transition from Remy
Amerique to Alize/Kobrand Corporation in 2001 she started her own
Marketing/Special Events company called A-Marketing.
"Sista Factory has been a fantastic musical journey. I have
team up with some very spiritual and powerful women who want to make
change in an industry of monotony. Sista Factory is beyond
promoting/producing showcases, but a movement of soulful inspirational
sounds for the world to admire."