Serita's Black Rose

Northern Express


“The first time I heard her sing she just blew me away. “I feel that Serita is one of these great singers that has fallen through the cracks, a musical oversight by the industry,” said Redding. “I think we are catching her as a rising star.”

Spins on Music

“Serita’s Black Rose”

This is blues pumped up with equal amount of funk, soul and rock. Serita Crowley clearly is the star here with her ravishing R&B-infused vocals, but make no mistake, band members – including bassist Robert Pace, guitarists Jon Hayes and Melvin Clark, keyboard players Paul Lesinski and Anthony Raglin, drummer Mark Weymouth and percussionist Mike Dollar – add copious amounts of instrumental credibility and prowess to this five-song EP debut. Keep an eye and ear out for this outfit because they could be going places. 

Recoil Magazine

The passion and love translates, and this year Serita’s Black Rose is a WYCE Jammie Award nominee. It’s a validation of their hard work and proof that the community is taking notice.

Spins on Music

With a powerful voice inspired by the likes of Big Mama Thornton and Koko Taylor, Crowley can raise the hairs on the back of a listener’s neck with her resonant, passionate delivery of classic blues.


Serita Crowley and Jon Hayes open the show for Smokey Robinson at Meijer Gardens Wednesday, August 28, 2013. (Chris Clark |

Grand Rapids Press

Local singer Serita Crowley opened the show, accompanied by Jon Hayes on acoustic guitar. Crowley gave a soulful twist to Seals and Croft’s “Summer Breeze” and “You’re No Good,” a nod in tribute to Linda Ronstadt (who recently revealed she has Parkinson’s disease). On a couple of original numbers, she showcased her aptitude on the harmonica, and a strong sense of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.

Grand Rapids Magazine