Destiny chose Nellie “Tiger” Travis to sing the blues. Born deep in the delta of Mississippi, Nellie grew up singing gospel music. Since her humble beginnings, Nellie Tiger Travis has shared the stage with such legendary greats as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Gladys Knight, and Ronnie Baker Brooks just to name a few and is now a worldwide touring headliner. Most recently, she appeared on The Jimmy Fallon Show alongside The Roots (see the video below).
In November 2009 Nellie was crowned the New Queen Of The Blues for Chicago by Bluesman and WVON radio personality Purvis Spann, who previously had bestowed that honor on Ms. KoKo Taylor.
She fronts one of the tightest Chicago Blues bands found anywhere in the world, comprised of the best musicians from Chicago’s Blues scene, and her shows in the city are packed, rollicking parties. Nellie Travis has headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and at festivals and clubs around the world. From Japan, Greece, Italy, Germany, Brazil, all the way back to her home in Mississippi, Nellie knocks out audiences with her powerful vocals and irresistible stage charisma. She’s a permanent headlining personality at Chicago’s most successful blues clubs, The Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy’s Legends and Blue Chicago where she continues to pack them in.