|Intro||Canadian actor and singer|
|Is||Singer Jazz musician Actor Songwriter|
|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music|
|Birth||1939, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA|
Salome Bey (born October 10, 1933) is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and actress who has lived in Toronto, Ontario since 1966. In 2005, she was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.
Born to a middle-class African-American family in New Jersey, Bey formed a vocal group with her brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas), known as Andy and the Bey Sisters, performing in local clubs and touring North America and Europe. After moving to Toronto in 1964 and playing the jazz club circuit, she became known as "Canada's First Lady of Blues". Bey appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the cast album. She put together a blues & jazz cabaret show on the history of black music, Indigo - which earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance. The show was later taped for TV networks.
Bey recorded two albums with Horace Silver, and released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She received the Toronto Arts Award for her contributions to the performing arts in 1992, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for lifetime achievement from the Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal in 1996.
Beginning in her early sixties, Bey began showing signs of dementia. As of 2011 her illness had progressed to the point that she can no longer perform.
Bey is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
She married Howard Berkeley Matthews on April 7, 1964. They had three children, including the singer SATE, formally known as Saidah Baba Talibah, and singer/performance artist Jacintha Tuku Matthews.