'LadyFingers' as a stage name originated from the imagination of Normita J, bandleader. She re-branded "LadyFingers" to "NJ LadyFingers" with the production of the "This Is What It Is" CD.
NJ, (her initials) is a classically trained pianist and FAMU graduate, who decided to express herself by playing contemporary jazz, fusion, and a little R&B. As a soloist, Normita provided piano solo musical entertainment for social occasions on a regular basis. She later was introduced to Sonjah Wise, a vocalist, and LadyFingers became a duo. Currently NJ LadyFingers performs multiple configurations from trio to sextet, depending on the occasion. Normita can also play a smokin' left hand keyboard bass if the situation calls. NJ LadyFingers' sound is unique, between smooth jazz and fusion. Not a club dance band. The music is inventive, unpredictable, but with a groove that gnaws on your insides, and comes forth with a "'Yesssss!! How did they do that with THAT (cover) song???"
NJ LadyFingers' influence is from it's leader/keyboardist, NJ, who loves to arrange and re-arrange, and from the great UK sound of Incognito, Joe Sample, Donald Fagen, and harmonies that are strange, but nice!!! Normita also has a thriving piano instruction business that she manages from her home studio in Tampa, FL. She still performs as a solo artist at many venues where classical piano programs are requested.
The current CD "This Is What It Is" has received great reviews and response nationally and internationally, even reaching the #2 spot on the UK Smooth Jazz AND soul charts. It is still being well received as more music fans are listening. Sales of the first CD, Eargasm" are remaining steady.
NJ LadyFingers' lead vocals are delivered by a dynamic singer/performer who gets 'into' the song and sings her way around in it, through it, and out of it. A consumate performer, Sonjah has always been the lead vocalist for NJ LadyFingers. She adds a Broadway/Vegas styled performance as she sings.