Faye Carol can sing the blues, hard-core funk, toe-tapping swing, boogie-woogie, and pretty much whatever she wants. Blues musician Charles Brown has said that she's one of the greatest singers on the planet. One of the reasons, of course, is her incredible range. She didn't start out so diverse though. Back in the '60s she was strictly a gospel and R&B singer, and an important part of Oakland's music scene. Over the years, she's shared the stage with more legends than you can count on a room full of clapping hands: James Brown, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Ray Charles for starters. Through the years of playing music with all these amazing people, she's broadened the styles she pulls from. At Sunday night's show at Berkeley's Back Room, she'll be accompanied by pianist Joe Warner. It will be an intimate performance that showcases the power of her voice, and shows how versatile she can be backed by only a piano.
Sunday, Sept. 3, 5 p.m., $20, 1984 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, FayeCarol.com.