Omar Coleman

Blues Harp

 

Since deciding to fully pursue a career in music in 2010, Omar Coleman has impressively recorded 3 full albums, performed 30 overseas dates in 12 countries, and performed as featured vocalist for more than 10 professional touring bands. Omar has the personality, sound, and passion of the late greats Junior Wells and James Brown and hopes to reach similar acclaim with his own career. 

Omar has established himself as one of the nation's premier harmonica players and blues vocalist alive today, billed on festivals with legends like Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, and Robert Randolph. With a voice soulful beyond his years, Omar has been impressing audiences across the nation with his genuine, seasoned harmonica skills and vocals. Omar is known to interact directly with his audience, befriending an entire audience.

HIS STORY

Born and raised on Chicago's west side, Omar was exposed to the sounds of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Sam Cooke, O.V. Wright, and James Brown at a young age. He would internalize these artists' talents and create his own career as a musician later in life. It wasn't until 2003 that Omar began playing Harmonica publicly. Throughout the next few years he became highly respected as a young harpist. Unexpectedly, his role as harmonica player soon transformed into lead vocalist when he casually began singing during shows. He quickly became respected and instructed by blues leaders Billy Branch and Sugar Blue. His career took off  starting in 2010 when was asked to perform overseas with the Sean Carney Band. Omar found a love for composing, and he began writing and recording his own material.

In 2011 Omar completed a successful seven country European Tour as the featured vocalist and harpist for the Sean Carney Band. While there, Omar promoted his release “Very Lucky Man” which he produced and recorded with Sean. After a well received response from blues fans, the band returned to Europe this past Spring for 14 dates in 7 countries. 

His CD release, "Omar Coleman – West Side Wiggle” features Omar backed by three Grammy winning/nominated sidemen: Billy Flynn, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, and Bob Stroger. Omar’s 2015 debut on Delmark records, “Born and Raised", presents modern, funky blues at its best with killer vocals and musicianship, and witty songwriting. Omar continues to record on numerous albums as a studio musician and song writer.

Omar has performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Spain Blues Fest, Muddy Waters Festival of Westmont, etc. *** 'Blues in the Schools' Ambassador to Chicago Public Schools *** Featured on All-Star compilation - Diamonds in the Rough: Chicago Harmonica Project – Severn Records (2006) *** Headliner for “Blues for a Cure” Cancer Benefit Tour & CD in Columbus, OH (2007-2010) *** Mainstay in contemporary Chicago blues - appearing frequently at the Kingston Mines, B.L.U.E.S., Rosa's Blues Lounge, Buddy Guy's Legends, etc. Omar has performed with Louisiana Red, John Primer, Hubert Sumlin, Sean Carney & Henry Gray, Katherine Davis, Bob Stroger, Joanna Connor, Billy Flynn, Kinsey Report, Chico Banks, and hundreds more.