Resa Gibbs, the lead vocalist and percussionist for M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio (a trio steeped in the Piedmont Blues tradition), is known for her warm, soulful and heartfelt sound. A sought-after vocal instructor, she has been honored by the opportunity to instruct/lead vocal repertoire and performance classes at the Augusta Heritage Center’s Blues Week, and Blues Singing during Country Blues Week at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA. She has also been an assistant instructor at Augusta’s “Blues Week” gospel mini-class (Elkins, WV).
In 2010, she was accepted into the Library of Congress “Americana Women: Roots Musicians — Women’s Tales and Tunes” as part of the MusicBox Project collection (some of which has been catalogued in the American Folklife Center).
Resa has made vocal contributions including backing vocals on several award-winning singer/songwriter’s albums. Most notable, she sang background vocals on Gaye Adegbalola’s Bitter Sweet Blues CD, produced by Rory Block and recorded by Alligator Records. On the 2008 CD project by Gaye Adegbalola entitled Gaye Without Shame, Resa sang a featured duet with Gaye and added backing vocals to several tracks. This CD was produced by Blues Music Award winner, Bob Margolin. She performed with Gaye, Bob Margolin, Jason Ricci and other nominated artists at the 2009 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Resa also contributed background vocals on award-winning singer/songwriter, Julie Clark’s Feel Free and Change Your Mind. Resa’s latest vocal contributions include backing vocals on Lawrence Lambert’s Soul Folk, 2012; Bobby “BlackHat” Walters’ Hot Blues Mess, 2014; Karl Werne’s This Little Notebook, 2015; Roddy Barnes’ ODD, 2015; and Kim Capps’ uplifting CD Together, We Rise, released in Oct. 2017, which was produced by Resa who also guided vocal arrangements. In Feb. 2018, Resa provided vocals and vocal arrangements for Bobby “Blackhat” Walters’ chilling single, “Run Baby Run.” With a focus on fundamental humanity, this song is a desperate plea to stop the slaughter of mass shootings. Her latest vocal contribution was on Gaye Adegbalola’s Jan. 2019 release, The Griot.
M.S.G.’s 4th CD, THE FLOOD, was released in the spring of 2016 and received a first-round Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album.