Ajda the Turkish Queen is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter living and working in the Boston area. She was born in Houston, Texas, and is of half-Turkish descent. Her current focus lies with her band Black Fortress of Opium, and in solo endeavors.
For her, vocalizing serves as a very direct method of expression - straight from the soul. She has been inspired by the vocals of such artists as Natacha Atlas, Elizabeth Fraser, Ronnie James Dio, Nico, Ute Lemper, Siouxsie Sioux, Kristin Hersh, and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the lonesome voices of Turkish muezzins.
"Ajda's one hell of a singer, deflecting any potential drift toward pretentiousness with her haunting, heartfelt emotionalism. She leaves you awestruck on 'Crack and Pool,' doing something amazing with her voice at one point that makes it sound like some middle-eastern horn." - Kevin Renick, Playback StL “Ajda the Turkish Queen has a gorgeous, emotive voice.“ - Linda Laban, Boston Metro “Ajda's echoing vocals paint each track with visions of Middle-Eastern richness and awe” - Jillian Horn, Northeast Performer "A versatile, nuanced and even playful vocal style" - Alan Young, Lucid Culture NYC blog “Eerie feminine vocals (courtesy of lead singer Ajda "The Turkish Queen") and melodies akin to that of bands like Miranda Sex Garden, Mazzy Star, and Dead Can Dance “ - Muruch "a commanding wail-like moan" – Micah Bellieu, The Noise Magazine (live review) “…always one of the most interesting musicians in Boston.” - SiD Too Much Rock