Hey TB'ers.... I have a little bit of a situation, and maybe I need some advice to this situation that isn't a problem for me, but one of my band members. Hopefully this doesn't get ugly, and let me say that I hope no bashing but only intelligent thoughts come out of this. Here's the situation: A while back, myself, a trumpeter, and a drummer started looking for a vocalist. We found one via craigslist. My ad said that I was looking for a "soulful" jazz vocalist. In the ad I listed a few influences that the vocalist might have, you know, the Flora Purim, Alicia Keys, Roberta Flack, Anita Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Lalah Hathaway; just to bring a wide range to the table. Our band was pretty much open to anything. So we found a vocalist, someone in her early 40's who happens to be white. Now, keep in mind, I myself happen to be color blind. I'm black, yet I don't see any differences between people especially in music, and people have enough talent nowadays for people not to say that's a white singer, or that's a black singer..... So, our vocalist comes to our rehearsal and she let's me know she's never sang R/B or any what she called "songs that obviously a black person has so much feeling/soul". I happened to be a little offended by it, and let her know that if the person has talent, they should be able to sing it regardless of color. Needless to say, we felt confident enough in her abilities to have her on board, and she also agreed that she would try some R/B stuff in the future, as long as we told her whether she sounded good or not. So, we've been together for maybe 3 months, doing some Anita Baker, but mostly jazz standards (something she feels comfortable doing), and after doing a gig in which the audience happened to be a little partial to standards, I mentioned to the band we should start to expand our range as agreed, and after maybe trying 3-4 songs of the old school Roberta Flack stuff, she starts mentioning again how she doesn't think she can put alot of feeling into the song, and isn't comfortable (which I happen to think is leading back to what she originally said) and she appears to be closing up on us. Now, I am the leader of the band, we are from different backgrounds/races, but no one else seems to see things the way she does. We go through with it if it sounds good, regardless and have bit the bullet with having to change keys to fit her range and playing mostly standards. I'm open to it, but the problem I'm facing is, playing a limited amount of music will restrict the type of gigs we get, and at this point, more gigs = better exposure. What do you guys think?