Nona Hendryx striking a pose with her arms out in a black outfit and her "audio tutu".

Nona Hendryx

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Artist in Residence, Movement Lab


Movement Lab

In the spirit of two-fisted political singer songwriters such as Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell, Nona Hendryx tackles social issues, love, and politics with a smoky vocal tessitura somewhere between funk and the end of the stratosphere. Hendryx’s legendary career spans six decades of sound and style evolution. Fans know her as a founding member of the girl group Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles (with Sarah Dash, Cindy Birdsong and Patti LaBelle) known as “the Sweethearts of the Apollo Theatre” and inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 1999. In the 70s, the group morphed into the Rock & Funk Glam Diva's 'Labelle' with the #1 record, Lady Marmalade. Nona Hendryx emerged as the chief songwriter of the group’s socially-conscious and illuminating message songs. If Labelle fans grieved the end of Labelle, Nona Hendryx fans welcomed a new one as the revolutionary art-rock, new-wave goddess embarked upon her own impressive solo career, which spanned eight studio albums and engaged her with an impressive lineup of collaborators (Prince, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Bono and Cameo), resulting in top ten hits and a Grammy nomination ("Rock This Houses" with The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards on guitar).

Fast forwarding into the 20th and 21st centuries without losing a note (or gaining a pound) Nona Hendryx remains the Queen of Transformation, writing music for theatre (the Roundabout’s BLUE, written and directed by Charles R. Wright and starring Phylicia Rashad), film (Lee Daniels' 2010 Oscar-nominated Precious),and producing and collaborating on the works of a new generation of artists as well as cowriting songs and appearing on the Terri Lyne Carrington Grammy-Award-winning Mosaic Project with Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Diane Reeves and Sheila E.).  An activist and vocal supporter of women’s rights, social, political and criminal justice, Hendryx has been helping to raise funds and awareness of HIV/AIDS from the outbreak of the epidemic and is still involved today.  Dreaming of being an educator because of her English teacher and mentor Mrs. Lottie Dinkins, Nona worked with education organizations supporting women in prison, as well as with Little Black Pearl, a school in Chicago founded by Monica Haslip. She has also taught Stage Craft at The Clive Davis Recording Academy and in 2016 founded her own non-profit,, to bridge the gap in Science, Math, Art, Technology and Robotics for young women of color.

Nona added Ambassador for Artistry in Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston to her career, working across three departments (Music Ensemble, Music Theater and Berklee’s Electronic Production and Design Department with the guidance of the EPD Chair Michael Bierylo). Nona recently made her directorial debut, collaborating with Berklee’s Dr. Richard Boulanger and students, the poet Soul Flower, and Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy music producer) to create a multi-disciplinary performance "A Rose Out Of Concrete" with the merged schools Berklee College and Boston Conservatory, including the Conservatory’s Hip Hop Dance students choreographed by the departments' Hip Hop dance professor, Duane Holland.

Hendryx has presented multimedia performances at MoogFest and MASS MOCA. Having made yet another transformation into a multimedia ‘CyberDiva’, Hendryx still writes music across genres with politically and socially relevant lyrics wrapped in neo-funk grooves, otherworldly and soulful vocals, and art-rock charged rhythms.  Performing in and writing the song "Grace" (Trust and Believe) for Carrie Mae Weems' Grace Notes marks the beginning of another artistic collaboration. Exploring another form of communication, Nona has created a SiriusXM Radio show ‘The Nexus with Nona Hendryx’ discussing Music, Art and Technology, Nona’s three passions.