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Coco can be found continuing her residential career at yet another 5-star hotel in Bangkok — the Bangkok Peninsula.
Other residences included the Shanghai Ritz-Carlton, the Beijing Shangri-la, CH and Manila, PH and so many more. "It's the journey of creating new sounds, rhythms and melodies through my own music or through other award-winning writers and performers that I live for. I'm not in a hurry to be something or to be something else than who I am and where I am right now!
Coco has shared her extraordinary gift of engaging audiences in more than 35 cities across 15 countries around the world with her music! Her audiences are captivated by the amount of charm she and her sultry vocals have in common. She's got a unique way to soulfully deliver the American Standards. Too many different rhythms stemming from the music she grew up hearing — Blues, Jazz, Musical Theater and Soul, it is storytelling.
Through encouragement from a teacher (Mrs. Pearson), she went on to become an oratorical speaker and was thrust into numerous public-speaking engagements around the DMV before she reached the age of 11. Her first professional paying performances came to middle school where she learned to act, sing and dance under the title of Doctor Thomasina Portis — Author of Music Matters: A Universal Language and Ministry, in a Sumer Musical Theater program. "I learned the performing art here, and developed a deep passion for the stage," Coco says. She went on to say that each summer she spent months with a teacher who taught them the meaning behind every word or phrase and why serving people with our talents is vital.
"Had it not been for Mama Portis, I would be on a non-musical path. She literally saved my life with music!" Three years later Coco went on to become her Queen of High School — Miss H.D. Woodson Sr after touring Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia in musicals. Right up in 1984! Wearing that crown enabled her to believe anything was possible. That is why she was overjoyed when she gained an opportunity to go to New York City to sing at Harlem's Apollo Theater! While it was an honour to be on television, she knew she was singing on the same stage as Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown, that she was most excited about!