Erika Lewis is the singer with New Orleans street band Tuba Skinny. She sings in other locations and with other musicians and a few years ago finally recorded her own first album. Not without difficulties along the way, as her Tuba Skinny colleague Shaye Cohn explains in a 'gofundme' page
"Recently she found out that she will need to have thyroid surgery which runs the risk of vocal chord damage, or rather, damage to the nerves controlling the vocal chords, and the ability to control pitch, etc, indefinitely. Of course, we are hoping for the best possible outcome. But, we are also here in hopes of supporting and encouraging her to make the album as originally planned in the event that she is unable to do so in the future."
The good news is that the surgery was successful and she recorded her album which features her own songs and as can be seen from the videos the live performances are helped along by Shaye Cohn.
Here is a record review of "Waiting For Stars":