His juxtaposition of dark themes with a message to appreciate life is perhaps partly why his music was so surprisingly successful during such trying times. She was enormously successful throughout the twenties as a blues and sometimes jazz singer, and beyond that she was an inspiration to the black community, as she lived her life with confidence and uncompromising self-respect, on no one’s terms but her own. The Texas native dropped out of high school and made his way to Austin to play music; he formed a band that soon became well-known in the city. King toured Europe with his father in 1983, and since then the blues have been an integral part of his work. This self-assurance was part of the appeal of her rich, expressive vocals.