"Keisha D" Mimms.

“Keisha D” Mimms is truly one of the Coachella Valley entertainment world’s crown jewels. Her vocal ability and stage show are astounding; in fact, our readers voted for her as the Best Local Musician in our 2020-2021 Best of Coachella Valley Readers’ Poll. When she talked to us late last year, Keisha D spoke about her recent health battles—and she is currently on the figurative mend after a bout with COVID-19. Mimms is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are her answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Ozzfest!

What was the first album you owned?

Disney’s Cinderella soundtrack.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Bruno Mars.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Music with a lot of profanity or the N-word.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Journey!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Journey’s Greatest Hits.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Hollywood Bowl.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“So now I come to you with open arms, hoping you’ll see what your love means to me,” Journey, “Open Arms.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

So many influential musicians! Steve Perry, Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Steve Perry: How did he overcome cancer, and how did losing his voice affect him?

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Rise Up,” Andra Day.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

I really love everything! I just can’t say.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

I’m always inspired by “Rise Up.” It’s so powerful. It’s uplifting.

Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...