Born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Gloria Hardiman was a preacher’s daughter and expressed her religion in the gospel she sang. When she was six years old, her family moved to Chicago, where continued her music within the church, encouraged by many including Mahalia Jackson. Hardiman took her talent into the blues clubs and stages of Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, Nebraska, the Carolinas, Canada and Europe. She played everywhere from piano bars to hospitals, outdoor festivals to weddings each time with the same powerful convictions she learned from church. She appeared with Roy Buchanan on the 1986 release Today’s Blues – Volume 2, singing Why Don’t You Want Me?” and was the featured vocalist with Professor Blue’s Review on “Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On” from the 1987 collection, The New Bluebloods - The Next Generation Of Chicago Blues.