HOME GAMES Braithwaite joins the fab roster of the Funny Girls & Dynamic Divas benefit for Sistering, Tuesday (June 5) at the Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front West). $50. 416-205-5555, www.sistering.org.
NICKNAMES Diney, Diney Doodle, Dee, Minnie ("Depending on who's the bearer of good news").
POSITION Vocals, piano. Dying to learn how to play the banjo
TEAM MEMBERS Current teammate is Kansas-born Chris Whiteley, who plays guitar, harmonica and trumpet. Has sung the blues with John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Jeff Healey and others.
ROOKIE YEAR Surrounded by music growing up - one brother was a jazz pianist, another played harmonica and sang, sister was a classical pianist. Began playing piano by ear at age four and started lessons soon after. Performed at concerts with her family, belting out songs toddler-style.
LEAGUE Blues, traditional, spirituals, classics.
STATS Morning Sun (2007); Rollin' & Tumblin' (2006); Blues Dance (2004); All Thru The Year (2000); In This Time (1991); Carry My Name (1990); African Harvest (1989). Nominated for a Maple Blues Award for recording of the year for 07; Gemini Award for her script for the film Gracie; African-American Women in the Arts Award; chosen to play Lilith Fair in 1999.
SPECIAL TALENTS Cooking."And I love to turn a pot!"