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“Fifty years ago the Detroit music scene was in explosive bloom, and Bettye LaVette was one of the city’s bright young stars. The diminutive 16-year-old with a commanding voice had just crashed the R&B Top 10 with a saucy boast called “My Man – He’s a Lovin’ Man.” The talent it showcased predicted an ascendance that would seat Bettye LaVette…at the table reserved for immortals.”- Ben Edmonds / Detroit Free Press
“Miss LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as this generation’s most vital soul singer,” proclaims the New York Times.
“With a voice as powerful as Etta James and a story as compelling as Tina Turner,” says one Rolling Stone writer, “LaVette is embracing the superstar status that has eluded her since the sixties. Justice has been served. Her time has finally come.”
Two major creative endeavors came to fruition in 2012—a brilliantly reflective album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful, and a riveting autobiography, A Woman Like Me—both released last Fall. Together, they present Ms. LaVette at the top of her form, an artist with the unflinching courage to confront her past while reshaping her future.
At the heart of the Bettye LaVette story, whether sung as a song or narrated in a book, is the notion of creative survival. It is her voice that both announces and insures that survival; it is her voice that, no matter how dire the circumstances, lets you know that she will not be denied. It is her voice that compels you to listen to every word she says, sings or writes. That voice—rough, tender, sensuous and soaring—is an instrument of inspiration.
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