Bettye LaVette

Two time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Her live performances are incendiary. The New York Times says "Ms. LaVetteā€¦uses every scrape, shout and break in her raspy voice, with a predator's sense of timing, to seize the drama of a song."

Bettye is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today, as opposed to resting on past laurels and recreating sounds of the past, as so many of her generation are want to do.

In Sept. of 2012 she released both a new album, Thankful N' Thoughtful (ANTI- Records), and her autobiography, A Woman Like Me (Penguin), written with David Ritz. To quote LaVette: "And still I rise!"

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