“Bettye LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as this generation’s most vital soul singer.”
—The New York Times
One of the most enduring performers of an era, LaVette is among the last surviving artists who birthed the Blues Age of the 1960s. She got her start in her family’s Detroit living room, where the traveling gospel groups of the day frequented. In 1962, at the age of 16, she recorded her first single, “My Man — He’s a Loving Man.” Atlantic picked up the record, and it soared to No. 7 on the R&B charts.
For more than three decades, she remained a cult favorite in soul circles. In 2003 her comeback album, A Woman Like Me, was born. The legend will hit The Soraya fresh off headlining this fall’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Golden Gate Park, performing classic hits in addition to songs from her new album of all-Bob Dylan songs, Things Have Changed.