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Esther Phillips - And I Love Him

 

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Biography

 

Esther Phillips (born Esther Mae Jones; December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984)[1] was an American singer, best known for her R&B vocals.[2] She was a versatile singer and also performed pop, country, jazz, blues and soul music.

  

Early life

She was born Esther Mae Jones in Galveston, Texas. Her parents divorced when she was an adolescent, and she divided her time between her father, in Houston, and her mother, in the Watts section of Los Angeles. She was brought up singing in church and was reluctant to enter a talent contest at a local blues club, but her sister insisted. A mature singer at the age of 14, she won the amateur talent contest in 1949 at the Barrelhouse Club, owned by Johnny Otis. Otis was so impressed that he recorded her for Modern Records and added her to his traveling revue, the California Rhythm and Blues Caravan, billed as Little Esther. She later took the surname Phillips, reportedly inspired by a sign at a gas station.[3]

 

Early career

Her first hit record was "Double Crossing Blues", with the Johnny Otis Quintette and the Robins (a vocal group), released in 1950 by Savoy Records, which reached number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart. She made several hit records for Savoy with the Johnny Otis Orchestra, including "Mistrusting Blues" (a duet with Mel Walker) and "Cupid's Boogie", both of which also went to number 1 that year. Four more of her records made the Top 10 in the same year: "Misery" (number 9), "Deceivin' Blues" (number 4), "Wedding Boogie" (number 6), and "Far Away Blues (Xmas Blues)" (number 6). Few female artists performing in any genre had such success in their debut year.[2]

 

Phillips left Otis and the Savoy label at the end of 1950 and signed with Federal Records. But just as quickly as the hits had started, they stopped. She recorded more than thirty sides for Federal, but only one, "Ring-a-Ding-Doo", made the charts, reaching number 8 in 1952. Not working with Otis was part of her problem; the other part was her deepening dependence on heroin, to which she was addicted by the middle of the decade.[4] Being in the same room when Johnny Ace shot himself (accidentally) on Christmas Day, 1954, while in-between shows in Houston, presumably did not help matters.

 

In 1954, she returned to Houston to live with her father and recuperate. Short on money, she worked in small nightclubs around the South, punctuated by periodic hospital stays in Lexington, Kentucky, to treat her addiction. In 1962, Kenny Rogers discovered her singing at a Houston club and helped her get a contract with Lenox Records, owned by his brother Lelan.

 

Comeback

Phillips eventually recovered enough to launch a comeback in 1962. Now billed as Esther Phillips instead of Little Esther, she recorded a country tune, "Release Me", with the producer Bob Gans. This went to number 1 on the R&B chart and number 8 on the pop chart. After several other minor R&B hits for Lenox, she was signed by Atlantic Records. Her cover of the Beatles' song "And I Love Him" nearly made the R&B Top 10 in 1965. The Beatles flew her to the UK for her first overseas performances.[5]

 

She had other hits in the 1960s for Atlantic, such as the critically acclaimed Jimmy Radcliffe song "Try Me", which featured a saxophone part by King Curtis (and is often mistakenly credited as the James Brown song of the same title), but she had no more chart-toppers. Her heroin dependence worsened, and she checked into a rehabilitation facility. There she met the singer Sam Fletcher. While undergoing treatment, she recorded some sides for Roulette in 1969, mostly produced by Lelan Rogers. On her release, she moved back to Los Angeles and re-signed with Atlantic. Her friendship with Fletcher resulted in a performance engagement at Freddie Jett's Pied Piper club in late 1969, which produced the album Burnin'. She performed with the Johnny Otis Show at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1970.

 

The 1970s

"With her lubricious, naturally sardonic high vibrato, this modern blues singer is well equipped to carry Dinah Washington's torch, and a club date with the likes of Chuck Rainey and Cornell Dupree is the perfect place for her to shine her light—even the horn overdubs sound hot."

–Review of Burnin' in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981)[6]

One of her biggest post-1950s triumphs was her first album for Kudu Records, From a Whisper to a Scream, in 1972. The lead track, "Home Is Where the Hatred Is", an account of drug use written by Gil Scott-Heron, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Phillips lost to Aretha Franklin, but Franklin presented the trophy to her, saying she should have won it instead.[7]

 

In 1975, she released a disco-style update of Dinah Washington's "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes", her biggest hit single since "Release Me". It reached the Top 20 in the United States and the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[8] On November 8, 1975, she performed the song on an episode of NBC's Saturday Night (later called Saturday Night Live) hosted by Candice Bergen. The accompanying album of the same name became her biggest seller yet, with arranger Joe Beck on guitar, Michael Brecker on tenor sax, David Sanborn on alto sax, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Steve Khan on guitar and Don Grolnick on keyboards.

 

She continued to record and perform throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, completing seven albums for Kudu/CTI and four for Mercury Records, which signed her in 1977. Her first album for Mercury, You've Come a Long Way, Baby, was released that year; according to Village Voice critic Robert Christgau, "using Kudu producer Pee Wee Ellis and the basic Kudu formula—mixing blues and standards and rock with MOR and disco crossovers—she comes up with her most consistent album of the '70s."[6]

 

In 1983, she charted for the final time with "Turn Me Out", recorded for Muse, a small independent label, which reached number 85 on the R&B chart. She completed recording her final album a few months before her death; it was released by Muse in 1986.

 

Death

Phillips died at UCLA Medical Center in Carson, California, in 1984, at the age of 48, from liver and kidney failure due to long-term drug abuse.[9] Her funeral services were conducted by Johnny Otis.[7] Originally buried in an unmarked pauper's grave at Lincoln Memorial Park in Compton,[10] she was reinterred in 1985 in the Morning Light section at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, in Los Angeles. A bronze marker recognizes her career achievements and quotes a Bible passage: "In My Father's House Are Many Mansions" (John 14:2).

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Phillips was twice nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986 and 1987, but was not inducted.[11]

 

Grammy nominations

Esther Phillips Grammy Award History[12]

YearCategoryTitleGenreLabelResult

1970Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Female"Set Me Free"R&BAtlanticNominee

1972Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Female"From a Whisper to a Scream"R&BKudu/CTINominee

1973Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Female"Alone Again (Naturally)"R&BKudu/CTINominee

1975Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Female"What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"R&BKudu/CTINominee

Discography

Albums

YearTitleLabelUS

[13]US

Jazz

[13]US

R&B

[13]

1963Release MeLenox46

1965And I Love Him!Atlantic

1966Esther Phillips Sings

The Country Side of Esther

1970Live at Freddie Jett's Pied Piper

Burnin' (Live)115127

1972From a Whisper to a ScreamKudu/CTI13716

Alone Again, NaturallyKudu/CTI1771526

1974Black-Eyed Blues2051517

1975Performance2746

Esther Phillips and Joe Beck3

What a Diff'rence a Day MakesKudu/CTI3213

1976*Capricorn PrincessKudu/CTI1502340

Confessin' the Blues*Atlantic* (1966, 1970)[14]1702635

For All We KnowKudu/CTI3233

1977You've Come a Long Way, BabyMercury

1978All About Esther

1979Here's Esther, Are You Ready47

1981Good Black Is Hard to Crack

1986A Way to Say GoodbyeMuse

Singles

YearSingleChart positions

USUS

R&BUS

ACUK

[1]

1950"Double Crossing Blues"*—1——

"Mistrusting Blues"*—1——

"Misery"*—9——

"Cupid's Boogie"*—1——

"Deceivin' Blues"*—4——

"Wedding Boogie"*—6——

"Far Away Blues (Xmas Blues)"*—6——

1952"Ring-a-Ding-Doo"—8——

1962"Release Me"81——

1963"I Really Don't Want to Know"61———

"Am I That Easy to Forget"112———

"You Never Miss Your Water (Til the Well Runs Dry)"**73———

"If You Want It (I've Got It)"**129———

1964"Hello Walls"—36——

1965"And I Love Him"541114—

"Moonglow and Theme from Picnic"115—28—

"Let Me Know When It's Over"129———

1966"When a Woman Loves a Man"7326——

1969"Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry"12135——

1970"Set Me Free"11839——

1972"Home Is Where the Hatred Is"12240——

"Baby, I'm for Real"—38——

"I've Never Found a Man (To Love Me Like You Do)"10617——

1975"What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"***2010296

1976"For All We Know"—98——

1983"Turn Me Out"—85——

Notes: *With the Johnny Otis Orchestra. **With Big Al Downing. ***"What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" also reached number 2 on the US Dance chart. Another two-sided single, "Magic's In the Air" / "Boy I Really Tied One On", peaked at number 5 on the same chart in 1976.

 

Complete singles for Federal Records, 1951–1953

All released on 45- and 78-rpm records

 

1951

Federal 12016, "The Deacon Moves In" (with the Dominoes) / "Other Lips, Other Arms"

Federal 12023, "I'm a Bad, Bad Girl" / "Don't Make a Fool Out of Me"

Federal 12036, "Lookin' for a Man to Satisfy My Soul" / "Heart to Heart" (with The Dominoes)

Federal 12042, "Cryin' and Singin' the Blues" / "Tell Him That I Need Him"

 

1952

Federal 12055, "Ring-a-Ding-Doo" (with Bobby Nunn) / "The Cryin' Blues"

Federal 12063, "Summertime" / "The Storm"

Federal 12065, "Better Beware" / "I'll Be There"

Federal 12078, "Aged and Mellow" / "Bring My Lovin' Back to Me"

Federal 12090, "Ramblin' Blues" / "Somebody New"

Federal 12100, "Mainliner" (with 4 Jacks) / "Saturday Night Daddy" (with Bobby Nunn)

 

1953

Federal 12108, "Last Laugh Blues" (with Little Willie Littlefield) / "Flesh, Blood and Bones"

Federal 12115, "Turn The Lamp Down Low" (with Little Willie Littlefield) / "Hollerin' and Screamin'"

Federal 12122, "You Took My Love Too Fast" (with Bobby Nunn) / "Street Lights"

Federal 12126, "Hound Dog" / "Sweet Lips"

Federal 12142, "Cherry Wine" / "Love Oh Love"

 

Taken from the original logbooks of the defunct Federal Records, which I copied decades ago.I?

 

Filmography

Television

1965: The Music of Lennon & McCartney, musical guest[15]

1970: The Barbara McNair Show, musical guest[16]

1970: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, musical guest

1975: Saturday Night Live, musical guest

References

Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 425. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

Santelli, Robert (2001). The Big Book of Blues: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Penguin Books. p. 376. ISBN 0-14-015939-8.

Freeland, David (2001). Ladies of Soul. University Press of Mississippi. p. xxiii. ISBN 1-57806-331-0.

Larkin, Colin (1995). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music. p. 3246. ISBN 1-56159-176-9.

McCartney, Paul; Lennon, John; Harrison, George; Starr, Ringo (2000). The Beatles Anthology by Beatles. Chronicle Books. p. 196. ISBN 0-8118-2684-8.

Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.

O'Neal, Jim; van Singel, Amy (eds.) (2002). The Voice of the Blues: Classic Interviews from Living Blues Magazine. Routledge. p. 376. ISBN 0-415-93653-5.

Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness. p. 3247.

"Blues Singer Esther Phillips Dead at 48", Baltimore Afro-American, August 4, 1984.

"Esther Phillips' Remains Reinterred At Forest Lawn", Jet, September 2, 1985.

"Complete List of Nominees and Inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2012.

"The Envelope, Awards Database". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times Magazine. Retrieved July 7, 2012.

Steve Huey. "Esther Phillips biography". All Music. Rovi Corp. Retrieved July 7, 2012.

The wrong date is often given for this album, on the Internet and on LPs. The original recording dates were in 1966 and 1970. The album was reissued in 1976 under the 1966 title. Some of the personnel on the album were no longer alive in 1976, so the album could not have been recorded that late.

"Full cast and crew for The Music of Lennon & McCartney (1965)". Internet Movie Data base. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 7 July 2012.

"Biography for Little Esther Phillips". Internet Movie Data base. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 7 July 20

  

Another great singer the Fabulous Patti Labelle from Philadelphia

 

Bought this autographed copy signed by Patti in her autobiography

titled " Don't Block the Blessings Hardcover – October 4, 1996

by Patti Labelle (Author)

 

Another great singer the Fabulous Patti Labelle from Philadelphia

 

Bought this autographed copy signed by Patti in her autobiography

titled " Don't Block the Blessings Hardcover – October 4, 1996

by Patti Labelle (Author)

  

Documentary on YouTube about her life and career.Patti is one of

the great singers and I highly recommend reading her autobiography.

She is one of classy ladies of soul and her dynamic and resilent

personality has kept her music and career in the spotlight with

many awards and acclaims.She is highly respected throughout the

music industry and loved by her fans throughout the world.

 

Brief documentary on Patti Labelle below on YouTube.

Check also on YouTube as I noted a few other documentaries

on her life and career.

  

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJdhwMXVxJs

  

Patti LaBelle

  

Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holte; May 24, 1944)[1] is an American singer, actress, and

 

entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the

 

vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group's name change to Labelle in

 

the early 1970s, they released the iconic disco song "Lady Marmalade" and the group later

 

became the first African-American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.[1]

 

After the group split in 1976, LaBelle began a successful solo career, starting with her

 

critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song, "You Are My Friend".

 

LaBelle became a mainstream solo star in 1984 following the success of the singles, "If Only

 

You Knew", "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up", with the latter two crossing over to pop audiences

 

and becoming radio staples.[1]

 

Less than two years later, in 1986, LaBelle scored with the number-one album, Winner in You and

 

the number-one duet single, "On My Own", with Michael McDonald. LaBelle eventually won a 1992

 

Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1991 album, Burnin', followed by a second

 

Grammy win for the live album, Live! One Night Only. Her 1990s albums, Burnin', Gems (1994) and

 

Flame (1997), continued her popularity with young R&B audiences throughout the decade.

 

Following the release of two mildly receptive solo albums in the early new millennium, she

 

reunited with her Labelle band mates for the album, Back to Now, followed by a briefly well

 

received promotional tour.[1] LaBelle's success has extended as an actress with a notable role

 

in the film, A Soldier's Story, and in TV shows such as A Different World and American Horror

 

Story: Freak Show. In 1992, LaBelle starred in her own TV sitcom, Out All Night. A decade

 

later, LaBelle hosted her own lifestyle TV show, Living It Up with Patti LaBelle on TV One. In

 

2015, LaBelle took part in the dance competition, Dancing with the Stars.

 

In a career that has spanned fifty years, she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

 

LaBelle has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the

 

Apollo Theater Hall of Fame. LaBelle was included in Rolling Stone on their list of 100

 

Greatest Singers.[2][3] LaBelle is commonly identified as the "Godmother of Soul".[4] LaBelle

 

is a dramatic soprano and is noted for her vocal power, range and emotive delivery.[5][6][7]

 

She also has a cake named "Patti LaBelle's Fancy Cake".

  

Early life and career[edit]

 

Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles[edit]

 

LaBelle was born Patricia Louise Holte on May 24, 1944, in the Eastwick section of Southwest

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the second youngest child of Henry and Bertha Holte's three

 

children, and the next-to-youngest of five children overall. Her siblings were Thomas Hogan Jr.

 

(b. 1930), Vivian Hogan (1932-1975), Barbara (1942-1982) and Jacqueline "Jackie" (1945-1989).

 

[8] Her father was a railroad worker and club performer and her mother was a domestic. Despite

 

enjoying her childhood, LaBelle would later write in her memoirs, Don't Block the Blessings,

 

that her parents' marriage was abusive. Shortly after her parents' divorce, when Patti was

 

twelve, she was sexually molested by a family friend. Patti joined a local church choir at the

 

Beulah Baptist Church at ten and performed her first solo two years later. While she was

 

growing up, she listened to secular music styles such as R&B and jazz music as well. When she

 

was sixteen, she won a talent competition at her high school, John Bartram High School. This

 

success led to Patti forming her first singing group, the Ordettes, in 1960, with schoolmates

 

Jean Brown, Yvonne Hogen and Johnnie Dawson.[9] The group, with Patti as front woman, became a

 

local attraction until two of its members left to marry, while another was kicked out of the

 

group by her religious father.[10] In 1962, the Ordettes included three new members, Cindy

 

Birdsong, Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, the latter two girls having sung for another now defunct

 

vocal group.[10] That year, they auditioned for local record label owner Harold Robinson.

 

Robinson agreed to work with the group after Patti began singing the song "I Sold My Heart to

 

the Junkman". Initially Robinson was dismissive of Patti due to his feeling Patti was "too dark

 

and too plain".[10]

 

Shortly after signing them, he had them record as the Blue Belles and they were selected to

 

promote the recording of "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman", which had been recorded by The

 

Starlets, but was assigned as a Blue Belles single due to label conflict.[10] The Starlets'

 

manager sued Harold Robinson after the Blue Belles were seen performing a lip-synching version

 

of the song on American Bandstand.[10] After settling out of court, Robinson altered the

 

group's name to "Patti LaBelle and The Blue Belles".[10] Initially, a Billboard ad cited the

 

group as "Patti Bell and the Blue Bells".[11] In 1963, the group scored their first hit single

 

with the ballad "Down the Aisle" which became a crossover top 40 hit on the Billboard pop and

 

R&B charts after King Records issued it. Later in the year, they recorded their rendition of

 

the "You'll Never Walk Alone"; the single was later re-released on Cameo-Parkway Records where

 

the group scored a second hit on the pop charts with the song in 1964. Another charted single,

 

"Danny Boy", was released that same year. In 1965, after Cameo-Parkway folded, the group moved

 

to New York and signed with Atlantic Records where they recorded twelve singles for the label,

 

including the mildly charted singles "All or Nothing" and "Take Me for a Little While". The

 

group's Atlantic tenure included their rendition of "Over the Rainbow" and a version of the

 

song "Groovy Kind of Love". In 1967, Birdsong left the group to join The Supremes and by 1970

 

the group had been dropped from Atlantic Records as well as by their longtime manager Bernard

 

Montague.

 

That year, Vicki Wickham, producer of the UK music show Ready, Steady, Go, agreed to manage the

 

group after Dusty Springfield mentioned signing them. Wickham's first direction for the group

 

was for them to change their name to simply Labelle and advised the group to renew their act,

 

going for a more homegrown look and sound that reflected funk, rock and psychedelic soul. In

 

1971, the group opened for The Who in several stops on the group's U.S. tour.

  

Main article: Label

 

Labelle signed with the Warner Music imprint Track Records and released their self-titled debut

 

album in 1971. The record's psychedelic soul sound and its blending of rock and soul rhythms

 

was a departure from the group's early sound. That same year, they sang background vocals on

 

Laura Nyro's album, Gonna Take a Miracle. A year later, in 1972, the group released Moon

 

Shadow, which repeated the homegrown gritty sound of the previous album. In 1973, influenced by

 

glam rockers David Bowie and Elton John, Wickham had the group dressed in silver space suits

 

and luminescent makeup.[12]

 

After their third successive album, Pressure Cookin', failed to generate a hit, Labelle signed

 

with Epic Records in 1974, releasing their most successful album to date, with Nightbirds,

 

which blended soul, funk and rock music, thanks to the work of the album's producer, Allen

 

Toussaint. The single, "Lady Marmalade", would become their biggest-selling single, going

 

number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over a million copies, as did Nightbirds, which

 

later earned a RIAA gold award, for sales of a million units. In October 1974, Labelle made pop

 

history by becoming the first rock and roll vocal group to perform at the Metropolitan Opera

 

House.[13] Riding high on the success of "Lady Marmalade" and the Nightbirds album, Labelle

 

made the cover of Rolling Stone in 1975.

 

Labelle released two more albums, Phoenix and Chameleon in 1975 and 1976, respectively. While

 

both albums continued the group's critical success, none of the singles issued on those albums

 

ever crossed over to the pop charts. By 1976, Patti, Nona and Sarah began arguing over the

 

group's musical direction. Personal difficulties came to a head during a show on December 16,

 

1976, in Baltimore, Maryland, where Hendryx went backstage and injured herself during a nervous

 

breakdown. Following the incident, LaBelle advised that the group separate.

 

Solo career[edit]

 

Early solo career (1977–1984)[edit]

 

Signing a solo contract with Epic Records in 1977, she recruited David Rubinson, producer of

 

Chameleon, to record her self-titled debut album, which was released that year. The album was

 

noted for the disco hits, "Joy to Have Your Love" and "Dan Swit Me" and the gospel ballad, "You

 

Are My Friend", the latter song becoming her first career-defining single despite its low entry

 

on the R&B chart. Three more albums were released in succession on Epic through 1980, with the

 

songs "Eyes in the Back of My Head", "Little Girls", "Music is My Way of Life", "Come What

 

May", "Release (The Tension)" and "I Don't Go Shopping" (the latter song co-written by Peter

 

Allen) being the most successful.

 

After four albums on Epic, LaBelle signed with Philadelphia International Records where she

 

recorded her career-defining version of "Over the Rainbow" on the album The Spirit's in It. In

 

1982, she was featured on the Grover Washington duet "The Best Is Yet to Come", and earned

 

accolades that year for starring in the Broadway musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God.

 

"The Best Is Yet to Come" later earned LaBelle her first Grammy Award nomination. In 1983,

 

LaBelle released her breakthrough album I'm in Love Again which included her first top ten R&B

 

singles, with "Love, Need and Want You" and "If Only You Knew", the latter song also becoming

 

her first number-one single as a solo artist in early 1984. Later in 1984, she scored another

 

hit with Bobby Womack on the song "Love Has Finally Come at Last" and appeared as a club singer

 

in the film A Soldier's Story.

 

Crossover success (1984–2009)[edit]

     

LaBelle promoting AIDS awareness in the 1980s

In 1984, LaBelle recorded the songs "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up" for the soundtrack to the

 

Eddie Murphy film, Beverly Hills Cop. Following the release of the film, "New Attitude" was

 

released as a single in late 1984 and became LaBelle's first crossover solo hit, reaching

 

number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a signature song. "Stir It Up" found similar

 

success on pop radio and as a staple in dance clubs. In 1985, LaBelle performed on the TV

 

special, Motown Returns to Apollo and also as part of the all-star benefit concert, Live Aid.

 

LaBelle's notoriety from performing on these two specials made her a pop star and led to having

 

her own television special later that same year. Also in the same year, a video of a

 

performance from her tour of that year was issued on VHS. During this period, LaBelle ended her

 

contractual obligations to Philadelphia International and signed with MCA Records.

 

In 1986, LaBelle released her best-selling solo album to date with Winner in You with the album

 

reaching number one on the pop charts. The album included the international number-one hit, "On

 

My Own" and the hit ballad "Oh People". The success of Winner in You would prove to be the peak

 

of her solo success, though she continued her acclaim with the 1989 release of Be Yourself,

 

which featured "Yo Mister" and the hit ballad "If You Asked Me To", which found bigger success

 

in a remake by singer Celine Dion. In the year of that album's release, LaBelle began a

 

successful stint in a recurring role on A Different World, the success of which spawned a brief

 

sitcom of her own, titled Out All Night, which only lasted a season. In 1991, she recorded a

 

hit duet version of the Babyface composition, "Superwoman" with Gladys Knight and Dionne

 

Warwick. The trio had previously appeared in the Sisters in the Name of Love TV special in

 

1987. The same year of the release of "Superwoman", LaBelle issued the solo album, Burnin',

 

which went gold, with three successive top five singles on the R&B charts. This success led to

 

LaBelle winning her first Grammy Award in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category in the

 

34th Annual Grammy Award Ceremony of 1992, sharing the win with singer Lisa Fischer, who won

 

for her hit ballad, "How Can I Ease the Pain", in a rare tie in the history of the Grammys.[14]

 

LaBelle's 1994 album, Gems, also went gold and featured the hit, "The Right Kinda Lover". Three

 

years after that, LaBelle released the album, Flame, which included the dance hit, "When You

 

Talk About Love". LaBelle released her best-selling memoirs, Don't Block the Blessings, in

 

1996, and released the first of five best-selling cookbooks in 1997. In 1998, she released the

 

live album, Live! One Night Only, later resulting in a second Grammy win the following

 

February. It remains her most recent Grammy win. In 2000, LaBelle released her final MCA album,

 

When a Woman Loves, before signing with Def Soul Classics to release the 2004 album, Timeless

 

Journey. Following the release of her 2005 covers album, Classic Moments, LaBelle engaged in a

 

rivalry with Antonio "L.A." Reid over the direction of her career, leading to her leaving the

 

label.[15]In the same year, the World Music Awards recognized her years in the music business

 

by awarding her the Legend Award. In 2006, she released her first gospel album, The Gospel

 

According to Patti LaBelle on the Bungalo label, the album later peaking at number one on

 

Billboard's gospel chart.[16] LaBelle also released the book, Patti's Pearls, during this

 

period. She returned to Def Jam in 2007 and released her second holiday album, Miss Patti's

 

Christmas. In 2008, LaBelle briefly reunited with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash as Labelle on the

 

group's first new album in more than 30 years, Back to Now.

 

Later career (2010–present)[edit]

     

LaBelle singing at a Obama presidential campaign, 2008 event

On September 14, 2010, LaBelle made a return two decades after her last Broadway performance to

 

star in the award-winning musical Fela![18] about Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. LaBelle

 

replaced Tony Award-nominee Lillias White as Fela's mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and

 

remained with the production through the end of its run on January 2, 2011.[19]

 

On May 23, 2011, LaBelle appeared on "Oprah's Farewell Spectacular, Part 1" the first show in a

 

series of three shows constituting the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show, singing "Over the

 

Rainbow" with Josh Groban.[20] LaBelle was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the

 

BET Awards on June 26, 2011.[21] LaBelle and Aretha Franklin, among others, performed at the

 

"Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House" concert hosted by President Barack Obama at

 

the White House, recorded on March 6, 2014.[22]

 

On June 10, 2014, LaBelle returned to Broadway as the cast and creative team of the Tony

 

Award-nominated smash hit Broadway musical After Midnight, welcomed her as "Special Guest

 

Star".[23] In August 2014, it was announced that LaBelle would appear in a guest role on the

 

upcoming fourth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story,

 

subtitled Freak Show.[24]

 

On February 24, 2015, LaBelle was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on the

 

20th season of Dancing with the Stars.[25] She partnered with professional dancer Artem

 

Chigvintsev.[26] The couple was eliminated on Week 6 and finished in eighth place.[27] LaBelle

 

has consistently toured the United States selling out shows in various markets. In 2012 and

 

2014 she appeared with Frankie Beverly & Maze on cross-country USA tours. In 2015 LaBelle made

 

a guest appearance on Fox's television series Empire as herself.[28]

 

She is scheduled to be a "key advisor" on the NBC series The Voice

Her first jazz album, Bel Hommage, was released in 2017

 

Personal life

 

LaBelle later accounted in her memoirs that she was sexually assaulted by Jackie Wilson while

 

at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre in the 1960s. Around 1964, LaBelle was engaged to Otis Williams,

 

founding member of The Temptations. In 1969, LaBelle married a longtime friend, Armstead

 

Edwards. After LaBelle started a solo career, Edwards became her manager until the couple

 

separated in the late 1990s. In 2000, the couple announced they had legally separated. Three

 

years later, their divorce was finalized. They have a son, Zuri Kye Edwards (born 1973), who is

 

now her current manager. Through Zuri, LaBelle is a grandmother of two. In addition to Zuri,

 

LaBelle has two people in her life who are like sons to her, Dodd and Stanley. LaBelle came to

 

know them after the death of their mother, Veaunita, a neighborhood acquaintance.

 

In 1975, her eldest sister Vivian Hogan Rogers died of lung cancer at 43. In 1982, she lost her

 

second-eldest sister, Barbara Holte Purifoy, to colon cancer at 40. In October 1978, she lost

 

her mother, Bertha, to diabetes.[31] In 1989, she lost her father Henry to emphysema brought on

 

by complications of Alzheimer's disease and her youngest sister, Jacqueline "Jackie" Holte

 

Padgett, to lung cancer. Like Vivian, Jackie was also only 43 when she died. LaBelle dedicated

 

her album, Burnin' and her rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" in her 1991/92 concert tour to

 

Padgett. After burying Padgett, LaBelle shot the music video to "If You Asked Me To". LaBelle

 

said because of her family dying early, she felt she wouldn't make it to 50 and said she felt

 

her life was born anew after reaching that age. In 1995, LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes.

 

LaBelle has a home in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood and also has condos in Los Angeles

 

and in the Bahamas.

   

Ladies of Soul (American Made Music) Paperback – 18 Oct 2001

 

American soul music of the 1960s is one of the most creative and influential musical forms of the twentieth century. With its merging of gospel, R&B, country, and blues, soul music succeeded in crossing over from African American culture into the general pop culture. Soul became the byword for the styles, attitudes, and dreams of an entire era. Female performers were responsible for some of the most enduring and powerful contributions to the genre. All too frequently overlooked by the star-making critics, seven of these women are profiled in this book -Maxine Brown, Ruby Johnson, Denise LaSalle, Bettye LaVette, Barbara Mason, Carla Thomas, and Timi Yuro. Getting started during the heyday of soul, each of these talented women had recording contracts and gave live performances to appreciative audiences. Their careers can be tracked through the popularity of soul during the 1960s and its decline in the 1970s. With humor, candor, pride, and honest recognition that their careers did not surge into the mainstream and gain superstardom, they recount individual stories of how they struggled for success. Their oral histories as told to David Freeland address compelling issues, including racism and sexism within the music industry. They discuss their grueling hardships on the road, their conflicts with male managers, and the cutthroat competition in the recording business. As each singer examines her career with the author, she reveals the dreams, hopes, and desires on which she has built her professional life. All seven face up to the career swings, from the highs of releasing the first hit to the frustrating lows when the momentum stops. Although the obstacles to stardom are heartbreaking, these singers are committed to their art. With determination and style these seven have pressed onward with club appearances and recordings. They survive through their savvy mix of talent, hubris, and honesty about their lives and their music. David Freeland is an oral historian and artistic adviser of a performance series at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia's School for Social Work.

 

Book Review:

 

By: Ralph McKnight,

  

How many times have I gone to a club and watched incredible singers give astounding performances and ended up asking myself, "why isn't she/he a star?" Many of these entertainers are professionals, but for some reason, have not achieved the heights that many other, equally talented people have.

My record collection is filled with such artists: Howard Tate, Loleatta Holloway, Syl Johnson, Vanetta Fields, Otis Clay, Anna King, Shirley Brown, Johnny Bristol, Peggy Scott-Adams and many others.

 

Author, David Freeland, obviously felt the same way, as he set out to showcase seven unheralded female soul singers from '60s, by giving them some overdue recognition in his new book, "Ladies of Soul" (University Press of Mississippi) . Among them are some of my personal favorites, starting with the incomparable, Bettye LaVette ("Let Me Down Easy", "He Made A Woman Out of Me"), who knocked me out when I first heard her demanding voice on the radio singing "You Killed the Love". I had no idea that this singer was only 16 years old, for she emoted like an experienced woman of 40. That voice was coarse, even nasty at times, pleading and fraught with the harsh experiences of life, affects of cigarettes, booze and too many men. Many feel she has a "churchy" sound, but LaVette swears that she is a child of the blues. Wherever it came from, that voice affected me deeply. Since, I have seen her bear witness, "live" in performance, giving 110% of herself and working harder than Tina Turner during her torrid times with Ike. Bettye hits the stage with a vengeance so strong that it make one wonder "what's behind the real woman, off-stage". Tina, by the way, covered Bettye's first hit record, "My Man (He's a Lovin' Man)".

 

Maxine Brown is gifted singer who has had many hits and deserves the spotlight in this book. Her immense talent has grown with experience and she is one of the best soul singers around. One of her big hits, "Oh No Not My Baby" was later recorded by Aretha Franklin. Today, she sounds better than she did when she was on Scepter with label-mates, Chuck Jackson and Dionne Warwick. Maxine is also famous for "Funny" and "It's All in My Mind".

 

The misunderstood, Timi Yuro, who's career and voice puzzled many (some thought she was a man, others were convinced she was African-American). She's Italian and has a soul as deep as the rivers. As a young girl, not only did she sing opera to appease her father, she sang in black churches (thanks to a religious black nanny) and toured later, as a professional, with the icons of soul like Little Richard and Etta James on the chitlin' circuit. On the recently released CD, "Timi Yuro 'Live' @ PJ's", Timi sounds more like Mavis Staples than Mavis Staples! Miss Yuro was asked by Frank Sinatra to tour Australia with him in the late 60s and her records were produced by such giants as Quincy Jones and Clyde Otis. Timi's first hit, "Hurt", was covered by Elvis Presley. Timi's other hits include, "What's the Matter, Baby?" and "Smile" which are especially effective.

 

David Freeland has done a remarkable job with his hands on research and wasted not a second, quoting what others had written on this subject. He traveled the USA and found these women and interviewed them, in person, in depth. It seems that he quickly became the vehicle they could utilize to voice their anger, frustration, exhilaration and hope.

 

Also fascinating, were Freeland's conversations with Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, whose candid insights into achieving success in the record business (then and now) and the unpredictable tastes of the record buying public were truly telling. Frank perceptions into the lives of many soul performers were punctuated by Juggy Murray, founder of Sue Records.

 

David interviewed DJ's, engineers...numerous people who make their living in the recording industry. This gives his book its distinctive authenticity.

 

I was not familiar with the personal life of Denise LaSalle ("Trapped, By this Thing Called Love"), before reading this book. Over the years I have purchased her albums and enjoyed her brassy brand of r & b. After reading her story, I conclude that she is substantive, opinionated and also a savvy, smart business woman. Carla Thomas ("Gee Whiz") turns out to be an interesting character. Her career sizzled just below the boiling point and she never achieved the stardom she deserved. It was also interesting to read about Barbara Mason ("Yes, I'm Ready"), whose records I've enjoyed over the years, and to get to know the one singer I wasn't familiar with, Ruby Johnson.

 

The book is not just "I made this record and sang with this person", it covers the morose as well, not only in the music industry, but societal injustice, as well. Travels through the south, having to deal with the America's ugliest demon, racism, brushes with the Ku Klux Klan, all are undeniably apart of these scenarios.

 

Very revealing are the observations by Bettye LaVette regarding the city of Detroit, during the heyday of Motown. Hers is a much darker portrayal of the same occurrences that were described in other books like Mary Wilson's, the Temptations' or Martha Reeves' biographies.

 

The important accomplishment here, is that this book stimulates one's appetite to hear these grand ladies sing! Enter their names on any Internet search engine and you'll find more information on each of them. Thankfully, they have CDs in the large record stores or can be ordered online.

 

--Ralph McKnight - New York City

  

We are on our way to Noce! It's our Saturday night journey to Des Moines Jazz Club to see Tina Haase Findlay: Ladies Of Soul. She is a phenomenal jazz singer!

 

And the clouds overlooking the city makes for a watchful sort of picture.

Glennis Grace, geboren als Glenda Hulita Elisabeth Batta (Amsterdam, 19 juni 1978), is een Curaçaos-Nederlandse zangeres.

 

Grace groeide op in de Amsterdamse Jordaan. Haar moeder is Nederlandse en haar vader is afkomstig van Curaçao. Ze was als kind al veel met muziek bezig. Op zesjarige leeftijd beklom ze voor het eerst het podium. Drie jaar later kreeg ze de kans om haar stem te ontwikkelen in een klein studiootje dat haar opa speciaal voor haar op een zolderkamer gebouwd had. Naar eigen zeggen ontdekte Grace de kracht van het zingen toen ze van haar moeder het singeltje One Moment In Time van Whitney Houston kreeg en vervolgens net zo goed wilde worden als haar Amerikaanse voorbeeld.

 

Op elfjarige leeftijd deed Grace mee aan het Unicef Gala for Kids, gepresenteerd door Audrey Hepburn. Julio Iglesias was hierbij ook te gast. Hij was zo onder de indruk van Grace' zangkwaliteiten dat hij haar uitnodigde om een duet te zingen in Ahoy', tijdens zijn concertreeks. In 1991 zong ze enkele liedjes in voor de kindertelevisiereeks MiniStars. Ze kon wegens ziekte de opnames echter niet bijwonen en werden de liedjes met haar stem geplaybackt door anderen.

 

Grace won op 6 oktober 1994 als zestienjarige de Soundmixshow als Whitney Houston. Ze sleepte hiermee een platencontract in de wacht en haar eerste single I'm Gonna Be Strong behaalde nog datzelfde jaar de dertiende plaats in de Mega Top 50. Haar eerste album Real Emotion uit 1995 deed echter vrij weinig. Ook de daaropvolgende singles stonden niet garant voor succes.

 

Vanaf 1996 werd het stiller rondom de zangeres. Grace maakte voor het label Koch nog wel de single Goodbye. Ze verhuisde naar Diemen en volgde in de periode 1998–2000 een opleiding aan de Frank Sanders Academie te Amsterdam. Grace stond sporadisch in de schijnwerpers zoals in 1999 tijdens een medley uit de West Side Story samen met Frans Bauer in Ahoy'. In 2002 stond de zangeres weer in Ahoy', ditmaal als gastzangeres tijdens In Concert In The Round van René Froger. Ze deed ook mee op de duettenplaat Gordon & van zanger Gordon.

 

In 2003 zag haar tweede album Secrets Of My Soul het levenslicht. Omdat er een aantal bekende internationale namen aan dit album hadden meegewerkt, werd er nogal wat van verwacht, maar de plaat flopte. Uitgebrachte singles als Always On My Mind en Absolutely Not deden het ook niet goed en opnieuw raakte de zangeres in de vergetelheid.

 

Om haar carrière een nieuw leven in te blazen ging Grace in 2005 in op het aanbod om mee te doen aan het Nationaal Songfestival. Met de ballad My Impossible Dream won de zangeres uiteindelijk de finale en mocht zo Nederland vertegenwoordigen in de Oekraïense hoofdstad Kiev, waar het Eurovisiesongfestival dat jaar zou plaatsvinden. In Kiev kwam ze niet door de voorrondes heen, waardoor deelname aan de grote Europese finale van de baan was.

 

Na deze teleurstelling probeerde Grace nog succes te krijgen met het nummer Shake Up The Party. Ondanks een dure videoclip werd het nummer niet door radiozenders opgepikt, waardoor de plaat flopte. Het album My Impossible Dream deed het ook niet goed. Vanwege het uitblijven van een echte doorbraak werd Grace door haar platenlabel aan de kant gezet en verbrak haar manager John van Katwijk de samenwerking.

 

In 2006 stelde CNR Music, het label van Grace, haar voor om een geheel Nederlandstalig album op te nemen. In eerste instantie zag de zangeres het niet echt zitten, maar uiteindelijk koos ze voor de uitdaging en begon met producer Evert Abbing aan liedjes te werken. In november 2007 verscheen haar eerste Nederlandstalige single, Hoe. Het liedje werd ten gehore gebracht in het RTL 4-programma Life & Cooking en werd een bescheiden hit. In juli 2008 volgde de single Dansen met het Leven, maar wederom werd het 'grote' succes niet behaald.

 

Het Nederlandstalige album werd onder de titel Glennis in september door CNR Music uitgebracht, maar ook in de Album Top 100 wist de cd in eerste instantie geen hoge ogen te gooien. Een derde poging werd ondernomen met Als Je Slaapt, een ballad waarin Grace haar moedergevoelens uit voor zoontje Anthony Shane. Dankzij een optreden tijdens Life & Cooking won het nummer geleidelijk aan populariteit, om uiteindelijk op nummer 9 in de Single Top 100 te eindigen. Het platenlabel investeerde in een videoclip die voor extra media-aandacht zorgde.

 

Speciaal voor een wervingsactie voor het RTL4-programma Ik wed dat ik het kan!, zong Grace een herschreven versie van haar eerste Top 10-hit voor de Because I'm a Girl-campagne. Voor het programma De TV Kantine (met Carlo Boszhard en Irene Moors in de hoofdrollen) zong Grace de gelijknamige tune in.

 

Begin 2010 dook de zangeres weer de studio in om haar tweede Nederlandstalige album op te nemen met producers Fluitsma & Van Tijn. In mei verscheen daarvan de eerste single, Als Je Mij Weer Aankijkt, welke werd geschreven door onder anderen X Factor-winnaar Jaap van Reesema. Tijdens de eerste editie van het tv-programma Van Popster tot Operaster, waarin diverse nationale artiesten werden getraind tot het zingen van opera, won de zangeres met het lied Habanera uit de opera Carmen. Op 9 september ontving Grace uit handen van Buma Cultuur een Buma NL Award voor Beste Zangeres.

 

Eind maart 2011 raakte de carrière van Glennis Grace in een stroomversnelling dankzij haar deelname aan het derde seizoen van het tv-programma De beste zangers van Nederland. Tijdens de tweede uitzending in de reeks zong Grace een versie van het nummer Afscheid van Volumia!, waarmee ze won. Het optreden van Grace werd een grote hit op YouTube, met in korte tijd vele duizenden hits en leverde haar bovendien vele nieuwe boekingen op. Het nummer Afscheid werd daarom uitgebracht als digitale single en bereikte binnen enkele dagen al de nummer 1-positie in de iTunes-hitlijst. Op 8 april 2011 kwam Afscheid ook binnen op nummer 1 in de Single Top 100, waarmee Grace haar eerste nummer 1-hit in Nederland scoorde. Op 8 mei 2011 ontving zij uit handen van Carlo Boszhard een gouden plaat voor de single tijdens een live-uitzending van het tv-programma Carlo & Irene: Life4You.

 

Een maand later verscheen het album One Night Only, een liveopname van haar eerste concert in Club Dauphine in Amsterdam, welke op 27 april werd gehouden voor een publiek van ongeveer 150 mensen. Van dit concert werd tevens een dvd gelanceerd die wekenlang de nummer 1-positie van de DVD Music Top 30 bezet hield. Binnen anderhalve maand sinds de release wist One Night Only met de verkoop 25.000 exemplaren de status van goud te behalen. Op 27, 28 en 29 mei was de zangeres gastartiest tijdens Toppers in concert 2011 in de Amsterdam ArenA. Van het album One Night Only werd in augustus de single Always uitgebracht, die speciaal voor deze gelegenheid opnieuw werd opgenomen met het Metropole Orkest.

 

Op 29 september werd Grace wederom verkozen tot beste zangeres van Nederland door stemmers van de Buma NL Awards. Op 23 oktober gaf de zangeres haar eerste officiële concerten in samenwerking met RTL in Studio 21 te Hilversum. Op de valreep, net voor kerst, verscheen het nummer Wil Je Niet Nog 1 Nacht, een duet tussen Glennis en Edwin Evers. Het oorspronkelijk Engelstalig duet van countryzanger Jason Aldean met Kelly Clarkson werd door Evers van Nederlandse teksten voorzien. Toen hij Glennis vroeg om de demo ervan in te zingen, werd besloten om het eveneens als duet te zingen, met een single-release tot gevolg. Binnen enkele uren na de uitgave stond het nummer al op nummer 1 in de iTunes-hitlijst. In de Single Top 100 bereikte het de derde plaats. Tijdens een live-uitzending van Evers Staat Op op Radio 538 ontvingen Grace en Evers een gouden plaat voor de verkoop van 10.000 exemplaren van de single.

 

Succes en waardering

 

Begin mei 2012 verscheen Grace' langverwachte zesde studioalbum This Is My Voice, dat een selectie van Engelse en Nederlandstalige liedjes bevatte, geschreven door onder anderen Bart van der Weide en Dennis Huige van de band Racoon, Edwin Evers en Han Kooreneef. De eerste single Ik ben niet van jou bereikte nummer 27 in de Single Top 100; het album zelf steeg tot nummer 2 in de Album Top 100. Half mei 2012 trad Grace op tijdens Toppers in concert 2012 in de Amsterdam ArenA. Op 15 september gaf Grace haar allereerste 'grote' liveconcert in de Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, waarvan een registratie in november op cd/dvd verscheen. Tevens trad ze in november 2012 op bij de Night of the Proms in Rotterdam. Door de stemmers van Sterren.nl werd de zangeres het derde achtereenvolgende jaar gekozen tot Beste Zangeres van Nederland met de ontvangst van een Buma NL Award.

 

Vanaf februari 2013 was Grace samen met Xander de Buisonjé, Stacey Rookhuizen en Radio 538-dj Ruud de Wild wekelijks als jurylid te zien in de talentenjacht The Next Pop Talent van SBS 6. Daarnaast hield de zangeres zich bezig met de realisatie van een nieuw Nederlandstalig album. De eerste single Ondanks Alles (tevens de titelsong van de Nederlandse speelfilm Smoorverliefd) beleefde voorafgaand daaraan zijn primeur. Op 14 september 2013 verzorgde Grace voor de tweede keer een avondvullend concert in de Heineken Music Hall. Wegens de vele positieve reacties op het nummer Als Het Ons Niets Zou Doen, een duet dat Grace tijdens het concert ten gehore bracht met John Ewbank, werd het lied op single uitgebracht. Daarnaast sleepte ze voor de vierde maal de prijs voor beste zangeres binnen tijdens de Buma NL Awards. Op 15 november 2013 lanceerde Grace haar kerstalbum One Christmas Night Only, een registratie van een eenmalig kerstconcert dat half oktober was gegeven in de Noorderkerk in Amsterdam, dat ook op dvd uitkwam.

 

Naar aanleiding van een benefietoptreden ter ere van de kort daarvoor overleden zangeres Whitney Houston, werd in 2012 de gelegenheidsformatie Ladies of Soul opgericht, die bestond uit Trijntje Oosterhuis, Edsilia Rombley, Berget Lewis en Candy Dulfer en Grace. Met twee uitverkochte shows in de Amsterdamse Ziggo Dome in februari 2014 traden de artiesten met elkaar op. Hierna trok Grace voor de eerst keer in haar carrière langs de Nederlandse theaters met haar theatertournee Live in Concert. In februari 2015 was de zangeres opnieuw onderdeel van een concertreeks van Ladies of Soul. Daarnaast volgde een tweede succesvolle theatertournee door het land en bracht Grace Bitterzoet: Live & Studio Sessies uit, een album bestaand uit nieuwe liedjes en liveopnamen van haar eerste theatertournee. In de zomer besloot de zangeres in overleg de contracten met haar management en platenlabel te ontbinden om zo de kans op een eventuele carrière in het buitenland te vergroten. Naar aanleiding van het succes dat haar coverversie van Queens Too Much Love Will Kill You in Evers Staat Op bracht, besloot de zangeres op de valreep vlak voor kerst haar versie op single uit te brengen. Het nummer piekte tot de Top 5 van de iTunes-lijst. In 2016 stond Grace met de Ladies of Soul voor het derde achtereenvolgende jaar in de Ziggo Dome en de Antwerpse Lotto Arena met een concertreeks. Tevens trad zij in september 2016 op tijdens het nationale herdenkingsconcert The Bridge to Liberation in Arnhem. In 2016 en 2017 was Grace een van de drie coaches van de talentenjacht It Takes 2. In september 2017 was zij te zien in The Big Music Quiz; ze zat in het winnende team en werd uiteindelijk de ultieme winnaar. Tevens was zij te zien in Een goed stel hersens en speelde zij in 2017 de rol van Geest van Toen in The Christmas Show in de Ziggo Dome.

 

Op 29 maart 2018 speelde zij de rol van Maria in The Passion 2018 in de Amsterdamse Bijlmermeer, ter gelegenheid van het 50-jarig bestaan van het stadsdeel. In april en mei 2018 was Grace samen met Giel Beelen en Tony Berk jurylid van de talentenjacht So You Think You Can Sing op SBS 6.

America's Got Talent

 

Op 18 mei 2018 bracht Grace na drie jaar tijd een nieuwe single uit, genaamd Walk On Water. Tijdens de radioshow bij Radio 538 waar ze het nummer voor het eerst live vertolkte, maakte ze tevens bekend dat ze als kandidaat mee ging doen aan het dertiende seizoen van het Amerikaanse programma America's Got Talent.[8] Tijdens de auditierondes, aflevering van 27 juni 2018, zong Grace het nummer Run to You van Whitney Houston. Te zien was dat Grace na de vertolking van het nummer een staande ovatie van het publiek en de vierkoppige jury kreeg en met 100% van de stemmen door was naar de volgende ronde. De video met de auditie van Grace behaalde binnen 24 uur tijd 1,3 miljoen weergaven en ging vervolgens viraal. Op 7 augustus 2018 mocht Grace voor een tweede keer voorzingen, ditmaal met het nummer Nothing Compares 2 U van Prince. Ook voor deze uitvoering ontving ze een staande ovatie van het publiek en lovende kritieken van de gehele jury waaronder van Simon Cowell en Mel B. Hiermee was ze door naar de kwartfinale, die als liveshow wordt uitgezonden. Op 21 augustus mocht Grace optreden in de kwartfinale. Dit keer bracht ze het nummer Never Enough van Loren Allred, uit de film The Greatest Showman ten gehore. Een dag later vond de uitzending plaats waarin de uitslag werd bekendgemaakt. Grace had genoeg stemmen van de kijkers gekregen, waardoor ze zich plaatste voor de halve finale. In de halve finale vertolkte ze het nummer This Woman's Work van Kate Bush. Na het optreden ontving ze van de jury wederom een staande ovatie en lovende kritieken. In een aparte uitzending een dag later werd bekendgemaakt dat Grace door was naar de finale, als één van de tien finalisten. In de finale vertolkte Grace het nummer Run van Snow Patrol. Jurylid Simon Cowell vond haar optreden 'sensationeel'. Een dag later, 20 september 2018, in een aparte finale uitzending trad Grace nogmaals op, ze zong het nummer I'm A Mess dat overliep in Meant To Be samen met Amerikaanse zangeres Bebe Rexha waar tevens ook de nummers van zijn. Het publiek was enthousiast en meerdere gaven aan dat Grace de nummers beter vertolkte dan Rexha, echter de lijnen van het stemmen waren toen al gesloten. Voordat ze naar de uitslag van de finale gingen werden eerst van de tien finalisten de eerste vijf afvallers bekend gemaakt. Grace viel hierbij af en wist geen plaats in de top 5 te bemachtigen.

 

Nada van Nie maakte de documentaire Het Meisje Uit De Jordaan over haar carrière, waarbij Van Nie haar vanaf 2017 volgde. De documentaire werd uitgezonden op 23 september 2018 op de televisiezender RTL4.

David Freeland is the author of the book Ladies of Soul ISBN 1-57806-331-0 (2001). American soul music of the 1960’s is one of the most creative and influential musical forms of the twentieth century. Female performers were responsible for some of the most enduring and powerful contributions to the genre. All too frequently overlooked by the star-making critics, seven of these women are profiled in this book -Maxine Brown, Ruby Johnson, Denise LaSalle, Bettye LaVette, Barbara Mason, Carla Thomas, and Timi Yuro. David is a writer who specializes in music history and popular culture. He is a contributing writer to the weekly New York Press.

 

Photo info: Timi Yuro and author David Freeland 2000, New York "Rubyfruit Bar and Grill"

Location: 531 Hudson Street, New York, USA founded: 1993 closed: 2008

The bar, named after Rita Mae Brown's best seller "Rubyfruit Jungle," was written about in Patricia Cornwell's thrillers and hosted Martina Navratilova's retirement party. Liza Minnelli, Neil Sedaka and Ashford and Simpson also dropped in.

 

Complete Timi Yuro biography: www.flickr.com/people/timiyuro/

 

Timi Yuro was an Italian-American gal who could belt out a ballad with such power she could peel paint. She had an undeniable soulful quality but also a keen sense of jazz phrasing . . . as well as pulling r'n'b and country music into the mix. Her first big hit was Hurt in 1961 and she followed it with the equally good What's a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You?) the following year. Timi Yuro a lady who possessed a tremendous and unique voice. She made some great records.

 

This website is dedicated to Timi Yuro and set up by Catvas2, I’m not a member of a Timi Yuro group and there is no cooperation with other Timi Yuro websites. These images-articles come from my collection. I thought others might appreciate these tidbits of forgotten history. More Timi Yuro information on my profile.

 

Place Knuedler, June 2011, Luxembourg

 

Ladies of Soul, featured by the well known Big band Opus 78, were the opening act for Candy Dulfer, during her concert in June 2011, Luxembourg .

  

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Place Knuedler, June 2011, Luxembourg

 

Ladies of Soul, featured by the well known Big band Opus 78, were the opening act for Candy Dulfer.

Place Knuedler, June 2011, Luxembourg

 

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Place Knuedler, June 2011, Luxembourg

 

Ladies of Soul, featured by the well known Big band Opus 78, were the opening act for Candy Dulfer, during her concert in June 2011, Luxembourg .

  

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Place Knuedler, June 2011, Luxembourg

 

Ladies of Soul, featured by the well known Big band Opus 78, were the opening act for Candy Dulfer, during her concert in June 2011, Luxembourg .

  

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Place Knuedler, June 2011, Luxembourg

 

Ladies of Soul, featured by the well known Big band Opus 78, were the opening act for Candy Dulfer, during her concert in June 2011, Luxembourg .

  

The high resolution file is on my My Website

 

My Website | My Blog

Place Knuedler, June 2011, Luxembourg

 

Ladies of Soul, featured by the well known Big band Opus 78, were the opening act for Candy Dulfer, during her concert in June 2011, Luxembourg .

  

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Aan Robert Biesewig, drummer bij o.a. Gers Pardoel, de Ladies of Soul en... die aardige dame links op de foto.

Ladies of Soul Final's rehearsal with Andy "Stuwlocks Ninvalle and Candy Dulfer

RIP Aretha

An hour of soul queens featuring Aretha Frankling. A tipjar will NOT be out for this set.

Now to 1:30pm SLT

 

Visit this location at Time traveller's club in Second Life

Tereasa Betts

Bourbon Street Fest 2011

Ibirapuera São Paulo

Some old photos that I'll give a B&W and vingetting treatment to. Any constructive comments welcome and appreciated.

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