Bettye LaVette's life story is nothing short of miraculous. "I've been wanting to tell this story for years," says the singer, "but now I realize I had to live more of that life before it was time to write it down. It was all unplanned - as was everything in my career - but as I was writing "A Woman Like Me", I was actually re-living many of those experiences in the songs on "Thankful N' Thoughtful". The two projects spoke to each other. As I wrote my life, I was singing my life. One helped me understand the other."
“A dizzying, careening, nonstop roller coaster ride of an autobiography… An unflinching and uncompromising look at a life lived across the tracks from fame, where the brass ring was always within view but never within her grasp.” – Ben Edmonds, Detroit Free Press
“The life story of this soul singer - a real survivor, now 66 - is destined for the big screen… LaVette’s candid story is also a window into the early years of Motown and the Detroit music scene." – Billy Heller, New York Post
“LaVette’s autobiography reads like an R&B song only she could perform - soulful and honest… Her quest serves as one of the most authentic inside looks at the American music industry, and LaVette pulls no punches… LaVette’s tale is a treat.” – Publishers Weekly
“A tale of inspiration, frustration and promises deferred... studded with anecdotes about a life making music alongside some of the biggest names in Detroit.” – Tris McCall, The New Jersey Star-Ledger
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"Ms. LaVette’s bruised, caustic, adamant voice plunges into every line, coming through the songs as an unflinching survivor." - New York Times
"The life story of this soul singer is destined for the big screen… LaVette’s candid story is also a window into the early years of Motown." – New York Post