"The Kennedy Center Honors was the most exciting thing I have every done in my life, because there were so many of my favorite politicians there", says Bettye. "And this year has been the greatest year of my life. Who would have ever imagined both Barack and I going to the White House?!"
I LOVE to hear this man's voice introducing me... :)
Bettye LaVette proved to give the powerhouse performance of the evening at the Kennedy Center Honors
when she sang her unparalleled version of "Love Reign O'er Me"as part of the Who tribute.
Bettye LaVette dueting with Jon Bon Jovi on Sam Cooke's revered anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come",
for Barack Obama's Inaugural Celebration; "We Are One" at the Lincoln Memorial on January 1 2009.
Below are links to playlists put together with videos from various stages of Bettye's career. Enjoy!
"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