Anyone who has seriously studied the origins and history of American music is cognizant of the impact of ethnicity and culture on its evolution. Yet sadly, many of us are unaware of the sacrifice and struggle endured by untold numbers of gifted men and women whose talents have been repeatedly and painfully dodged by success and recognition. The music business is a brutal place at best, and for survivors only. One such survivor is Bettye Lavette. During the last decade, “The Great Lady of Soul” has garnered the recognition and fame she deserves, touring extensively, and performing to sold out audiences at home and abroad. Ms Lavette’s last four CDs received criticical acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for “Scene Of The Crime”. Please visit Bettye’s website at www.bettyelavette.com for a complete biography and discography. If you like honest, no nonsense R&B performed by one of the greatest voices in the business, you will love Bettye Lavette. For booking information, contact The Rosebud Agency attn: Mike Kappus.