• Date: 26.03.2019
  • Start: 19:30
  • End date: 30.03.2019
  • End: 22:00
  • Location: Engestrasse 54, 3012 Bern
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  • Fee: CHF 58.00

Three time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is one of the most soulful singers alive, a true „child of the blues". Bettye cut her first record at 16 years old. This record, "My Man - He's A Lovin' Man," became a big soul hit. Soon, Bettye was on tour with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. LaVette recorded for many labels during the 60s and 70s. During this period, Bettye was appearing regularly in nightclubs across the country and on shows with many of the luminaries of soul. An album, "Child of the '70s", was recorded, but complications arose and the album was shelved. An offer to star in a Broadway show was presented to her and she seized the opportunity. Bettye went into rehearsal for a leading role in the hit musical, "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opposite Cab Calloway. Great reviews were lavished on her and she stayed with the Broadway and touring companies for six years. Her recording career had been put on hold, but in 1979 she reluctantly recorded "Doin' The Best That I Can," during the disco craze. To her surprise, the record became a big seller. When Diana Ross left Motown in 1982, the company offered Bettye LaVette a record contract. Steve Buckingham produced the critically acclaimed album "Tell Me A Lie." Bettye found plenty of work in Europe where American soul stars are revered. She was thrilled when the masters of "Child of the 70s" were found, re-mastered and released in 2000 as "Souvenirs" by a French record company, Arts & Soul. It included the classic "Your Turn to Cry" which is a highly requested song in her repertoire and a favorite among her fans. In 2006, she received a well-deserved "Pioneer Award" from The Rhythm and Blues Foundation and in 2008, she received a BMA (Blues Music Award) for "Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer". In 2015 and 2016, Bettye received many awards: her third Grammy nomination for her album "Worthy", the Distinguished Achievement Award from The Detroit Music Society, and the Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Female Artist from The Blues Foundation. She was also inducted into The Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, and she received the Unsung Heroine Award from the National R&B Music Society. In 2017 Bettye was signed to Verve Records - her first major label since 1982. The resulting album "Things Have Changed" – and album of all Bob Dylan songs - was born. European critics often compare her to Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, but Bettye has her own individual sound. Don't miss her in Bern this week. You'll never forget her!

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