Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette is one of the most soulful singers alive. She started life in Muskegon, Michigan in the late '40s but moved to Detroit with her family when she was six years old. Unlike most of her peers, she did not grow up in a Baptist church singing gospel. As she says, "I am a child of the blues", which was the music she heard as a young child. Her soul is so deep, that it is assumed that she must have started in church.

Bettye LaVette cut her first record at 16 for Johnnie Mae Matthews, an important figure in the R&B scene in Detroit.... more