FRANCINE REED -
FRANCINE REED - The blues can be defined in a limitless number of ways, but it
will forever be the soul's measurement of self-expression and self-healing.
Where mere words cannot articulate, and movement is incomplete, music bridges
the chasm. Francine Reed's new album, SHADES OF BLUE, is the language of human
spirit distilled through a voice of radiance. Known to most of the world as
Lyle Lovett's duet and back-up vocalist, this Chicago-born songstress has been
singing professionally since she was a child in her family's gospel group.
"I always say I was born singing," recalls Francine. "When the doctor slapped
me on the ass, I went (singing) 'Look at me!' As a support act, Ms. Reed
appeared on the bill with luminaries such as Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson,
Etta James, and The Crusaders Francine provides Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
with an indelible stage presence and harmonic texture that has fans and
critics worldwide. Performing with Lovett's ensemble for over a decade, Ms.
Reed has appeared on several of the artist.s platinum discs, and sang
alongside Mr. Lovett on recent broadcasts of "Late Night with David Letterman", "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, and "Regis and Kathy Lee". In addition to her touring schedule with Lovett, Ms. Reed has appeared on recordings by Delbert
McClinton and Roy Orbison, among others. Her distinctive vocals can also be
heard on several television commercials including Senekot Laxative ("I Feel Good") and in a scene from the 1993 hit film, THE FIRM, via Tom Cruise's
character's disc player. Francine Reed's solo career began in the mid "1990s after she relocated to Georgia. Francine released her debut, I WANT YOU TO LOVE
ME, in 1985, which included a cameo by Mr. Lovett. A year later, she followed
up with CAN'T MAKE IT ON MY OWN, which featured studio legends Al Kooper
(organ) and Bob Babbait (bass), along with McClinton. Both records were
highly acclaimed with the later being the catalyst for a prestigious W.C.
Handy Artist of the Year and Song of the Year nominations. Bonnie Raitt
praised Francine Reed during a concert at Chastain Park when she walked on
stage with Ms. Reed's album and proclaimed. "You folks have a national
treasure here in Atlanta". We are so happy to have Francine join The Atlanta