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Rita Graham (Tiaras etc) - Press Release

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A recent press release pass on regarding Rita Graham 

Loveforce International Records Signs Internationally Renowned Soul-Jazz Singer Rita Graham
Loveforce International Records has signed Internationally renowned Soul-Jazz singer and former Raelette, Rita Graham to an exclusive worldwide multi-song deal.


 Santa Clarita, CA, October 21, 2019 --(PR.com)-- Loveforce International Records has signed Soul-Jazz singer Rita Graham to an exclusive multi-song deal. The deal is global and will include several single releases of original songs Ms. Graham co-wrote and sang. It will also include co-publishing on the original songs through Loveforce International Music and a fan book which will be handled by Loveforce International Publishing Company.

Rita Graham has a storied career. She was one of multiple Grammy award winning NAACP, Kennedy Center award winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Ray Charles Raelettes. In fact, she was the only female that Ray Charles personally produced an album on and released on his own record label. A song she recorded in 1966 has been on the Northern Soul Charts in the UK for 5 decades. She has performed with Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, The Harry James and Duke Ellington Orchestras. She has performed in festivals, night clubs, casinos and concert venues all across the globe.

After a stint as a Ray Charles Raelette, Charles produced an LP on her and released it on his own Tangerine label. She is the only female singer Ray Charles ever personally produced and released a LP on his own label. The LP was called Rita Graham Vibrations. It created a sensation when it was first released.

Ms. Graham recorded several singles with TV Composer, Mike Post (Rockford Files, Law and Order, Hill Street Blues, etc). She was featured vocalist with The Harry James Orchestra for 3 years, and with Mercer Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tour ‘82. She was a featured artist with Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, and comedian Redd Foxx, among others. She has performed in festivals, night clubs, casinos and concert venues in Las Vegas, Canada, the UK, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Manila, Bangkok, and Russia. She originated the role of Coretta Scott King in the Civil Rights Theater Musical, "Selma," produced by Redd Foxx Productions in Los Angeles, and off Broadway’s New Federal Theatre, produced by Woodie King, Jr.

As the lead vocalist in Rita and The Tiaras, Ms. Graham recorded the UK Northern Soul Classic hit, "Gone With The Wind Is My Love." The Tiaras were studio singers whom Rita never met. A track from the Vibrations album, "My Cup Runneth Over With Love" is also a Northern Soul Hit.

From 1999-2009, Ms. Graham was known as "The First Lady Of Sambuca Jazz Café," Atlanta’s premiere Showroom, where the CD "Rita Graham Live at Sambuca Atlanta" was recorded. She performed in concert recently with Blues Legend Sammy Blue.

“It will be an asset to our company to have an artist the caliber of Ms. Graham on our roster,” said Loveforce International President, Mark Thomas.

Rita Graham is a also Board member of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. and she teaches voice at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. A suspense/murder mystery novel she penned, entitled "Karma Rising" has been optioned to be made into a feature film.
 

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Thanks for posting. I like the mention of the 'Northern Soul Charts'. As we all know playlists would of been more accurate.

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Worth a listen on this dull Monday morning.

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