Thankful N’ Thoughtful




Show-Stealing at The Kennedy Center Honors


"The Kennedy Center Honors was the most exciting thing I have every done in my life, because there were so many of my favorite politicians there", says Bettye. "And this year has been the greatest year of my life. Who would have ever imagined both Barack and I going to the White House?!"

I LOVE to hear this man's voice introducing me... :)

Bettye LaVette proved to give the powerhouse performance of the evening at the Kennedy Center Honors
when she sang her unparalleled version of "Love Reign O'er Me"as part of the Who tribute.



Lavette & Bon Jovi at President Obama's Inaugural Celebration, 2009

Bettye LaVette dueting with Jon Bon Jovi on Sam Cooke's revered anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come",
for Barack Obama's Inaugural Celebration; "We Are One" at the Lincoln Memorial on January 1 2009.



LaVette live at the BBC's Celtic Connections Festival, Scotland, 2011



Below are links to YouTube Playlists put together with videos from various stages of Bettye's career. Enjoy!

Bettye LaVette - Live Performances

Bettye LaVette - More Live Performances

Bettye LaVette - Promos, Interviews

Bettye LaVette - Miscellaneous Recordings from 1963 to the present time


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"Her use of vocal texture, of which she has lots of shades, is perfect and really involves you with the track. Worthy is well worth the wait." - Express (London)

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"A Woman Like Me"


"The life story of this soul singer is destined for the big screen… LaVette’s candid story is also a window into the early years of Motown." – New York Post

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Get personally-signed CDs & LPs from Bettye LaVette and listen to track samples. "An extraordinary discovery in a blues voice." - Pete Townshend

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