LaRita (Rita) Shelby is already a veteran performer in radio, TV and film. Most know her smooth and rich voice from having worked with radio giants Lee Bailey (RadioScope), Tom Joyner, Tavis Smiley or the Worldspace Digital Network. A deeper probe reveals her early radio days at WDIA, KGFJ & AFRTS and her TV and film appearances in A Different World, Martin, Walk By Faith or the classic South Central. Rita Shelby is also a vibrant entertainer, song stylist and songwriter with a life long passion for music. Her mother (the late Florence Hawkins) was a gospel musician who taught her to sing and play while at her side. Rita has studied various forms of music and she has further developed her skills over the past several years. The result is her debut album A Date With A Song which features ten songs written by Rita Shelby and her long time musical comrade Willie Daniels. Miss Rita has been praised for her slick and catchy lyrics & melodies that are enveloped by infectious chords constructed by Mr. Daniels.
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Players include Smitty Smith, Arthur Washington, Michael Wells, Warren Conner, Stafford Floyd, Andre’ Fischer, Bobby Watson, John Kiodini and the legendary Mike Melvoin, along with sax man Aaron Fletcher, Gene Van Buren, Earl the Juice Johnson, and more.
L. A. Times Jazz critic Don Heckman predicted that Rita had star potential when he saw her host the Starlight Jazz Serenade ten years ago!
A Date With A Song reveals Rita’s sultry style that ranges from warm & witty notations like those in Sour Citrus, Holding Down This Forty, Old Man’s Girl and Drink U Some Act Right to the heart felt and poignant tunes like Cherish The Moment and This Is Where I Draw The Line. The classic appeal of the title track A Date With A Song is one is sure to stand the test of time. Shelby’s voice is tinged in melodies that hint of jazzy tones from days gone by. Rita Shelby is a new lady for a new day! Rita thanks Richard Nash, Vida Nash, Ruby Wilson, Lee Bailey and Mr. Charles Wright to name a few.
CD: SCULPTURES MADE OF AIR by JACKIE CARLYLE & ORIGEN It's cinematic, lyrical, classical, operatic, pop, .....we could go on and
on, there is no accurate description. This very special CD combine the talents of popular singer/songwriter Jackie Carlyle of Las Vegas, Nevada with those of world renowned artist, composer/arranger Alexsey Zakharenko of Kiev, Ukraine to create a unique blend of songs lyrics and music that cross the boundaries of East and West read more and hear