GEORGIA music heroine Francine Reed takes on the historic Mars Theatre this weekend. If the soulful songstress’s name doesn’t pop up on your radar by itself, her collaborators certainly will: Reed has lent her voice to the recordings of Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Delbert McClinton, and more.
One of the most fascinating things about Reed’s career is that she was a bit of a “late bloomer”—married at a young age, Reed waited until her children were grown to set out and pursue her dream.
In Phoenix, where she was raised and stayed, Reed gigged at local jazz clubs, captivating the crowd with her balmy, full voice and composure as a natural performer.
Putting in her time, Reed began scoring some great gigs, opening for the likes of Smokey Robinson, Etta James, and Miles Davis. She met Lyle Lovett in 1985; he was in the market for a female vocalist, and Reed was the perfect fit. Reed soon took up the touring life, joining Lovett and his Large Band as a backup vocalist, often sharing a duet with the country giant.
Since the ‘90s, Reed has pursued a career of her own. Settling in Atlanta, she has released a number of solo albums and was recently honored with an induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, alongside Lady Antebellum and Danny Beard.
Hear the powerhouse show woman live to fully be immersed in her legacy.