As she took the stage, LaVette’s gracefulness was all shine. But behind that, though, there was clearly a fire burning in her soul. Most of the show, I found myself wondering, 'how is that huge voice coming out of such a small person?' She sings each song with such intensity, it's impossible not to get sucked it--hanging on her every note.
LaVette sang the entirety of her new album Worthy, which she joked was just finished that same day. Worthy, released on Jan. 27, showcases little-known tracks from well-known performers: “Unbelievable” by Bob Dylan, “Complicated” by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, “Wait” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Of course, it’s not just the range of Mrs. LaVette's vocal; it's the depth, too, that really makes her pipes legend. In fact, the two greatest things about this 69-year-old that evening is that you felt like each song was chosen for a specific emotional purpose and every word therein was rendered with the same ethos as the original.