Ada Dyer & the A Band's Respectfully Yours Aretha Franklin Tribute
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Known for her robust voice and rich tones, jazz vocalist Renee Manning came to fame in the jazz world as a big band singer with the Mel Lewis Orchestra from 1983 to 1989 -- the longest tenure of any vocalist associated with the organization. She's since performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sir Roland Hanna, Mark Murphy, Howard Johnson, Joe Williams, the Mingus Big Band and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Orchestra. As a solo artist, Manning's most recent album, All Grown Up, showcases the Grammy-nominated singer's soothing, quieter side. Learn More
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Featured review from Ruby Murdaugh
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I DON'T KNOW WHERE ADA BEEN ALL THIS TIME....I'M AFRAID IT'S A LITTLE TOO LATE FOR HER STYLE OF SINGING...WE OLDER FOLDS ARE FEW AND THE YOUNG DON'T LIKE THAT TYPE OF VOICE OR STYLE.
SHE WOULD OF BEEN UP THERE WITH ARETHA,GLADYS,PATTI.
WOMAN CAN SING!!
I HOPE SHE WILL COME BACK SOON.
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This event was a night to remember. Ms. Ada Dyer is a force to be wrecken with. She sang Aretha's songs like they were written for her.I was truly entertained and I sang and danced all night. The low cost I paid using Goldstar makes me feel like I...continued
A deeply soulful R&B vocalist with jazz undertones, Chicago-born Ada Dyer delivers an emotional and sultry style that’s just as assured as that of revered talents like Whitney Houston. She has backed such artists as Steely Dan, Cher, Sting, Luther Vandross, and Lenny Kravitz.
Ada Dyer (given name Adaritha) made her recorded debut on eminent jazz drummer Norman Connors’s album Invitation (1979) after her drummer discovered her talents singing the title track. In addition to “Invitation,” she was also featured on “Handle Me Gently.” Connors invited the vocalist back for his next album, 1980’s Take It to the Limit, on which the two scored a Top 30 R&B hit with the title cut. After returning home from a tour with Connors, Dyer auditioned and was promptly hired as the understudy to the lead in a production of The Wiz. In 1981, she relocated from Chicago to New York City, where she continued her work in both jingles and recording. Notably, she became part of the lineup of electro-dance trio Warp 9, best remembered for their trend-setting club hits “Nunk,” “Light Years Away,” and “No Man is an Island.”
In 1983, Dyer took a break from recording to do yet another production of The Wiz. Soon after, she began a prolific career as a background vocalist, both on tours and recording sessions. Her first prominent road gig with Chaka Khan led to interest from James Anthony Carmichael, noted for his work with Lionel Ritchie, the Commodores, and Atlantic Starr. Carmichael had an ongoing relationship with Motown Records, which promptly signed Dyer. By 1987, the two commenced work on what would become Dyer’s debut solo album, Meant to Be.
Released in spring of 1988, Meant to Be quickly picked up steam, driven by the single release of “I Bet Ya I’ll Let Ya,” which reached No. 33 on Billboard’s R&B singles chart. A second single, “I Don’t Feel Like Crying,” penned by Babyface and L.A. Reid, served as the follow-up. Dyer was soon given a chance to record a second album under Motown’s new presidency. Unlike Meant to Be, on which she had been given no creative input, she selected all of the songs and co-wrote several for her eponymous 1990 release. This album effectively showcased Dyer’s abilities as an across-the-board singer, equally at home with powerful soul and pop ballads, jazzy R&B tunes, and funk jams.
Since that incredible start to her career, Dyer has gone on to work with such artists as Sting, Roberta Flack, Lenny Kravitz, Cher, the J. Geils Band, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, just to name a few.