Loretta Williams with producer Robin Visel reviewing arrangement.
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Singer/Songwriter Loretta Williams in recording session.

 

Bio

 

Loretta Williams of Mobile, Alabama started singing at the age of four in her family’s place of worship, Samuel Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.  Later as a teenager, when a local DJ heard her LIVE radio performance with The Lewis Gospel Singers of Mobile, Loretta’s singing career veered in a different direction.  Rhythm & Blues music, blended with her Gospel heritage, became her new style for the stages of America.

 

Loretta began performing in local clubs with Mobile R & B Bands such as The Croquets & Dr. Jive, The Esquires, Charles Lotts All-Stars Band, and The Knights of Ebony Band.  The Knights took her on the road to perform in the greater Gulf Coast area of Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

 

The raspy, melodious voice of the band’s very talented lead female vocalist could not be denied.  She was a true, fresh, addition to the ever evolving Soul Music of the 1960’s.  Her high energy performances kept audiences on their feet cheering for more.  Loretta’s inexhaustible energy kept the beat going for hours on end.

 

While singing in that deep south circuit, Loretta’s soulful, captivating voice and high spirited performances caught the attention of one of the world’s Soul Music pioneers. It was none other than the late great Soul Singer Otis Redding.  Redding quickly asked her to join his band, and so she did.  Otis Redding so admired the talents of his one and only female star, he was often quoted as saying “This girl, she tears the house down!  She takes the roof off the house.  Loretta’s got the singing and the dancing.  She can move and she can sing.   I’ve got me another Tina Turner.” 

 

As a gifted songwriter, Loretta collaborated with Redding on some of his music and took the stage at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem New York,  The Howard Theatre in Washington, D. C., The Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas, the Uptown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  and the Royal in Baltimore, Maryland, along with several other clubs and parties across the country.

 

Loretta’s keen ear for music, sharp writing skills inspired by her passions, quickly made her a new songwriter on the Soulful Rhythm and Blues music scene.  While with Otis Redding, Loretta wrote and sang what would become a huge successful international single, “Missing You”.  Redding, the first African American to hold his own record label, Jotis Records, knew he had a hit on his hands when he first heard Loretta sing her song, “Missing You”.  Redding signed an excited Loretta onto his Jotis label, as the first lead female vocalist, writer of her song “Missing You” with Redding as the producer on his Jotis Label.  That song climbed the music listings to make the top 10 charts and into the famous “Hit Parade Magazine”, the most famous music industry magazine at that time, showcasing all of America’s top musical artists.  Loretta’s second big hit was “Baby Cakes”, written by Otis Redding.   Those two hit records are still in high demand today as Rhythm and Blues lovers around the world are selling and buying her two R & B classics. 

 

Loretta officially left Otis Redding and his band November 1967 just one month before Redding’s fatal plane crash December 10, 1967.  She returned to her musical birth of Gospel Music in Mobile, Alabama.  She is the writer producer of her own albums entitled, “Second Chance”,  “The World We Share”,  and single hit “Back To The Altar”.  Loretta is also the author of her autobiography, Woman Who Lived Twice, a fascinating account of her life and times with Otis Redding and his 28 piece Show Band.  As an author, singer, and motivational minister of the gospel she is a much sought after presenter at, churches, governmental agencies, organizations, television and radio talk shows, plus LIVE concert shows featuring Gospel, Jazz, and Blues artists. 

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