Worthy of Praise: After 53 Years Detroit Native Bettye Lavette’s Gettin’ Her Due

Legendary R&B singer Bettye Lavette reflects on her life in music.

Photograph by Carol Friedman


R&B songstress Bettye Layette has been making music for most of her life. Signing to Atlantic Records at age 16, she’s had Top Ten singles, Broadway solos, and a cult following that continues to this day. Now, she’s being honored by the Detroit Music Awards. She stops by to talk with WDET’s Travis Wright about her life in music, her unique voice, and her newfound popularity.

-Eli Newman, Culture City Associate Producer