Longtime “foreground” singer with Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Delbert McClinton, the force of nature that is Francine Reed brings her own show and band to the Lilypad on Thursday, June 1st @ 8pm. A gracious and seasoned performer, Francine brings the house down each and every night with class, style, humor and above all else a love for the music that is hard to deny.
Born in Chicago and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Francine Reed has had a passion for singing since her early childhood. She began singing professionally with her family’s gospel group when she was five. “I always say I was born singing,” Reed has said in a biographical release. “I can still remember my first performance when I was a 3-year-old in my aunt’s church. I used to listen to rehearsals with her gospel choir and I’d sing ‘I Wanna See Jesus’ in front of the congregation…It’s a natural, God-given talent.”
After marrying young, the everyday struggles of life kept Reed from pursuing her dream of singing full-time until her children were older. Fortunately, she was able to sing in local jazz clubs and at various functions in Phoenix. She became known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence, and delivered an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, and R&B. Well known as the “foreground” singer in Lyle Lovett’s Large Band, Francine has also collaborated and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Miles Davis, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and the Crusaders.