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Husson University's Gracie Theatre Hosts R&B Legend Francine Reed

Date of Release: October 3, 2011

Widely recognized as one of the most respected singers of rhythm and blues, Francine Reed will deliver an eclectic blend of jazz, blues and R & B when she performs at the Gracie Theatre on the Husson University campus on Friday, October 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All seating is only $20.00.

Francine can't remember a time when she didn't sing. She began singing professionally with her family when she was five and continued into her teens. After raising 4 children on her own and working a variety of day jobs to support her family, Reed moved to Arizona where she began to sing in local jazz clubs and at various functions. She became known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence. She was often the opening act for such headliners as Miles Davis, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and the Crusaders.

In 1985, Francine was introduced to Lyle Lovett. Lovett was interested in finding a female vocalist for his new band and found his singer in Reed. She toured with Lovett for ten years as a member of Lovett's Large Band, and appearing in several TV performances with the Texas singer/songwriter. While her association with Lovett continues, Reed has an impressive solo career.

To date, Reed recorded two albums for the Atlanta-based Ichiban label and collaborated with Willie Nelson on his acclaimed album, Milk Cow Blues (2000), lending her soulful voice to the title track as well as to the song "Funny How Time Slips Away." She has also contributed vocals to the recordings of Delbert McClinton and Roy Orbison.

Francine Reed has become one of Atlanta's most treasured artists and continues to expand her fan base at venues around the country. For several months out of the year, she performs in Seattle or San Francisco, appearing as the "Chanteuse" for Teatro ZinZanni. Check her out at francinereed.net.

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets go to www.gracietheatre.com. Tickets are also available at Rebecca's in Downtown Bangor or by calling 941-7051.

For media related questions, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925, via email at kitchena@husson.edu, or via cell at 207-649-4647.

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