calibers of singers exist in today’s music industry. There are vocalists and
then there are entertainers. Laretha Weathersby is both. Her dynamic, effervescent stage presence
is unparalleled and her sultry, wispy vibrato makes her a Blues natural.
2009-2010’s “Chicago Blues Diva of the Year,” she belts out traditional Blues
classics with passion and poise and delivers riveting renditions of timeless
R&B, Soul and Top 40 tunes, all while captivating crowds with her jovial
disposition and dynamic dancing. Known for her rousing stage presence, crowd members rarely
blink when Laretha hits the stage, fearing they will miss one of her signature
dance moves or the chance to chant along with the charismatic chanteuse.
from the Southside of Chicago, Laretha’s mother, a former Gospel soloist,
detected her daughter’s singing abilities and enrolled the toddler in piano classes
and encouraged her as a teenager to be an active member of the choir at the
family’s place of worship. But it was not until the 1990s that Laretha began to
cultivate a personal relationship with Blues music.
as one of the premiere female Blues vocalists in the City of Chicago in the
late 1990s, Laretha has performed at such legendary Blues hotspots as The
Kingston Mines, BLUES on Halsted and since 2010 is a spectacular presence here
at BLUE CHICAGO.
debut album – Dance the Blues Away – is an eclectic mix of traditional Blues
infused with remnants of contemporary R&B and Soul. The album reveals
Laretha’s reverence for conventional Blues music while flaunting her fluent
transition into contemporary R & B and Soul.
to Ms. Weathersby, “the power of Blues music lies in its ability to relate to
each and every member of the human race. People of all different backgrounds
can connect with the universal concepts of love, triumph and tribulation, which
are the very elements upon which Blues music is based. I consider it an honor
and joy to incorporate that human element into my live performances and it is
with passion and humility that I accept the honor and challenge of preserving
Blues music for future generations.”