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Born in Buffalo, New York, where, her strong spiritual upbringing still shines through today. Her long and distinguished career began as a gospel singer with a group from her church. "The Templaires".
Her talents were by chance recognised by Ike & Tina Turner the popular icons from the 1960's. One nervous audition later, Venetta suddenly found herself on stage with the outrageous Duo, singing and shaking the night away as one of the famous "Ikettes"... She stayed for the next five years.
Now with her feet firmly planted on the ground, and musically confident, Venetta was determined to find the heart of the music industry in Los Angeles. She quickly, found herself in the "Clique" with the singers and moved into serious session work, which in time led her to the top of her field as one of the most sought after back up singers in the USA where she reigned for ten years... During this time, working with Diana Ross, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, b were highlights, but even they could not outshine her outstanding Alumni, who she worked with; Joe Cocker, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, The Rolling Stones, Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, The Supremes, Neil Diamond, Bob Seiger and many more. And not forgetting her mentor the great Aretha Franklin.
Opportunity continually knocked at her door, strengthening her already untarnished credibility. She then won the much sought after role as one of the "Oreo's" in "A Star is Born", starring Barbara Streisand. It was to be her film debut. After having worked with the biggest names in the industry, she made the decision to come to Australia.
Touring here is 1978 and 1980 with Boz Scaggs and liking it so much, she returned here permanently in 1982. The freshness and growing vitality of the industry was invigorating. She began recording with Australia's best: Richard Clapton, Australian Crawl, Jimmy Barnes & New Zealand's Tim Finn, to name but a few. She soon had her own band, "Venetta's Taxi". Then formed & toured with, her own Gospel show "Gospel Jubilee".
The "Voice" himself John Farnham, was instrumental in bringing her to the attention of the Australian public. When her spiritual rendition of the Classic "Amazing Grace" brought the concerts to a standstill. Achieving the respect and recognition she so truly deserved.
In 1989 another string was added to her bow when she made her Theatre debut as, "Alice" the slave in "Big River". Venetta received rave reviews, in turn creating more Theatre opportunities. Since then she has starred in the musical "Blues in the Night" - The concert version of "Chess", and two plays for the Melbourne Theatre Company - "The Crucible" and "Racing Demon".
Venetta was the spark that led to the Blackberries joining Humble Pie. Steve was a huge fan of her deep velvet voice and outstanding vocal ability - and his desire was to go get Venetta when he first thought about adding girl singers to the band
She was the opening and the support act for George Benson, Venetta, with her trio earned more rave reviews. Dionne Warwick, Thelma Houston & Randy Crawford, are just some of the Great's she has supported while they were in Australia. To round out the year, she was asked by Barbara Streisand to perform with her again... On her Australian tour this tour took Australia by storm!
Venetta has now just recently in Australia, Co-produced her own CD. "At Last", co writing many of the songs. The CD is made up of pieces from all the wonderful people she has worked with over the years.
This lady is not only a star that sparkles but also a beautiful soul who brings richness and magic to the people....
She is ... Ladies and Gentlemen... Ms Venetta Fields!