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LaRae Starr

Detroit, Michigan, United States | INDIE

Detroit, Michigan, United States | INDIE
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"Detroit, MI Diva tsunami at Cliff Bell's -"

Last Sunday, there were so many divas at Cliff Bell's, it probably caused a vocal and sequin vacuum somewhere on the opposite side of the Earth. Singers Millie Scott and Ortheia Barnes performed a gig at the beautifully restored art deco club that packed in about 200 people. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Millie, who looked stunning, started inviting other singers, one by one, to join her and Ortheia on the stage. Singing Etta James' "At Last" (which was produced by the late great Harvey Fuqua ), they were joined by some of Detroit's most revered R&B divas (and divo), including, Kimmie Horne, Thornetta Davis , Lori King, Gwen Foxx , Sharon Jones (of Rumplestiltskin), Leslie and Keith Ferguson from Notorious, LaRae Starr and Gloria Ridgeway.


- Detroit News


"Music and nostalgia at Flood's will help out children's group"

The Detroit Magic Child Development Organization will host its second annual summer fund-raiser 6-9 p.m. Monday at Flood's Bar & Grill at 731 St. Antione at Lafayette.

The evening will feature entertainment by contemporary jazz-funk performers Lisa Cunningham & 7th Heaven. The Fudge Brownie Queen of Funk Review will pay tribute to many '70s soul divas and R&B bands while the performers show off their vintage clothes. A buffet, silent auction and raffle will round out the night. - By Antoinette D. Griffith Detroit Free Press May 31, 2002


"2000 Detroit Music Awards"

Nominees 2000 Detroit Music Awards

URBAN/HIPHOP/FUNK

Urban Artist
Soul Clique
Binary Star
Lisa Cunningham & 7th Heaven
Lover - Metrotimes April 12-18, 2000


Discography

LaRae Starr:
(2008) Debut CD Maxi-Single "Mr. Mahogany"

Lisa Cunningham:
(2002) Freedom Records, "I Believe/Power"
(1997) Intersound Records, "Joy Comes in The Morning" (Salt of The Earth Gospel Choir)
(1995) Saxville Records  "This Christmas" (with jazz saxophonist Duane Parham)
(1993) Freedom Records, Compilation"The World Would Be Much Better"

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Bio

LaRae Starr, (formerly known as Lisa Cunningham )was awarded 2007's "Best R&B Female Vocalist" by the Detroit Musicians and Entertainers Association.

LaRae Starr has appeared on stage with:
Sheila E., Alexander Oneal and the late, Tito Puente`. 

LaRae has been the opening act for:
Take 6
Keith Washington
Howard Hewitt
Jean Carne
Tony, Toni, Tone
Impromptu
Rolls Royce

LaRae's Film Credits:
2005 "Detroit After Dark," directed by Rola Nashef
2005 "From the Ashes," (produced by 12th Street Entertainment); director, Tamela Jones.   

LaRae's Radio Commercial Credits:
Mini Mart Gourmet Market(jingle)
Alexander & Associates (Southfield, MI) voice-overs & jingles for:
Tubby's Submarines
Mr. Brakes
Mulligan's Windows
Sommerset Mall
Merollis Chevrolet
Jim Bradley Chevrolet

Always known for her unique stage performances, in the year 2000  "FudgeBrownie The Queen of Funk- Soul Review"was launched to an overwhelming response while headlinning at Detroit's Cafe` Mahogany. 

In full 70's regalia, LaRae performed 3.5hrs of nonstop old school funk, disco and classic R& B.  Every Queen has guards and Fudgebrownie's beefcake guards are known as "Coffee & Cream" who carry her on and off stage. 

During the Fudgebrownie Show, best Retro-attired audience members receive "Platform Shoe Awards" & "Soul Packs" loaded with retro goodies including Jiffy popcorn, afro picks, "Red" Koolade, Jolly Rancher candy and a copy of the movie Superfly.  

Also in the year 2000 while performing as Lisa Cunningham & 7th Heaven, the band recieved the nomination for "Best New Artist" by the Motor City Music Awards, (sponsored by the Metrotimes magazine).

In 2001, while performing at the Museum of African American History, LaRae sang her way to the stage while riding through the audience on the back of a Kawasaki motorcycle. 

Community activism has always been LaRae's passion. She regularly volunteers her  time and efforts with several non-profit organizations:
"Summer Fun Bazaar" hosted by the Alpha & Omega Church (Detroit, MI)
"Soul-Day Family Festival" (Detroit, MI)
Michigan Human Society Dog Walkathon
Breast Cancer Walkathon
UNCF
"Tillman Street Family Fun-Day," (Detroit, MI)  
In addition, for the past 5 years, LaRae has provided volunteer entertainment during the Michigan State Fair on the Family Grove Stage.  

LaRae has performed at: 
Detroit Recreation Department's Jazz on the Beach-Belle Isle (2004-2008)
Grandmont Art Fair (2002, 2007)
Chrysler Arts, Beats & Eats (2000-2007)

The LaRae Starr Show is a professional stage show, the perfect compliment to any special occasion, an excellent choice for music venues of all proportions. 

Peace & Blessings!