Redd Velvet

Redd Velvet

 Memphis, Tennessee, USA

In this age of bland, cookie-cutter artists with manufactured sounds presenting store-bought personas, few artists are worth a listen. Redd Velvet is one of those few! Redd is on a mission to restore Soul/R&B to the ‘Gold Standard’ set by such artists as Al Green, Aretha Franklin and OV Wright.


Redd Velvet

At four years old this artist put her first act together banging on an old upright piano and using a hairbrush for a microphone. As a young teenager, she sang regularly at her grandfather’s church in rural Alabama and eventually became the featured soloist in a travelling gospel group.

At age 17, Redd landed the role of ‘Maggie’ in the Studs Terkel musical ‘Working’. Night after night she performed the musical’s show-stopping number “Cleaning Woman”. ”As soon as the lights went down and the curtain came up on opening night I knew that I could not really live unless there music in my life!”

Redd received formal training, as a young adult in the field of classical music from baritone Andrew Gainey of the New York City Opera, and internationally renowned mezzo soprano Mildred Allen of The Metropolitan Opera. They both encouraged her to pursue a career as a classical vocalist. Redd says “Classical music is beautiful & I’m grateful for having learned to appreciate and perform it, but I was haunted by the spirits of Soul and Blues.”

A stint with Beverly Dangerfield & the legendary Clara Ward Singers marked the beginning of Redd Velvets’ career as a professional vocalist. Her first professional recording opportunity was as a background singer on the soundtrack of “Max and the Mountain”. As a solo artist she has shared the stage with such artists as Southern Soul legend Marvin Sease and the Ali Woodson-led Temptations.

Redd Velvet wrote 9 of the 10 songs on her debut CD. The lone cover song is her remarkable interpretation of the OV Wright classic ‘Searching’.

“Womanhood 101”was released in December 2009 & Redd Velvet is now ready to hit the road with her group ‘Big Daddy's Bad Ass Band’ for festivals and events in 2010 and beyond.


Wouldn't You Like To Know

Written By: Crystal Tucker

You always did what you wanted to
Come back when you were through
I never questioned you.
Never who, what , when, or why
No questions no lies
You didn't need an alibi
But, ain't it funny how things can change.
Did you think they'd stay the same.

Where I'm going
Where I've been
What time will I get back in
Well wouldn't you like to know
What am I doing later on
Am I going out or staying home
Wouldn't you like to know

Don't just drop by when you please
Call first to see
I just might have company
It's my house and I'm fully grown
I don't have to be alone.
It ain't your business who's on the phone
Now your'e just about to lose your mind
searching trying to find
I don't need investigation
Just accept the situation
That's all you need to know

Repeat chorus:

Why can't you tke this like a man
Cause the girls got the upper hand
It ain't nothing yopu can do about it
Save the drama I can live without it
That's all you need to know


"WOMANHOOD 101" full length CD

Set List

Redd performs songs from her album"WOMANHOOD 101" and interprets popular R&B, s.

Right Number
Walkie Talkie
Wouldn't You Like To Know
Never Before
Who You Callin Baby
When You're Lovin Me

Dr. Feelgood - Aretha Franklin
I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water - Lou Rawls
You Ain't Nothin but a Hound Dog - Big Maybelle
Night Time Is The Right Time - Aretha Franklin
The Thrill Is Gone - BB King
Built For Comfort - Howlin Wolf
Rock Me Baby - Ike & Tina Turner
Killin Floor - Howlin Wolf
Knock On Wood - King Floyd
Loe You I Do - Jennifer Hudson
Rhymes - Etta James
If U Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin
I Can't Stand The Rain - Ann Peebles
"Big Blues Medley" - various
People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield
From My Heart to Yours - Laura Izibor
Tear Your Playhouse Down - Ann Peebles
Somethin's Got A Hold On Me - Etta James
Used To Be Your House - Shirley Brown
Guess Who - Nancy Wilson
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
Please Take