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11 July 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Born into a poor but musical family, Reed emulated her gospel-singing father by first singing in church at the age of three. In the following years she continued to sing in church and also at charity events before moving on to club work. Her early listening was to R&B and soul, but her brother introduced her to jazz. As an adult, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she sang in clubs at night but, following the breakdown of her marriage, she needed the security of a day job in order to raise her family. Nevertheless, during this period, she often appeared as a supporting act to visiting artists of the calibre and variety of Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Etta James and the Crusaders. In 1985, she teamed up with, the then unknown, Lyle Lovett with whom she later toured for 13 years as backing singer and occasional duettist, appearing on some of his platinum records. She has also appeared as backing singer on records by...