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Born in Chicago and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Francine Reed has been singing since her early childhood. Here in Phoenix, she has become known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence, delivering an amazing blend of jazz, blues, and R&B. She was often the opening act for such headliners as Miles Davis, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and the Crusaders.

In 1985, she was introduced to Lyle Lovett and began touring with his Large Band as a background vocalist. She also often performed duets with the country musician. Francine has been featured with Lovett on several albums, and appeared with him on television shows such as “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” and “Regis and Kathy Lee.”

In the 1990s, Francine decided to pursue a solo career, moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and recorded her debut solo album, “I Want You to Love Me,” which featured a duet with Lyle Lovett. Her follow-up, “Can’t Make It On My Own,” featured a duet with Delbert McClinton. Reed was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 1997.