SoulTracks Lost Gem: Rare La'Verne Washington sparkler reissued

(November 17, 2020) Kansas City, Missouri, is rarely in the spotlight as a launching pad for soulful singers. La’Verne Washington, however, laid her performance roots there before moving to Washington, DC, to carve a path as a leading figure in the non-profit arts sector. She studied communications and journalism in Kansas City, even landing on the cover of Ebony magazine as “Miss Langston University” before cutting her first (and to date, only) solo record—a blissfully funky and gloriously melodic mover entitled “The Promise.”

(November 17, 2020) Kansas City, Missouri, is rarely in the spotlight as a launching pad for soulful singers. La’Verne Washington, however, laid her performance roots there before moving to Washington, DC, to carve a path as a leading figure in the non-profit arts sector. She studied communications and journalism in Kansas City, even landing on the cover of Ebony magazine as “Miss Langston University” before cutting her first (and to date, only) solo record—a blissfully funky and gloriously melodic mover entitled “The Promise.”

Three and a half decades after its original small-scale release, the London-based Melodies International label has given new life to “The Promise” with a remastered 7” vinyl release of this much sought after 1984 recording. A riveting bass rhythm, sparkling keyboard lines, and contagious guitar licks underpin Washington’s svelte tone, crisp phrasing, and earnest delivery. Subtly rousing background vocals gel finely with the kinetic synth-drum groove as her message of passion and devotion soars gradually, making way for an unexpected electric guitar solo.

Take a listen to “The Promise” below and leave us your thoughts on this newly unearthed gem from the talented La’Verne Washington!

by Justin Kantor

 

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