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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Miss Celies Blues (Sister) - Tata Vega

Táta Vega (born Carmen Rosa Vega, October 7, 1951, Queens, New York) is an American vocalist whose career spans theater, film, and a variety of musical genres. Born Carmen Rosa Vega in Jamaica, Borough of Queens, Long Island,New York, on October 7, 1951, From parents,Luis Alfredo De La Vega who served in the United States Air Force and Rosaura Maltés a stay at home wife and mother. As a result of her fathers work, the family moved frequently. Before she was even a teenager, the family lived in Panama, Puerto Rico, San Antonio,Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her father nicknamed her Táta, for that was the first word she uttered as a child. Vega is of Puerto Rican,Taino/Arawak,Dominican,Italian, European, and African decent. Vega began her professional singing career in 1963. In California (1969–70) she was cast in the [[Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical "Hair". From there went on to join the group Pollution, led by Dobie Gray (who also appeared in the L.A. Cast of Hair), and then became a member of the group Earthquire, which released an album in 1973 on Motown's Natural Resources label With Motown Records, Vega released four solo albums on the Tamla record label: Full Speed Ahead", (1976), Totally Táta (1977),Try My Love", (1978) and Givin' All My Love (1981). These albums featured a diverse range of genres, including classic Motown soul, country or southern soul, disco, jazz,funk,country, Latin American, doo-wop, and gospel. She has had an active career as a Lead backing vocalist, working with Russ Taff, Stevie Wonder, Andraé Crouch, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles and Madonna, Singing duets with Lou Rawls, Peter Rivera with Rare Earth and Michael Sembello. She is featured on the 2010 Elton John and Leon Russell CD The Union. She also worked in film, performing the voice of Shug Avery in The Color Purple; she is featured on four songs on the 1986 soundtrack album, one of which, "Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)", was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Song category. In 1985 Vega was nominated for Best Soul female Gospel Performance at the 27th annual Grammy Awards For her vocals on "Oh,It is Jesus" written by Andrae Crouch.Other nominees included:Shirley Caesar, Kristle Murden, Albertina Walker,and Danniebelle Hall. In 1994, she recorded the Two Spanish versions of "The Circle Of Life" (El ciclo sin fin) for the Latin American dubbing of Disney's The Lion King. During 1995, she was featured in the Warren Chaney docudrama, America: A Call to Greatness. In 1998, she signed with Quincy Jones’s Qwest Records and released a gospel album, Now I See,which was nominated for a Stellar award. In 2006 Vega signed with Do Rite Records,in which she released a new Gospel album "This Joy" on October 27, 2009. In late 2010,Tata began touring with Legendary entertainer Elton John. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

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