|From the CD "At Last"||
Born in Buffalo, New York, with a strong religious upbringing, Venetta began her long and distinguished career as a gospel singer with the renowned Corinthian Gospe1 Singers. By chance her talents were recognised by the 1960’s icons Ike and Tina Turner. After nervously auditioning for the outrageous duo, Venetta suddenly found herself on stage singing and shaking the next night as one of the famous Ikettes. There she stayed for the next five years. Musically confident and with her feet firmly planted on the ground, Venetta set out determined to find the heart of the music industry in Los Angles.
Soon she found herself in the "clique" with the other singers and slowly moved into serious session work. This in time led her to the top of her field as one of the most sought after back-up singers in the US. There she reigned for 10 years with highlights being; her time with Humble Pie, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, and Diana Ross. Although these were highlights, they could not outshine the outstanding alumni she worked with; Joe Cocker, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, The Rolling Stones, Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, The Supremes, Neil Diamond as well as her mentor Aretha Franklin and many more. Opportunity knocked on her door again and again strengthening her untarnished credibility. Venetta then won the sought after role as one of the "Oreas" in "A STAR IS BORN", starring Barbra Streisand. This was her film debut.
After working with the biggest names in the industry throughout the world, where could she go? Australia!!! Venetta toured here in 1978 and 1980 with Boz Scaggs. She liked it so much she returned in 1982 permanently. The freshness and vitality of the industry here served her appetite as she hungrily devoured the culture. She began recording and touring with the best. Richard Clapton, Australian Crawl, Tim Finn, Jimmy Barnes, to name but a few. Venetta soon had her own band, Venetta’s Taxi and formed and toured her own gospels show "Gospel Jubilee". It was through her association with these incredible talents and "The Voice" himself, John Farnham that took her to the Australian public. Her spiritual rendition of the classic "Amazing Grace" brought the concerts to a standstill. It was here that Venetta received the respect and recognition she truly deserves.
In 1989, Venetta added another string to her bow when she made her theatre debut as Alice the Slave in "Big River". She opened to rave reviews that created other theatre opportunities. Since then she starred in the musical "Blues in the Night", the concert version of "Chess" and two dramatic plays for the Melbourne Theatre Company, "The Crucible" and "Racing Demons". This lady is not only a star that shines, she brings richness and magic to the people. She is, Ladies and Gentlemen, Ms Venetta Fields