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Rita Wilburn was born in Mississippi. Introduced to the music of Etta James, Betty Wright, Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Ceaser, Ted Taylor, Bobby Bland, B.B. King, Al Greene, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Chicago, Loretta Lynn, Elton John, by age 6, she was singing at church and entertaining by 9, at the local Barber Shop with guitar legend Stonewall Mays. By 10, she was the youngest person to perform the National Anthem for the State Cotton Bowl. She won numerous awards from high school talent shows and private organizations in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. At 16, Rita performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. After high school, she moved to Memphis, where she performed in clubs on the Memphis Famous Beale Street. Rita was the lead vocalist for TRANSITION, a band that performed night clubs, weddings, corporate events, festivals such as The Mid-South State Fair and Memphis in May. The band opened for Colour Me Bad, Memphis Greats "Al Green, the Bar-Kay’s, Issac Hayes, Ruby Wilson, and the pleasure of working with Willie Mitchell.

 
Rita resides in Miami, FL, where she has her own band - Rita Wilburn Band that performs Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel and Rock. "Each genre one sends me to a whole different place." The band performed at the Annual Key West Goombay Festival for the last 2 years. Rita is a member of the South Florida Blues Society and Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. 
 
"I love to captivate my audience with the softness of Jazz, the heartache of the Blues, and the joy in R&B and mesmerize the country audience by tickling their earlobes with a Southern Mississippi twang. I hope to create the perfect mood that will relax your mind and take you on a sweet journey of the greatest music on earth.” - Rita Wilburn
 
Website: http://www.thejazznetworkworldwide.com/profile/RitaWilburn

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