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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.
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