South Florida’s live music scene has not been what the masses think about when they book their vacations or make plans to have a night out but the independent artist who has been honing their craft on open mic stages in the tri-county area are creating music and reaching souls nightly.

If you were around when Leesa Richard’s had locs and when Maryel Epps was the queen of brunch on South Beach then you know the music has always been here. From Nicole Henry to George Tandy Jr & Sr, South Florida natives and transplants have been performing globally for decades.

Today is Betty Wrights’s birthday. She is our forever Queen of Soul and even tho Trick & Trina rep the MIA hard Ms. Betty was also born and raised in the county of Dade and remained a Miami Girl all the days of her life. Her music has been a part of the soundtrack of our lives before some of us had life and it will continue to be for generations to come courtesy of artists like Beyonce who sampled her music and rappers like Lil Wayne Who she welcomed Into her home studio when they wanted to develop their vocals.

Today her daughters carry the torch along with artists like Lavie, Courtney Mickens, Paul Morris, Roy G and countless others making music today.

We got musicians too. They perform locally and internationally making their passion their prosperity across genres and continents. If you don’t know who Jody Hill is if you havent experienced Allen Paul if you never heard Tristan or Shaka or MicKey or Cory or Melton or Jon or Boowie then you have been missing out.

Ms. Betty poured into all of South Florida’s artist. She shared her gifts and her knowledge and her resources. She PASSED IT ON, she created a legacy by being a part of what we will hear today and always.

In her honor I encourage you to experience the live music scene here or at least support the artist by purchasing their music and spreading the word about our own.

It’s the WRIGHT thing to do

Ingrid B

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