Rita Graham’s vocal career escalated when Ray Charles produced an album of lush standards entitled Rita Graham Vibrations (TRC, 1507). This album was the only project Ray Charles produced for a female artist on his label Tangerine Records. Rita was featured on the United Kingdom Northern Soul Hits, Gone with the Wind is My Love, by Rita and The Tiaras, studio singers whom Rita never met.

Rita worked with the Harry James Orchestra. For three years, she recorded single records produced by TV composer, Mike Post. She was featured with the Mercer Ellington and Duke Ellington Orchestras in 1982. Also, she opened for jazz great Oscar Peterson, legendary comedian Redd Foxx, and the Ray Charles Raelettes. For 10 years, Rita’s trio was the Sunday night band at Atlanta’s premiere supper club Sambuca Jazz Café, where the CD, Rita Graham Live at Sambuca Atlanta was recorded.

Rita originated the role of Coretta Scott King in the joyous civil rights docu-musical, Selma, in several theaters, including Los Angeles’ Inner-City Theater and Hollywood’s Huntington Hartford Theater, produced by Redd Foxx Productions, and off-Broadway’s New Federal Theater, produced by Woodie King, Jr.

Rita played the female lead, Lilly King, in the family blues feature film, We Are Kings (2014) opposite Sammy Blue, the Crown Prince of the Blues. She is featured with Sammy Blue as a duo and with the Sammy Blue Band.

The feature film, Karma Rising, adapted from the suspense/mystery novel by Rita Graham (, kindle) will be released in 2018.

Rita is a Board member of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. and she teaches voice at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

Contact Rita Graham: 678-365-7535 or


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