Throughout the tumultuous 60’s, music was changing and times were changing as the “peace movement” of the 60’s turned into the Disco and funk era of the 70’s. As a teen, La’Verne was there to witness it all. She is now an Arts professional and consultant, independent vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist offering over 20 years as a professional in the music industry.
From 1985 to 1995, La’Verne worked as the first African-American Program Specialist for Radio at the National Endowment for the Arts. The Media Program, provided grant funding for Radio and Television projects including the PBS Series, “Great Performances,” The American Experience and “Jazz from Lincoln Center, Featuring Wynton Marsalis.” Some years later she joined the Rhythm and Blues Foundation as Grants Manager and Associate Producer for the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, Pioneer Awards. This event garnered major publicity and became an official part of Grammy week. It was attended by celebrities and entertainment luminaries in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. She also managed the Berry Gordy, Prince, Gwen Gordy Fuqua and Universal Music funds, providing Emergency Assistance to legendary artists for Rent, Mortgages, Medical needs and Funerals.
La’Verne currently works as a Musician and Recording artist, as well as Event and Entertainment Consultant in Washington, DC. Her company, Specialty Travel and Events, has had contracts with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Blues Alley Jazz Club, DC Vote and others. As a longtime musician and vocalist, she has created memorable musical experiences for audiences large and small. She has performed at venues in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Kansas City, MO, and throughout the mid-west and South. She has worked with a whole spectrum of musical acts, artists and mentors.
In 2018, she launched her first self-published book “Angels of DuPont Circle,” and recently produced her CD of original music entitled, “Undaunted.” Melody’s Music, a recording company in the U.K., also signed her 1980’s “45” record, re-mastered for release in the U.K., France and America. She is thankful for the abundant gifts that God has given her as she works within her community.
La’Verne (also known as “LV”) will continue to perform for causes that she believes in, including scholarship fundraisers for Langston University, as well as featured venues and private corporate performances, while tirelessly helping legendary artists in their fight for music royalty rights!