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For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2015
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Melonie Burke
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Chairman Monestime honors famed singer Betty Wright


(MIAMI-DADE, FL) – Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime honored Miami-based soul and R & B singer and songwriter Betty Wright at the Feb. 18 Board of County Commissioners meeting by presenting her with a proclamation in honor of Black History Month.

Betty Wright won fame in the 1970s with hits such as "Clean Up Woman" and "Tonight Is the Night". A pioneering singer-songwriter and entrepreneur, she remains one of the few black female musicians to produce a gold record on her own vanity label. She was signed to her first label in 1966 at the age of 12 and released the singles "Thank You Baby" and "Paralyzed", which won Mrs. Wright local fame in Miami.

Mrs. Wright has worked with many artists including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan and Beyoncé.