FEATURES & BGVS
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by Niles & Nabaté Isles
Feat. Beth Griffith-Manley
Equating singing to breathing is completely reasonable, when it’s coming from Beth Griffith-Manley, singer, songwriter, and actress.
Beth performs both as a solo artist and as a support vocalist, touring worldwide with Motown R&B artist KEM and the legendary Mighty O'Jays. She has released seven solo recording projects and been featured on or provided backing vocals for seven additional recording projects. (See full discography.)
Beth is a member of SAG-AFTRA and also acted in four feature films, multiple stage plays, and commercials for TV and radio. (See all acting credits.)
Following her rich musical upbringing from her father, Johnny Griffith (one of the original Funk Brothers), Beth has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues.
In 2006, Beth performed alongside the late Ali “Ollie” Woodson, legendary singer of the Temptations as they sang an inspiring and timeless duet, "Reach Out Everyone," The song and video were inspired by natural disasters, and supported the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
Shortly after, she provided background vocals for Grammy® Award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams' Christmas album, What A Wonderful Time.
The Voice Season 16
As a season 16 contestant on NBC's "The Voice," Beth was coached by both Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.
Beth was a principle vocalist on “Dancing With The Stars, Season 22 - Icons Night,” and has also provided her voice to the television shows: “Ash vs. Evil Dead” on the Starz Network, "Glee Project" on the OWN Network and "American Bible Challenge" on the Game Show Network (GSN).
Beth's vocals were also featured on Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason's project, 26 Letters, 12 Notes on the song, "How Do I Get to Heaven."
She toured with Anita Baker, 8-time Grammy® Award-winning songstress. She performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Royal Albert Hall in London, Radio City Music Hall in New York, and arenas in South Africa, Nigeria, Trinidad and throughout the Caribbean.
In 2012, Beth performed alongside Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, Martha Reeves, Melba Moore, Boyz II Men, Dennis Edwards, Bebe Winans, and Paul Shaffer as a featured lead and background vocalist during the "Tribute to Motown" show at Carnegie Hall. The historic sold-out concert was produced and directed by renowned Music Director, Ray Chew.
Beth has performed at the Michigan Inaugural Balls held in Washington D.C. for both of President Bill Clinton and both of President Barack Obama's terms.
Beth has performed with 3-time Grammy® Award-nominated, Motown Recording Artist, KEM for the past 8 years. With KEM, she provides background vocals, duets and featured solos around the world.
Beth is a background vocalist on KEM’s Intimacy, What Christmas Means and Promise To Love albums, and continues to tour with him.
Beth holds a product endorsement from Lewitt Audio and performed on their sponsored stage at the 2014 N.A.M.M (National Association of Music Merchants) Music Conference in Anaheim, California.
Her most memorable moment on stage was being cast in the 2011 remake of the movie, “Sparkle” as the stand-in and body-double for Whitney Houston, during filming in Detroit in 2011.
Beth is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has held several stage and screen acting roles. Among them, Church Girl and Chosen (stage), Five Year Engagement, and This Must Be The Place (film). She has also done numerous television and radio commercials.
TV1 holiday movie titled "Merry Wishmas" starring David and Tamela Mann.
Daughter of a Funk Brother...
Beth is the daughter of Johnny Griffith, the legendary and Multi-Grammy® Award-winning pianist/keyboardist. He was an original member of the Funk Brothers, Motown’s in-house studio band that created the famous ‘Motown Sound.’
Johnny Griffith was one of only a few classically-trained musicians who worked at Motown.
Johnny Griffith's Career
The late Johnny Griffith played on hundreds of Motown songs, including top hits such as, "Stop, In The Name Of Love," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "What's Going On," "Dancin' In The Streets,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "Shotgun." He also played keys on several non-Motown records, including: "Lonely Teardrops," "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher," "Have You Seen Her?" and "Cool Jerk." At age 16, he played with blues superstar John Lee Hooker, and as a young man in the 1960s, he toured with Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughan.
Being a young girl in a house filled with such musical brilliance day in and day out, it’s no wonder that Beth’s own musical interests peaked early. At age 5, she began learning how to play the piano alongside her father, and it was evident then, that music was in her DNA. At age 12, her interest in singing sprouted when she joined the choir in junior high school, and it blossomed throughout her high school years.
Beth’s teenage vocals were coached and nurtured by Cheryl Valentine at Beaubien Jr. High, then by notable teacher and director, Deirdre Jackson-Thompson at Mumford High School. Jackson-Thompson was also vocal coach and mentor to The Winans family, The Clark Sisters and members of the famous gospel group, Commissioned.
Even though her father was an extremely successful musician, and Beth’s natural vocal talents were undeniable, Johnny Griffith encouraged his daughter not to pursue music professionally, because he felt the business was too hurtful and unfair. Both of Beth’s parents were strict when it came work and education, and insisted that she work summer jobs in order to buy what she wanted, and that she earn a college degree.
While she attended college, Beth sang in various bands, and also worked at Ford Motor Company. Just as her parents had hoped, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Information Systems and Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix.