If you don’t shed a tear when watching this video, you are as stone cold as everybody says you are…LOL! RuPaul’s Drag Race star Latrice Royale gives a stellar performance in Here’s To Life, originally sung by jazz legend Shirley Horn and Barbra Streisand, the first single off her anthemic debut album. The consummate showgirl stays true to Horns’ original sentiment of survival, singing about growing up gay in the gang-infested streets of Compton, her stint in prison, survival, and her transformation into the grand dame that she is today.
Ella Fitzgerald is clearly the queen of jazz. I have always loved her and Della Reese and have lip-synched to quite a bit of their music. Shirley Horn and Shirley Bassey are also favorites and had a lot to do with the shaping this project. My hope is that fans will put this record on in the background with a glass of wine and a nice meal with a candle and a lover. It’s very casual listening that runs the gamut from the whore house to the church house, so everybody should be able to find something they enjoy.
Latrice Royale’s Here’s To Life is available now on Amazon