Beth Griffith Performs at HAL Awards Surrounded by Motown Royalty

On the heels of releasing her debut album FREE, recording artist Beth Griffith performs music from FREE with two special performances in Beverly Hills, California at the annual tribute to ‘Heroes and Legends (HAL) Awards Scholarship Gala celebrating 28 years. The two-day weekend is Saturday, September 23rd at Hard Rock Café Hollywood for the ‘Legends of Souls Concert’ at 8:00p. Then on Sunday, September 24th Beth performs a very special tribute to Paul Riser who earned the title of ‘Motown’s Brilliant Arranger.’ He was one of the key creative master minds behind ‘The Sound of Young America.’

Beth recently released her highly anticipated debut album, FREE on the television 19029189_1426526590775018_3558068005078184797_nmorning news show called, ‘Live In The D’  which airs on WDIV Channel 4.  What seemed like a dream finally realized for Detroit recording artist Beth Griffith, is actually a remarkable tribute to her passion, strong work-ethic and God-given talent.

Beth is known for her impeccable work as a background vocalist touring with award-winning recording artists like Anita Baker and KEM.  Music and signing are not just her passions.  Beth was made for this and literally has music in her blood.  She is the daughter of Motown Funk Brother Pianist, Johnny Griffith.

The HAL Scholarship Award Gala occurs at the world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel located at 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA  90210. Red Carpet and Silent Auction starts at 4:30p, Awards Dinner starts at 6:00p with the Awards Ceremony starting at 7:00p.  This year’s 2017 HAL Award honorees are: Bill Withers, Chris Tucker, The Honey Cone, Inez Foxx, Paul Riser, Evelyn Champagne King and Dominique Dunn.

hal-lyreThe HAL Awards creator is celebrated songwriter, and Motown Alumna, Janie Bradford. She is dedicated to awarding scholarships to performing arts students who have maintained at least a 2.0 grade average and who show promise in the area of performing arts. Bradford says, “The scholarships provide the financial assistance these students need to continue their education. We leverage celebrities from across the globe to inspire and mentor these students to follow their dreams. It’s a star-studded Hollywood event with purpose.”

For tickets and details visit or call 310-274-1609.

Beth is managed by Courtney Benjamin Entertainment Group and welcomes interview opportunities through her publicist, Cheryl Patterson of Universal Xperience, 915.270.9766 and


Known for her outstanding work with Whitney Houston in the movie ‘Sparkle’ (2012) Beth was excited and humbled to be selected as the stand-in actress and body double for Houston.

In 2016, Beth appeared as a guest vocalist on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – Season 22, ‘Icons Night’ which aired on ABC.  She paid tribute to icons Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.

Best In Black BethBeth is nominated for a 2017 ‘Best In Black Detroit Award.’  Her fans/supporters voted her on the ballot as a nominee for ‘Best Local Singer.’ The ‘Best In Black Detroit Award’ is sponsored by the Michigan Chronicle. Vote Beth to win through October 16, 2017.  Click VoteBeth2Win to cast your vote.  Go to the Leisure/Entertainment category then Best Local Singer.

As an accomplished singer, Beth was a background vocalist for multi Grammy Award recording artist Anita Baker. Currently, Beth is a background vocalist for Grammy Award Nominated KEM (Promise to Love).

“It seems surreal to be out in front like this because I’ve performed and recorded as a background vocalist for over 10 years,” says Beth.  “The music on my album FREE chronicles the ups and downs of relationships.  FREE feels good and relates to anyone who has loved and knows that while loving and receiving love is joyous, it also takes work and perseverance, to say the least.”

While FREE features a hand-picked production team, Beth’s debut album has some 20031845_1467272283367115_1269813958784718567_nheavy hitters at the helm which include, Grammy-nominated Michael J Powell and Eric Bluetooth Griggs.   Powell is best known for his work as producer for eight-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Anita Baker.  He also helped produce albums for Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight.

FREE is released on Anise Records and is available for download on digital music platforms like iTunes and Amazon.  For a short period of time you can listen to FREE on


Johnny GriffithIn 2103, Beth was honored to represent her father, Johnny Griffith as the legendary Motown Funk Brothers received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Some of the celebrities in attendance were Stevie Wonder and Ray Parker Jr.  They joined surviving Funk Brothers – Jack Ashford, Joe Messina and Eddie Willis in the star-studded ceremony.

The Funk Brothers was a 13-member studio band of highly-talented musicians.  Johnny Griffith is noted as one of the few classically trained musicians who worked at Motown with music degrees from Wayne State University and University of Detroit Mercy.  “Johnny had a very beautiful touch, very melodic…. especially when he did a ballad, this guy was just incredible,” said Jack Ashford.


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