Growing up in a musical family, everyone seemed to have had a gift of music in some form or another, be it singing, playing an instrument or just listening to great music on the record player. Borning the 'dream life experience' on January 25th, and being the youngest of seven, Anita BeSong discovered very early that she was passionate about singing and songwriting. Often day dreaming that she would someday be a very successful recording artist & performer.
While in elementary school, BeSong played a percussion instrument that she referred to as “jingles” on a recording by a group called Gravy Train (Fredrick Knight), “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long” that went GOLD! She just happened to be in the studio that night playing the piano and singing with a girl group that her sister and 3 of her Phillips High School friends put together. One day while riding in the car with her parents, she heard a very familiar tune playing on the radio. She got so excited, and told her mom & dad, “ that’s me playing the ‘jingles’ on that song!!”
Well, hearing a song on the radio, that she participated in, just may have been her “bitten by the music bug” moment. In her freshmen year of high school, she tried out for the Marching Band, and was proud to be a 2 year member of one of the best high school marching bands in Alabama, The Phillips High School Marching Red Raiders lead by one of the most respected band leaders in Birmingham, Mr. John H. McAphee, Jr.. Then, her school counselors suggested she audition for the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA). BeSong spent the next amazing 2 years there, majoring in classical voice with additional studies in Flute, Piano, Jazz Ballet & Tap Dance.
Her professional career advanced in the 1980’s, when she joined Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' band, Flyte Tyme, as a vocalist and flutist. Brian McKnight, along with Claude McKnight & Joel Kibble of the Grammy winning A Capella group, Take 6, performed background vocals on BeSong’s earlier album, You Are My Joy (as Anita Spratt-Smith). BeSong, also, made her presence in musical theater productions, stage and background acting in films, working alongside composer, Consuela Lee (aunt of filmmakers Spike & Malcolm Lee), directors Claude Purdy & Tonea Stewart and actors Nick LaTour, Abdul Salaam El Razzac, Marla Gibbs (Witness Protection) and Ice Cube (Ride Alone).
She naturally expresses a style all her own, which got the attention of International Bassist & Jazz Legend, Cleveland Eaton. Mr. Eaton was gracious to feature his talents on two songs from this album project, along with Byron "Morfingaz" Thomas and Grammy winning producer, Phil Davis, who both beautifully produced & arranged songs from this much anticipated album, Songs in the Key of Love. Speaking of "Producers", BeSong was really thrilled to learn that she was actually co-producing her album after going forward with her initial creative insight to have Live musicians perform on her album, thus hiring the amazingly talented Mart Avant to put the horn arrangements on three of BeSong's original songs, mainly according to her vision.