Private Performance/Eisenhower Foundation Palm Dessert | April 11thPrivate Performance/Eisenhower Foundation Palm Dessert
One Night Only | April 24thOne Night Only- McCullum Theater
Light up the Night | April 28thLight up the Night- The Grove of Anaheim (tix at apacf.org or 714-712-2700)
Classic Broadway Mother’s Day Show | May 12thClassic Broadway Mother’s Day Show- Vitello’s 7:30pm
Muhammed Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night Arizona | March 9-11Muhammed Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night Arizona
Billie Holliday songs | April 8thBillie Holliday songs with Corky Hale at Catalina Jazz room
Michael Childer's One Night Only | April 25thMichael Childer's One Night Only, a benefit concert in Palm Springs.
Chris Walden Big Band | October 27, 2018CHRIS WALDEN BIG BAND with guest vocalists Jane Monheit, Patrick Tuzzolino, Nita Whitaker & Billy Valentine
Hour of Power | November 11, 2018Nita sings at Hour of Power
IN A WORLD WITH BOOKS
We are a dedicated group of individuals who believe in the power of reading and how it can enrich one’s life. We are a volunteer organization, and every gift we receive will help purchase and deliver books to underserved and underprivileged children.
In the spirit of the generosity of Don LaFontaine, we give these books because books were the fundamental, integral foundation of his voiceover career. Our dream is to expand this ideal to reach across the nation so that every child can have at least one book in their home.
I try to find the calm in the storm of media that bombards us by simply turning it off. The noise of what he or she did, and the exposure to tales of ever more horrific crimes that make the headlines, makes me weary and sad. But I look into the kind faces of a passing strangers and there is a smile, a good wish and wave from my neighbor, and simple acts of kindness here and there, I know that we as a people, as Americans, are more than the collective negative divide which seeks to do just that. Divide us. There is no all right or all wrong; no conservative vs. liberal, right vs left. I get overwhelmed hearing the sides putting us in boxes as though if we are on one side or the other, we are without principles that are for the greater good of all. Why it is viewed this way? It is all inflammatory and just how we are kept from seeking ONE truth. We all deserve the right the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Taxes, and tariffs, and affairs, and superpacs, and privatization, coverups and Russia, he said she said...I am so sick of the noise of it all. Where does peace live...somewhere in the space between all the noise? In our homes and neighborhoods? Can we make America more peaceful again? I say, if you spend some time with a child, you can regain some of the innocence you came with. They just want to play, be feel loved and protected; to be seen and heard. If we can break it down to that, isn't that what we all want? Yes. So let's keep it simple. Let's keep it about love. Let's stop hurting each other. Let's stop pointing fingers. It starts at the top with leadership and character, they DO count. Your words matter. Treat EVERYONE with kindness. Everybody is important to someone. Results aren't everything when in the getting, you trampled on those less fortunate. Blessed be, Nita
FINDING MY VOICE: MY JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF TO GRACE
Living with the Loss of Don LaFontaine
Whitaker LaFontaine, Nita
NitWhit Inc. (250 pp.) | ISBN: 978-0985264826;
In her affecting debut memoir, LaFontaine asserts that “love doesn’t end when a loved one dies,” but can, through friends and with grace, become deeper and more sacred.
The author and her husband, Don LaFontaine, came from vastly different backgrounds, but both had powerful voices. She performed her first church solo at the age of 3 and later sang in the Miss America pageant as Miss Louisiana—the first woman of color to hold that title. He was the voice behind the famous movie trailer introduction, “In a world,” among other catchphrases; his voice work appeared in more than 5,000 movie trailers, as well as in numerous television shows and commercials. Not long after Nita and Don met in Los Angeles in the 1980s, they merged into “one motion, one word, ‘DonandNita.’ ” After 20 years of marriage, with three beautiful daughters, their dream life was interrupted when Don was diagnosed with lung cancer. In the memoir, Don undergoes chemo and fights the disease in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai, cracking jokes all the while, as the author flashes back to her childhood and highlights from the life she and Don shared. Read more
A favorite singer of legendary producer David Foster, Nita has sung with some of the most famous voices of our time. She sang the original demos for Whitney Houston’s standards, “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing” and “I Look to You” working with producers David Foster and Walter Nelson Jr. Having toured with Andrea’ Bocelli as a guest duet artist, as well a featured vocalist on tour with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, Nita has performed with some of the great singers of our time including Michael Bolton, Lionel Ritchie, Yolanda Adams, Patti LaBelle, Barbara Striesand, Patti Austin, Josh Groban, and Michael Buble’. She has entertained thousands as well hundreds in her own intimate one woman shows, charity galas and corporate events; her expansive talent and humor continues to find new avenues to be expressed.
A former Miss Louisiana and Grand Champion Hall of Fame Star Search Winner, Nita’s stellar vocals blend, jazz, pop, and classical into her own unique sound. She has performed on stage including four world premiere’s musicals: “Ragtime”, “Ten Commandments the Musical”, “Breaking Through” at Pasadena Playhouse, and most recently as Mom Winans in “Born For This” at the Majestic Theater in Boston, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, Alliance Theater and the Arena Stage in Washington D.C.
Also, she has recorded 4 independent records, appeared in movies, television shows and multiple studio recordings. Nita penned an award-winning memoir entitled: Finding My Voice, started a 501c3 non-profit www.inaworldwithbooks.org, that has given nearly 7000 underserved children new books.
She is the mother of two beautiful emerging stars, Skye and Liisi LaFontaine. The best is yet to come.