To date, Reed has recorded two albums for the Atlanta-based Ichiban label in 1995 and 1996. Her amphitheater performances with Lovett
must have surely had an effect on sales of both of her records. Reed also got a few other nice breaks, including the chance to do some singing for TV commercials. Tom Cruise cranks her album up in a scene from the 1993 movie The Firm.
Reed's two albums for Ichiban include I Want You to Love Me (1995) and Can't Make It on My Own (1996). The former features a duet with bandleader Lovett
, while the latter includes a duet with Delbert McClinton
. On both albums, Reed continues the tradition already set down by great women soul-blues vocalists like Carla Thomas
, Irma Thomas
, and Etta James
; she returned in 1999 with Shades of Blue on the Intersound label. In 2001 following the demise of Ichiban Records, which left her first two records out of print and unavailable, Reed and longtime collaborator Marvin Taylor re-recorded some of her best material live in the studio and released the results as I Got a Right!...To Some of My Best. The record business being as unpredictable as it is, Ichiban was resurrected in 2002 and released American Roots: Blues, a compilation of her first two records. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi