Rita Coolidge is an American singer and has won two Grammy Awards. She has married twice, first to husband Kris Kristofferson. But later after the divorce with him, she married Tatsuya Suda. Her net worth is around $6 million.
Rita Coolidge Early Life & Education
Rita Coolidge is an American recording artist born on May 1, 1944, in Lafayette, Tennessee, near Nashville. She is the daughter of Dick and Charlotte Coolidge. Rita has two sisters, Priscilla, and Linda who are both talented singers just like Rita.
Rita and her family made a move to Florida when she was 15. She graduated from Florida State University with a major in art. While at college, she formed a small folk-group called R.C. and the Moonpies.
She was performing around Memphis when she was discovered by Delaney & Bonnie. Amazed by her singing talent, they took her to Los Angeles where she immediately gained mainstream recognition and became a popular background singer on many other people's albums as well.
Coolidge recorded her first album, Turn Around and Love You. Her album was a huge success within her region but failed to make any difference nationally.
She was later signed to A&M Records with whom she released a self-titled album in 1971. The album grabbed good reviews from music critics but had poor sales.
Marriage & Relationship With Husband
Rita then married country singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson in November 1973. The two had met each other in 1970 when they were catching a flight to Tennessee.
The singer got off with Rita in Memphis, instead of his intended destination to Nashville. Together they have a daughter named Casey who was born in 1974.
Rita and Kris's marriage came to an end in 2012 when the two parted ways. The singer is now married to husband Tatsuya Suda, a retired professor of computer science at the University of California at Irvine. They now reside in Fallbrook, California.
Career in Collaboration With Husband Kris Kristofferson
The duo recorded several duet albums which were a great success sales-wise and further earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1974 for the song From the Bottle to the Bottom. They were again awarded the same in 1976 for Lover Please.
Rita's career reached great heights around 1977-1978, with her hit songs on pop charts. The singer had four consecutive top 25 hits.
Coolidge is the founding member for the trio group Walela, which she formed with her sisters Pricilla and Laura. The sisters recorded albums through 2000.
In 2006, she recorded a standard album And So is Love, her first jazz album. She also recorded a holiday album named A Rita Coolidge Christmas, which was released in October 2012.
In April 2016, Rita released her autobiography, Delta Lady: A Memoir. As of 2017, Rita Coolidge has a net worth of an estimated $6 million and a lot of followers in Youtube and other social media as well.