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Music for The Soul Podcast

Nov 30, 2022

We are thrilled to have award winning singer, song-writer, and author, Nita Whitaker on this week's Music for the Soul Podcast, as she speaks about finding her way after the loss of her husband, Don LaFontaine. She speaks about the impact of the song, Drink Deep, and how important it is for each of us to allow our emotions to flow during times of grief and stress. She explains that it is through experiencing grief that we can begin to experience healing. Grief often has many different stages and forms that each person walks through differently. It does not have a set timeline that we have to follow, and Nita shares her journey of walking that path of grief and acceptance, showing us that it is okay to not be okay.

Nita also shares wisdom from her father, Green Whitaker, in her book When Your Hand in the Lion's Mouth. She talks about how her father showed her that when life presents you with things that are completely overwhelming, you must stay calm. She explains that if we can stay calm in the face of adversities and put our faith in God, it can help us to weather all of the storms that life will throw at us. 

Nita's story is one of both the sorrow of grief and the joys of family, and how we can find our way after loss and step into who God has called us to be.

Who is Nita Whitaker?

NITA WHITAKER, recently made her Broadway debut as Wiletta Mayers in Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind in 2021. As the 2019 NAACP Best Supporting Actress award winner for her role of Mom Winans in the Broadway bound musical Born For This. Nita is also a favorite singer of legendary producer David Foster. Having sung with some of the most famous voices of our time including duets with Andre Bocelli, Michael Bolton and Josh Groban. She also sang the original demos for Whitney Houston’s standards, “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing” and “I Look to You”, and worked with greats Carol Bayer Sager, Walter A. and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Burt Bacharach, James Ingram, Steve Tyrell, Patti LaBelle, Lionel Ritchie, Yolanda Adams, Nathan East, and Barbara Streisand. 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. Nita has recorded 4 independent records, appeared in movies, television shows and multiple studio recordings. 


Our listeners can get in contact with Nita at her email,, or on her facebook page linked here:

Also check out Nita's Book, When Your Hand is in the Lion's Mouth, at the link here:

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