After spending much of her career as a backup singer, Darlene Love is finally stepping to center stage. Love appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Wednesday night to help promote “20 Feet From Stardom,” a music documentary focusing on the unknown lives of backup singers that opens today. Love performed a striking rendition of “Lean On Me,” a song featured on the film’s soundtrack.
Love has been called the “world’s most famous backup singer,” but has also appeared on Broadway and in films — most notably as Trish Murtaugh in all four “Lethal Weapon” films. ” She hosts a Christmas special in New York City every year, and Harper Collins released her new novel, “My Name is Love,” on June 4. She’s currently performing in an Australian production of “FAME” as the musical’s lead performer.
“20 Feet From Stardom” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to glowing reviews before moving to the San Francisco and Montclair festivals in April. The film features interviews with Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, and Bruce Springsteen.
Listen to the sweet ballad below and look for “20 Feet From Stardom” in limited release this Friday.