The contribution of Miss Martha High to the development of soul music has remained indisputable for many years. Born in Victoria, Virginia and growing up in Washington DC, she started singing in front of audiences at a young age and was discovered at a talent show by non-other than Bo Diddley who linked her to the band The Jewels. After a hit with Parliament's George Clinton she was discovered in 1965 in Washington by James Brown, the start of Martha’s 32 year career performing alongside The Godfather, the longest of any of his backing singers.