Ledisi

Artist Biography

She is one of the great ˜new' voices on the music scene but for those who know, Ledisi is so much more.  A dynamic performer whose energy can transform a show into a joyful and  unforgettable celebration, Ledisi has constantly been growing, learning and developing to the point where she's on the verge of a breakthrough into a new realm of recognition.  There have been some notable milestones in the past few years that have helped propel Ledisi to a place where her name has become familiar to many more music lovers worldwide and in this one-on-one conversation, the Bay Area-based multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and producer talks about some of the key events that have her poised to take her career to the next phase...

On a personal note, working with Ledisi has been a real joy for me.  I can't lay claim to have heard her during the early days when she was shaping her own distinctive brand of music with the group Anibade and creating material for LeSun Music with Sundra 'Sun' Manning but I can vividly recall my first 'encounter' with her at a special event British producer Steve 'The Scotsman' Harvey had at his Malibu home a few years back.  Ledisi sang "Get Outta My Kitchen" and everyone who was present was literally blown away!  The brilliant "Soulsinger" album followed and then came the now ultra-rare "Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue".  I saw Ledisi hypnotize an entire audience at the Los Angeles Wiltern Theater as a special guest for Rachelle Ferrell a few years later; within the last nine months, I've had the privilege of getting to know her.  I witnessed her bring her special brand of soulful magic to a Madison Square Garden crowd as a part of a tribute to Luther Vandross last September.  Subsequently, we actually worked on a few shows together, one a benefit for the Minority AIDS Project in tribute to the late Phyllis Hyman in which she brought to life a couple of Phyllis' songs including "Living All Alone" which she made her very own and "Sophisticated Lady," a duet with saxophonist Everette Harp that will forever stay with me. 

In December, 2004, she performed as part of a tribute to the late great Nina Simone and once again had the audience begging for more.  At that show and again in February, 2005, we also got to duet together on the old blues tune "Trouble In Mind" (after she sang "Young, Gifted & Black" with singer-songwriter-producer Gordon Chambers) and all I can say is that singing with Ledisi is unlike any other experience I've ever had!  As a performer, she inspired me to go places I have never been vocally and beyond that, her energy, encouragement and love make her one of the most soulful people I've ever met during more than a couple of decades as a music journalist, author and R&B historian.  She is the real thing, honest, authentic and true artistically, musically, creatively and personally.  It's an honor to know her...and here's just a peek into her world...

Contributed by David Nathan  http://www.soulmusic.com/

 

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