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Ledisi

Ledisi Young (her given name meaning "to bring forth" in Nigerian) was born in the Big Easy, where she sang with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra when she was eight years old and spent many adolescent hours watching her mother perform with a local R&B band, often in a nearby park. After the family relocated to Oakland, California, Ledisi followed her mother's lead and sang in a local band, but left to form her own identity and her own group. She became widely noted for her performances in Beach Blanket Babylon, a long-running San Francisco-based cabaret featuring song parodies, celebrity impersonations, and enormous hats; she got the gig after being nominated for a Shellie Award in 1990 for her role as Dorothy in a local version of The Wiz.

She later formed Anibade (Ledisi's middle name), which, depending on what you read, means "to bring forth luck" or "my mother is great" in Yorubu. The band featured Sundra Manning (keyboards and chief songwriter), Cedricke Dennis (guitar), Nelson Braxton (bass), Wayne Braxton (saxophone), and Tommy Bradford (drums); while the lineup was similar to Chaka Khan & Rufus, the sound -- on record anyway -- was mellower than Rufus' energized, excellently engineered sounds, sometimes fusing R&B, hip-hop, urban, jazz, and funk in the same pot. Ledisi and her band built a hot reputation in the Bay Area at local clubs such as Bruno's, The Black Cat, and Rasselas. Fans kept asking about a record, so the band cut a demo, "Take Time," that radio station KMEL aired and received a good response; this prompted Ledisi to seek a deal with major recording companies, all of which praised and turned her down in the same breath. Frustrated but not thwarted, Ledisi cut the critically acclaimed Soulsinger and released it on LeSun Records (owned by Ledisi and Manning) on January 1, 2000. "Papa Loved to Love Me" -- a personal account of a father sexually abusing his daughter -- is one of the CD's most riveting and controversial tracks.

The CD did well without the benefit a major distributor: LeSun's successful grassroots promotion/publicity campaign went beyond the typical artist/company web page, saturating the Internet with information, accompanied by a full gigging plate during which Ledisi and company promoted and sold their CD, T-shirts, and other items. Amazon ranked Soulsinger number five in Los Angeles (September 2001), and it became popular in Finland, Norway, London, and Amsterdam as well. Ledisi recorded a jazz album with bassist Marcus Shelby for Noir Records -- Shelby's independent based company in San Francisco -- that further illustrated her skills. Her third studio album, Lost & Found, was released in 2007. Two of its singles -- "Alright" and "In the Morning" -- peaked within the Top 50 of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and a pair of Grammy nominations followed.

Released in 2008, It's Christmas featured updates of "Give Love on Christmas Day" and "What a Wonderful World." The appropriately titled Turn Me Loose, her hardest-hitting release, came the next year and featured collaborations with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, as well as Raphael Saadiq. Her most popular disc, it topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart, crossed into the Top 20 of the Billboard 200, and resulted in another pair of Grammy nominations. Pieces of Me, an album that involved the likes of Rex Rideout, Mike City, and Chuck Harmony -- as well as Jaheim on a duet -- followed in 2011. It came within one spot of topping the R&B chart and debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200. The Truth, featuring a surprising amount of uptempo material without any pop concessions, was released in 2014. ~ Andrew Hamilton & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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poeticmind90 5
Beautiful song
I can see her and a John Legend
Singing this together
He would kill this
LEDISI, SHE'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ALL THE WAY THROUGH. I LOVE HER TONE I'M GLAD THERE IS STILL ANOTHER SONGSTRESS HERE FOR US OLD HEADS lol......ANY HOW SHE'S GREAT.
Love love
A truly gifted singer.
Everything about Ledisi is the real meaning of soul music and singing.
Fabulous!!!! ! !
She's the real deal!!
shermicachan d l e r
Truly talented
Talent that comes from with in, do your thing baby!!!! Sure Money
Real talent
Got a chance to see this lovely song bird in Huntsville Alabama and she immediately became my favorite artist. Ledisi your show was awesome and tha speaks volumes because you were the headliner in a concert that featured Brian Culbertson
love this lady.
Saw her in concert at Macy's Music Festival @ Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Oh in 2013. She was great!!!
Love her music!!!!
tracyoffutt
Get me more of this YES
gr8smyl2002
A force to be reckoned with! One of the best voices of this century!
ALL I CAN SAY IS GO GIRL I LOVE (IMPRESSIONA B L E )
This was nice!
Alright.....
I really like this song.
Sexy NOLA
I blame you baby girl love u ledisi
Ledisi = GOOD MUSIC
I love you and your music.
artrise
SISTA-GIRL YOUR ARE WHAT'S UP IN THIS MUSIC INDUSTRY 2014, THAT'S WHAT'S UP.... I BLAM YOU
I love your voice and your music
I love Ledisi
This chic right here is awesome!! I love her style and music!! The Truth is really The Truth..Nice album:))
just saw her live in KC tuesday along with the Rodbert Glasper Experiment awsome show the girl can SANG!
Love it my style of music
love her albums, love her even more live! a singer with an amazing range and her scat skills are worthy of envy!
I just wanted you to know that you got it going on to be 42 you don't look like you are that old what can I say black don't crack black girls rock
I Gotta Get To U Baby...Be Ready For Me.. Love U Tony...©©©©©
Rock My Soul
Beautiful song and voic
What could be higher than this!!!
I've been on this journey with our Sista LEDISI since her first performance at Yoshi's Oakland CA hanging in the parks wherever she performs I/we (the crew) including my mom always supporting & embracing her musical gift. LEDISI does things w/her voice that's simply amazing. Thank you LEDISI ��
Wow I really thought it was my girl Jill Scott
heardme
I love Ledsi
this is my fav artist right now! she can do no wrong!!!!
My girl! New cd coming soon!!
I Blame You!!! Gurlfriend put dat down!! Luve that song!!!!
Higher... Ledisi....so r r y but paying my house off is WAY more important to me than l♥v, anyday of the week!!!!
I love this song!
brighteyez29 0
This woman is the truth I love all her song sweet relxing mind blowing sends my mind to another planet:)
Best music
this is a tight song with Jaheim Lets Stay together...
This song makes me feel some type of way... When you sit back and think about your situation, no matter what > It's gonna be alright... Just HOLD ON!
Haven't heard this song in awhile...but hay ..its alright.
Really enjoy listening to her music
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
geenote126
this is the best song to listen to when the stress, frustration & disappointme n t s are in front of you...this song makes everything Alright oh so LOOOOVE THIS!!!!! MYPERSONAL THEME SONG!!!!!!
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