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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 and was her fourth consecutive Top Ten R&B release. A couple weeks after the January 2015 U.S. release of Selma, in which Ledisi appeared as gospel great Mahalia Jackson, the singer released The Intimate Truth, an EP of acoustic versions. ~ Andrew Hamilton & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Intimate Truth

1. Rock With You (Acoustic)

2. Like This (Acoustic)

3. I Swear (Acoustic)

4. I Blame You (Acoustic)

5. The Truth (Acoustic)

6. Lose Control (Acoustic)

7. That Good Good (Acoustic)

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Track List: The Truth (Deluxe Edition)

1. I Blame You

2. Rock With You

3. That Good Good

4. Lose Control

5. Like This

6. Anything

7. The Truth

8. Missy Doubt

9. 88 Boxes

10. Can't Help Who You Love

11. Mine

12. I Swear

13. Quick Fix

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Track List: Pieces Of Me

1. Pieces Of Me

2. So Into You

3. Bravo

4. Stay Together

5. Coffee

6. Hate Me

7. Shut Up

8. Shine

9. I Miss You Now

10. BGTY

11. Raise Up

12. I Gotta Get To You

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Track List: Turn Me Loose

1. Runnin'

2. Everything Changes

3. Turn Me Loose

4. Higher Than This

5. Alone

6. Love Never Changes

7. Please Stay

8. Knockin'

9. Say No

10. Goin' Thru Changes

11. I Need Love

12. Trippin'

13. The Answer To Why

14. Them Changes

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Track List: Goin Thru Changes (Radio Single)

1. Goin' Thru Changes

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Track List: I Blame You (Single)

1. I Blame You

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Track List: Pieces Of Me (Radio Single)

1. Pieces Of Me

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Track List: That Good Good (Single)

1. That Good Good

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Ledisi...my oh my...voice as sweet as honey. She interprets her songs furthermore with the runs/scats she do as she sang each lyric!! Love her voice.
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LBC dayz 2013
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Her voice sounds like a beautiful instrument.. . I could listen to her all day (and night)....
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I blame you ....My Yummy Chocolate brother
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ANOTHER GEM THAT KNOWS HOW TO SING
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This is my Girl! she, Gill Scott gets me the empowering feeling!
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My Girl. ......No one got what we got , Blessed !
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This is the kind of s*** I be on that means you ain't playing real deep that's how I roll got to get to you a Cali girl Ledisi Eugene Guss Cali forever
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I love this song so much it really touches my heart
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I love ledisi
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I love her ...sang it girl
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One of my favorite songs by Ledisi
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Sing jeas is thanks god for u
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Thank God for sharing her talent with the world! #needed #appreciated
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catinhat.cd
Addict too that sunshine me finding every part you yummy kiss that chocolate tummy guide to your passion flower,open in the morning light,defini t e l y into you
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I love Ledisi
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I love Ledisi !!
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I love Ledisi!
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This is my song you did your thing I feel this all though my soul you are a great singer
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Can't get enough of Ledisi...The song Pieces of Me is my voicemail song and ringtone and when I'm feeling myself I don't argue I play the song and if they still don't get it I petty the fool!Loving life right now!
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catinhat.cd
Have good day baby girl God gift to you love you.
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Ledisi radio is my cup of coffee in the mornings
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#Bravoooo oooo oooo oooo! #LoveIt
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bronocard
Love her voice and attitude.
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Her voice is a amazing!! #she'stherea l d e a l
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catinhat.cd
Some days it be like that than see your face and my day begin again.I have someone who love me.life baby life!
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Relaxing Song
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Love her music
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Dont sleep on ledisi
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She bad
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This girl is so talented, her beats are awesome! Xoxo it
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I'm enamored by you..
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I love this song... One of top five favorite song
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This song is soooo chill......
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Her music is like a breath of fresh air! Love her!
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I love her
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Thank god for you
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like this song
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lninas2003
Love me like a Champion baby you're my Superman!! Love this song!!
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Just AWESOME! She is and has been a great inspiration to me and many others. She has been truly blessed with a wonderful gift!!
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I needed to here that it's gonna be alright, this is my song for the day, thank you Ms Ledisi
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Ledisi is nothing but pure talent and class. She has such an amazing gift. Seen her for the first time in concert on the Intimate Truth Tour along with Leela James and Raheem Devaughn; fantastic performances , one of the best concerts I attended... A must see!!!
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Ledisi is the TRUTH!!! excellent voice and great performer... . j u s t recently had the opportunity to finally see her perform w/Leela James and Raheem Devaughn on her Intimate Truth tour....word to the wise...U HAVE TO ATTEND this tour concert...if the tour is not coming into your town make sure to Visit a town the tour will be in.....
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Love her voice n words of somg5
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sonia-89
Why don't y'all include her album Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue. This has some of her BEST Recordings!! !
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This beat doe u go ledisi
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I love her music and style!
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Very smooth
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solomon787
So she was initially turned down by record company? Goes to show you how blind talent evaluator in high position are. Her voice is gold.
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This lady's vocal chords is the EIGHTH wonder of the WORLD!!! IJS
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