26 January 2011

What's In My Bag - Ledisi

 Ledisi is a soul singer-songwriter from Oakland, CA (by way of New Orleans) who has released four studio albums and earned four Grammy nominations.

Ledisi Young (whose name means "to bring forth" in Nigerian) began performing at age eight with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. She continued performing in the Bay Area, including singing, acting, playing piano, and studying opera. In the '90s she formed a group called Anibade which combined Jazz, soul, and funk. In 2000, Ledisi independently released her first solo album,
Soulsinger: The Revival (LeSun Records), and followed it in 2002 with Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue (LeSun Records).
After a five year haitus, Ledisi reappeared on the Verve label with 2007's Lost & Found, earning her Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best R&B album. During a case of writer's block following the success of Lost & Found, a friend recommended she listen to Buddy Miles' Them Changes, an album she says influenced her to change her vocal and musical styles. She released Turn Me Loose (Verve) in 2009, which combined rock, blues, soul, funk, and Hip-Hop and was produced by Raphael Saadiq, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis, among others. Turn Me Loose was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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