Ledisi didn’t wait around for the industry to understand her jazzy, blues-tinged sound; she went out a created a career for herself. After releasing several albums with her group and then on her own, a major label – Verve Records – finally took notice, and since then, she’s been widening the base of fans she so painstakingly lured on her own for so long.
Two albums and four Grammy nominations later, Ledisi’s just released her latest, “Pieces of Me.” While she works with a host of hitmaking producers this time, it hasn’t changed her signature sound. And that’s good news for the fans that have followed her since her indie days.
Here’s more on our latest In-Studio Jam artist.
BORN: Ledisi Anibade Young in New Orleans, Louisiana.
BIG BREAK: Raised in Oakland, California, Ledisi’s developed a multi-genre musical style that led to frustration in getting a record deal when folks couldn’t place her in a box. So after she and a partner started their own independent label and released two albums, Verve Records took notice and signed her.
EDUCATION: Ledisi studied opera and piano in the Young Musicians program at the University of California at Berkeley.
BACK STORY: Ledisi started out in a group called Anibade and released and independent CD with them. Then she went solo, releasing the albums “Soulsinger: The Revival” and “Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue.”
RESUME: On “Pieces of Me,” Ledisi worked with more mainstream producers like Salaam Remi (Jazmine Sullivan, Amy Winehouse), Ivan and Carvin (Jill Scott), Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature fame and Mike City (Kelly Price, Carl Thomas, Brandy), and she does a duet with Jaheim. Don’t worry – her signature multi-genre sound is still intact.
FUN FACT: Ledisi has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist.