Ledisi Anibade Young /ˈlɛdɨsiː/ was born March 28, 1972, she is an eight-time Grammy-nominated American singer–songwriter and actress. Her first name means “to bring forth” or “to come here” in Yoruba. Ledisi is known for her jazz influenced vocals as well as her fierce locs of hair.
Ledisi grew up in a musical family; her mother sang in a Louisiana R&B band and her stepfather, Joseph Pierce,III, (deceased) was a drummer in the New Orleans area. Her biological father is soul singer Larry Sanders, although he left the family when she was a baby and did not meet again for nearly three decades.
Ledisi first began performing publicly at age eight with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. She moved to Oakland, California where her music career blossomed. She was nominated for a Shellie award in 1990 for her performance in a production of The Wiz and performed in an extended run with the San Francisco cabaret troupe, Beach Blanket Babylon. She studied opera and piano for five years at University of California Berkeley in their Young Musicians Program.
In 1995, Ledisi formed the group known as Anibade. After unsuccessfully trying to get the group signed to a major label, she formed LeSun Records with Sundra Manning. Along with her group Anibade, Ledisi released an album titled Take Time. The album gained major airplay from local radio stations.
In 2000, Ledisi released her first album, titled Soulsinger: The Revival. Ledisi and her group toured in 2001, performing various shows. In 2002, Ledisi released her second album, Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue. The album won her an award for “Outstanding Jazz Album” at the California Music Awards.
In 2007, Ledisi signed a major record deal with Verve Forecast and released her third album in August of that year, titled Lost & Found, which sold almost 217,000 copies and earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist. In 2008, Ledisi released her Christmas album, titled It’s Christmas.
Ledisi’s sixth studio album, Pieces of Me, was released on June 14, 2011 and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200 Charts, selling 38,000 in its first week.
Ledisi released her first book, Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power on Time Home Entertainment, Inc. in 2012. The book, an innovative collaboration with ESSENCE, is filled with the singer’s personal photos, quotes, lyrics and richly detailed stories of the Grammy nominee’s journey to acceptance of her beauty, talent and power.
In December 2012, VH1 announced that Ledisi would perform at their 2012 VH1 Divas show, a concert benefiting the Save The Music Foundation charity. Ledisi performed a Whitney Houston tribute medley with Jordin Sparks and Melanie Fiona; Ledisi has also performed at the White House three times at the request of President and First Lady Obama.
So yes, y’all she has definitely made it to the top…….
It is 2014 and she is still going strong; Ledisi has just released a new album titled………….. “The Truth”
That being said; I’m going to take you back to one of my favorite songs of her album “Pieces of Me”…………………………
“BRAVO, BRAVO, COME ON CLAP FOR YOURSELF NAH! Today “We Celebrating Life Y’all;” Ledisi……………..Give Yourself A Round Of Applause” because you are the Fanzyflaminfro Neo Soul Artist of the week!!!!!!!!!
And we are celebrating the you long Gevity in this industry and the release of your 7th album “The Truth” cause that’s exactly what you are……………
And here is a little glimpse of what her new album has to offer you…..
Click the link below to listen to some exerts of her new music.