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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. In 2017, she returned with her eighth studio album, Let Love Rule, featuring the single "High." ~ Andrew Hamilton & Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    R&B Holiday

    R&B Holiday
    7 songs


    6 songs

    New R&B First

    New R&B First
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    10 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Pieces of Me
  3.   Stay Together by Jaheim
  4.   High
  5.   I Blame You
  6.   Like This
  7.   Joy
  8.   Goin' Thru Changes
  9.   It's Christmas
  10.   Give Love on Christmas Day
  11.   Think of You
  12.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  13.   This Christmas (Could Be the One)
  14.   Us 4ever
  15.   In the Morning
  16.   Lose Control
  17.   Alright
  18.   Bravo
  19.   Higher Than This
  20.   I'll Go
  21.   What a Wonderful World
  22.   Children Go Where I Send Thee
  23.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  24.   Be There for Christmas
  25.   Knockin'
  26.   Them Changes
  27.   Raise Up
  28.   Here
  29.   Add to Me
  30.   Someday
  31.   Best Friend
  32.   You & Me
  33.   Mine
  34.   The Truth
  35.   Lost & Found
  36.   Today
  37.   We Are One
  38.   I Tried
  39.   Missy Doubt
  40.   Anything
  41.   That Good Good
  42.   I Miss You Now
  43.   Alone
  44.   I Swear
  45.   Can't Help Who You Love
  46.   88 Boxes
  47.   Praise On The Inside by James Lorell Moss
  48.   So Into You
  49.   Hate Me
  50.   The Answer to Why
  51.   Say No
  52.   Please Stay
  53.   I Need Love
  54.   Get to Know You
  55.   Been Here (Outro)
  56.   Coffee
  57.   I Choose Today (Intro)
  58.   Forgiveness
  59.   Hello
  60.   Let Love Rule
  61.   Shot Down
  62.   Rock With You
  63.   Shut Up
  64.   Shine
  65.   I Gotta Get to You
  66.   Trippin'
  67.   Runnin'
  68.   Love Never Changes
  69.   Thank You
  70.   Upside Down
  71.   The One
  72.   Blues in the Night
  73.   So Right
  74.   Hello to the Pain (Interlude)
  75.   All the Way
  76.   Turn Me Loose
  77.   What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
  78.   Happy Feelin's
  79.   Understanding/I Love You (Interlude)
  80.   Give You More
  81.   Silent Night
  82.   BGTY
  83.   Everything Changes
  84.   Tomorrow Is a New Start (Interlude)
  85.   If You Don't Mind
  86.   Quick Fix

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