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Ledisi Little (her particular name meaning “to create forth” in Nigerian) was created within the Big Easy, where she sang with the brand new Orleans Symphony Orchestra when she was eight yrs . old and spent many adolescent hours viewing her mother execute with an area R&B music group, often within a close by park. Following the family members relocated to Oakland, California, Ledisi implemented her mother’s business lead and sang in an area music group, but left to create her own identification and her very own group. She became broadly noted on her behalf performances in Seaside Blanket Babylon, a long-running San Francisco-based cabaret offering song parodies, superstar impersonations, and tremendous hats; she got the gig after getting nominated to get a Shellie Award in 1990 on her behalf function as Dorothy in an area version from the Wiz. She afterwards shaped Anibade (Ledisi’s middle name), which, based on what you examine, means “to create forth good fortune” or “my mom is excellent” in Yorubu. The music group highlighted Sundra Manning (keyboards and key songwriter), Cedricke Dennis (electric guitar), Nelson Braxton (bass), Wayne Braxton (saxophone), and Tommy Bradford (drums); as the lineup was much like Chaka Khan & Rufus, the audio — on record in any case — was mellower than Rufus’ energized, excellently built sounds, occasionally fusing R&B, hip-hop, metropolitan, jazz, and funk within the same container. Ledisi and her music group built a popular reputation within the Bay Region at local night clubs such as for example Bruno’s, The Dark Kitty, and Rasselas. Followers kept asking in regards to a record, therefore the music group cut a demonstration, “DEVOTE SOME TIME,” that radio train station KMEL shown and received an excellent response; this prompted Ledisi to get a cope with main recording companies, which praised and switched her down within the same breathing. Frustrated however, not thwarted, Ledisi slice the critically acclaimed Soulsinger and released it on LeSun Information (possessed by Ledisi and Manning) on January 1, 2000. “Papa Loved to Like Me” — an individual account of the dad sexually abusing his child — is among the CD’s most riveting and questionable tracks. The Compact disc did well minus the benefit a significant distributor: LeSun’s effective grassroots advertising/publicity campaign proceeded to go beyond the normal artist/company website, saturating the web with information, along with a complete gigging plate where Ledisi and organization promoted and offered their Compact disc, T-shirts, along with other products. Amazon rated Soulsinger quantity five in LA (Sept 2001), and it became well-known in Finland, Norway, London, and Amsterdam aswell. Ledisi documented a jazz recording with bassist Marcus Shelby for Noir Information — Shelby’s impartial based organization in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA — that additional illustrated her abilities. Her third studio room recording, Lost & Discovered, premiered in 2007. Two of its singles — “Alright” and “Each day” — peaked within the very best 50 of Billboard’s Popular R&B/Hip-Hop Songs graph, and a set of Grammy nominations implemented. Released in 2008, It’s Xmas featured improvements of “Provide Love on Xmas Time” and “Just what a Amazing Globe.” The properly titled Switch Me Loose, her hardest-hitting discharge, came another year and highlighted collaborations with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, in addition to Raphael Saadiq. Her most widely used disk, it topped Billboard’s R&B Albums graph, crossed in to the Best 20 from the Billboard 200, and led to another couple of Grammy nominations. Bits of Me, an recording that involved famous brands Rex Rideout, Mike Town, and Chuck Tranquility — in addition to Jaheim on the duet — adopted in 2011. It arrived within one place of topping the R&B graph and debuted at quantity eight around the Billboard 200. THE REALITY, featuring a amazing quantity of uptempo materials without the pop concessions, premiered in 2014 and was her 4th consecutive TOP R&B launch. A few weeks following the January 2015 U.S. launch of Selma, where Ledisi made an appearance as gospel great Mahalia Jackson, the vocalist released The Romantic Truth, an EP of acoustic variations.

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Full Name Ledisi
Profession Actor, Poet, Music Producer, Singer-songwriter, Gospel singer
Education University of California, Berkeley
Nationality American
Parents Larry Saunders, Nyra Dynese
Music Songs I Blame You, Higher Than This, Stay Together, Pieces of Me, Goin' Thru Changes, High, So Into You, Like This, In the Morning, 88 Boxes, I Gotta Get to You, BGTY, Alright, Can't Help Who You Love, I Miss You Now, Children Go Where I Send Thee, Think of You, Love Never Changes, Add To Me, Lose Control, Be There for Christmas, What a Wonderful World, Missy Doubt, Bravo, The Answer to Why, That Good Good, Take Time, Get Outta My Kitchen, Rock With You, This Christmas, Take My Hand, Precious Lord, I Need Love
Albums Pieces of Me, Lost & Found, Turn Me Loose, The Truth, Soulsinger: The Revival, Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue, It's Christmas, Ledisi and Anibade Live Recordings Vol. 1, Let Love Rule, The Intimate Truth, Turn Me Loose/It's Christmas
Nominations Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance, Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, BET Centric Award, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Soul Train Music Centric Certified Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist
Movies Selma, Leave It On the Floor, Leatherheads, We Love Ella: A Tribute to the First Lady of Song


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Selma 2014 performer: "Precious Lord Take My Hand" - as Ledisi
A Madea Christmas 2013 performer: "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - as Ledisi
VH1 Divas 2012 2012 TV Special performer: "How Will I Know"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
For Colored Girls 2010 performer: "Four Women" - as Ledisi
Leatherheads 2008 performer: "The Man I Love"
Meet the Browns 2008 performer: "Alright" - as Ledisi / writer: "Alright"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tale of Four 2016 Short Aunt Sara (as Ledisi Anibade Young)
2015 Triumph Awards 2015 TV Movie as Ledisi
Selma 2014 Mahalia Jackson
Leave It on the Floor 2011 Princess' Mother (as Ledisi)
Leatherheads 2008 Blues Singer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
After the Storm 2009/I Documentary performed by - as Ledisi

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The 23rd Annual Movieguide Awards 2015 TV Special Herself (as Ledisi Anibade Young)
2014 Soul Train Awards 2014 TV Movie Herself (as Ledisi)
BET Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Herself
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Tavis Smiley 2009-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
45th NAACP Image Awards 2014 TV Special documentary Herself (as Ledisi)
Good Day L.A. 2014 TV Series Herself (as Ledisi)
One Christmas 2013 TV Special Herself
Black Girls Rock! 2013 2013 TV Movie Herself (as Ledisi)
The BET Honors 2013 TV Movie Herself (as Ledisi)
VH1 Divas 2012 2012 TV Special Herself - Performer (as Ledisi)
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012 TV Special Herself - Singer (as Ledisi)
Empower Me Tour 2012 Short Herself (as Ledisi)
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2008-2012 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself - Guest Vocalist / Herself
Celebration of Gospel 2012 TV Movie Herself
43rd NAACP Image Awards 2012 TV Special Herself (as Ledisi)
The BET Honors 2012 TV Special Herself
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 TV Movie Herself - Performer (as Ledisi)
Verses & Flow 2011 TV Series Herself
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival 2011 TV Special Herself
The Hot 10 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
BET Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Herself (as Ledisi)
The Mo'Nique Show 2009-2011 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
19th Annual Trumpet Awards 2011 TV Special Herself (as Ledisi)
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Chaka Khan 2011 TV Special Herself (as Ledisi)
Essence Presents: Faith in 2010 2010 TV Movie Herself
Black Girls Rock 2010 TV Movie Herself (as Ledisi)
The Walter Hawkins Tribute Concert 2010 TV Movie Herself (as Ledisi)
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 TV Special Herself (as Ledisi)
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Richie 2010 TV Movie Herself (as Ledisi)
2009 Soul Train Awards 2009 TV Special Herself (as Ledisi)
The Wendy Williams Show 2009 TV Series Herself
'TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival' 2009 TV Movie Herself (as Ledisi)
Holiday in Bryant Park 2008 TV Movie Herself
Baisden After Dark 2008 TV Series Herself
BET Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself (as Ledisi)
Great Performances 2007 TV Series Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Performance For the song "Like This."
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Female Artist
2013 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Performance · Robert Glasper Experiment
2012 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Album For the album "Pieces of Me."
2012 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Performance For the song "Pieces of Me."
2010 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Female R&B Vocal Performance For the song "Goin' Thru Changes."
2010 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Album For the album "Turn Me Loose."
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best New Artist
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Album For the album "Lost & Found."


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