Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hooked On LEDISI

Sometimes I'm fed up with Hip-hop and "Gaga Style" Dance music which is the "In" sound today, but don't get me wrong, I love those  genres, it's just that I miss R&B, the kind that I used to listen to when I was growing up in the 80's, like those songs of Whitney Houston, After 7, Tevin Cambell, En Vogue, Surface etc. It's very hard to find singers that sing those kind of songs anymore, most songs nowadays are fused with Hip-hop.

While cruising Billboard R&B/Hip-hop chart a month ago, I happened to come across an amazing song called "Going Thru Changes" by Ledisi, and I listened to the short clip of the song there, and I really love the song. To be honest, that was the first time I heard about the singer. Her vocals in the song just blew me away, and so now I'm kinda hooked on her. Her musical style resembles that of the Neo-soul singer Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, great singers that I really admire. Although their music are not that similar to those great R&B singers that I mentioned in the first paragraph,  the style of Ledisi, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott are a little Jazzy yet soulful, the style is often called Neo-soul.

Anyway, I try to find more information about Ledisi and her songs. I found out that she's actually new to R&B and she's originally a Jazz singer, and she loves the great Ella Fitgerald, and this is very evident in her songs "Round Midnight" and "Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue" from her previous album. Apparently she's been around for quite sometime now. She was recently nominated for Best R&B Female Peformance, and her latest album 'Turn Me Loose', for Best R&B Album in the 2010 Grammy.

I recently became a fan on her Facebook page and followed her blog. I don't know, her songs just speak to me and aside from her music, I can tell that she's a great person. She seems to be a nice and kind-hearted person, her smile seems to be full of sincerity. I recently watched her performance in the 'BET 10th Year Celebration of Gospel' via her FB page with Kelly Price singing Gospel, and wow, what a performance that was!

I'll be looking forward to more of her amazing music and you should too! And one more thing, she's also a Sade fan, a great Neo-Soul artist!

Her Official Website: LEDISI