GRAMMY-nominated artist Ledisi was among the participants at the recent GRAMMY GPS: A Road Map For Today's Music Pro hosted by The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter. During the event, Ledisi participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, discussing her GRAMMY nominations, vocal health and her new book, Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power, among other topics.
"I know who I am and I've always been comfortable in my own skin," said Ledisi. "I wouldn't change to fit in, I said, 'This is who I am and as I grow, this is who I'm growing into.' And I was waiting for the industry to 'get it.' Right before I signed with a major label is when I almost gave up. I'm so glad I never did and I'm able to be in this industry … and be myself."
Born in New Orleans, Ledisi first performed at age 8 with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Her solo career launched in 2000 with her independently released debut album Soulsinger, which was followed by 2002's Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue. Ledisi subsequently signed with Verve Records, releasing her third album, 2007's Lost & Found, which netted Ledisi a GRAMMY nomination for Best R&B Album. That same year, she also received a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist. In 2009 Ledisi released Turn Me Loose, which reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200.
Most recently, Ledisi received three GRAMMY nominations in 2011, including Best R&B Album for Pieces Of Me, which reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200. In conjunction with Essence magazine, in June Ledisi released Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power. The book contains a collection of inspiring and enlightening quotes, anecdotes and meditations that chronicle Ledisi's journey both as an artist and as a woman.