GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Ledisi discussed recording her latest album, The Truth, co-writing the lead single, "I Blame You," with GRAMMY nominees Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly, and why she's not going to "give up" on R&B.
"[The Truth is] full of love," said Ledisi. "And it's the truth about me. I'm not hiding anymore. I'm being me."
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 and Best New Artist for 2007. In 2009 Ledisi released Turn Me Loose, which reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200.
In 2011 Ledisi released Pieces Of Me, which climbed to No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and earned three GRAMMY nominations, including Best R&B Album. The following year, in conjunction with Essence magazine, Ledisi released Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power — a collection of enlightening quotes, anecdotes and meditations that chronicle Ledisi's journey both as an artist and as a woman.
In March Ledisi released The Truth, which peaked at No. 14 and features 10 songs co-written by Ledisi, including the lead single "I Blame You" and "Rock With You." For the latter, Ledisi teamed with an all-star cast of songwriters, including GRAMMY winners Johnta Austin and Jerry Duplessis. Ledisi is currently on tour throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through May. She will perform at the 2014 Essence festival in New Orleans in July.