5 Questions With ... Lalah Hathaway

GRAMMY-nominated R&B artist visits The Recording Academy
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    Lalah Hathaway attends the Los Angeles Chapter's GRAMMY Block Party on July 30
August 26, 2011 -- 12:29 pm PDT

(A portion of the proceeds from The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter's GRAMMY Block Party benefitted PATH, a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to ending homelessness for individuals, families and communities.)

GRAMMY-nominated R&B artist Lalah Hathaway was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held during The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter's GRAMMY Block Party at The Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Hathaway discussed being nominated for a GRAMMY, performing live, music education, her biggest career moments, and the importance of Recording Academy membership, among other topics.

"It's the most fulfilling thing that I do," said Hathaway on performing live. "I don't really prepare for [performances], I'm just always ready to go."

The daughter of GRAMMY-winning artist Donny Hathaway, Los Angeles Chapter member Lalah Hathaway began taking piano lessons at age 3. While a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hathaway released her self-titled debut in 1990 on Virgin Records, peaking at No. 18 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. A Moment followed in 1994, producing the Top 40 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit "Let Me Love You." Following a 10-year hiatus, Hathaway released 2004's Outrun The Sky, which features eight tracks penned or co-penned by Hathaway and spotlights the artist as producer. The album also made the Top 40 on the R&B Albums chart for Hathaway, paving the way for the release of 2008's Self Portrait, which made headway on the Billboard 200 and gave Hathaway her highest-charting R&B Albums chart hit at No. 6. The album spawned a GRAMMY nomination in 2009 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "That Was Then." Hathaway garnered an additional GRAMMY nomination the following year for Best Gospel Performance for "He's Been Just That Good" with Kirk Whalum. Hathaway has collaborated with artists including Mary J. Blige, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Her upcoming release, Where It All Begins, is due Oct. 18.

Come back to GRAMMY.com next week to view performances from Hathaway's set at the Los Angeles Chapter's GRAMMY Block Party.

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