Ledisi has been acclaimed and honored to open for Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan, but for a while, back in the day, she asked herself, "When is everyone going to get it?" Growing up originally in New Orleans, she felt surrounded by music and encouraged. "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."