Ledisi: Sharing the Gift of Song and Inspiring Future Generations

Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief Data News Weekly

A Woman of Excellence

She is an amazing flower, with a voice that captivates. She’s garnered both critical and commercial success throughout her decades-long career. Ledisi, a Grammy Award-Winning Artist, who continues to leave an indelible mark on the music industry with her powerful voice and emotive performances. This beautiful songstress was born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland, Ledisi Anibade Young has built a career characterized by versatility and resilience. Her unmistakable sound blends elements of R&B, jazz, gospel, and soul, earning her a devoted fanbase. Recently, one of her stops on her successful tour was New Orleans.

“I love New Orleans, where I was born, and I feel a deep sense of connection to the city every time I come here. The food, the people, the rich history, the culture. It is amazing and like no other city. I get to see my family and friends; I am proud to have it as part of the story of who I am.”

Staying True to Herself
Ledisi began singing in her church choir and later trained in opera and jazz at the University of California, Berkeley. She formed a band called Anibade and released her first album independently, which led to her being signed by a major label. Her breakthrough came with the release of her album “Lost & Found” in 2007, which earned her several Grammy nominations with her winning in 2021 for Traditional Best Performance.

“My life has been ups and downs in the business. I am happy to win the awards, but I feel my story is more about persevering and staying true to myself. This is as an artist and a person. To not get caught up in chasing trends and being unapologetically who I am. I get women and men who say that my music changed their lives or inspired them. This is a greater reward for me than winning awards. That my music has impact on a human level hand has longevity.”

Passing it On to the Next Generation
The late great artist and scholar John Scott mantra was “Pass It On” this is what Ledisi is doing. Recently, she taught classes at the Berklee College of Music. Where at the recent commencement she was presented an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree. In addition to the commencement festivities there was a concert featuring a global cast of over 200 student vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, arrangers, and track producers from the graduating class, who will perform a musical tribute to Ledisi’s acclaimed body of work.

“I think that giving back is important. I am really excited to have poured into the students at the Berklee School of Music. I have learned as much from them as they have from me. I think that teaching goes far beyond the classroom. Everything we experience in life can provide opportunities to learn and grow. It is what I have aimed to do in my many creative projects, using these platforms to help people not to just enjoy, but reflect and become better versions of themselves.

A Woman of Excellence: Being an Honorary Delta

Ledisi was inducted into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is an honorary member. She joins other honorary members, CNN’s Abby Phillip, MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid and Collette V. Smith-the NFL’s first Black woman coach. In a press release from the organization it said, honorary membership is the highest honor extended to women who have made significant contributions to society while excelling in their chosen field.

“I have family members and friends who are Deltas, their commitment to service and displaying intelligence, elegance, and excellence is a great legacy for Black women. I am humbled to be selected as an honorary member and will use my platform and voice to help elevate the great work they have been doing for over 100 years.”

Impact and Legacy
Ledisi’s influence extends beyond her music. She is celebrated for her authenticity, vocal prowess, and commitment to her craft. Her journey from an independent artist to a Grammy-Winning powerhouse serves as an inspiration to many aspiring musicians.

“I am a testament that staying true to yourself pays off. It is my goal to continue to grow as an artist and person. Hoping to make a positive impact on others and inspire future generations to aspire to excellence on their own terms.”

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