Singer Ledisi has penned a new book, Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power (Essence – June 2012; $16.95). Her new book is an innovative collaboration with Essence magazine. It is a collection of Ledisi’s personal photos, quotes, lyrics and richly detailed stories. Beginning with her performance at Essence’s first Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in 2008, Ledisi charts her journey to acceptance of her beauty, talent and power, showing how she endured and ultimately triumphed in the music business, on her own terms.
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Ledisi, who has been described as having a mix of Tina Turner’s energy, Nina Simone’s brilliance, and Ella Fitzgerald’s range, is a multiple Grammy nominee. She is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her first name means “to bring forth” or “to come here” in Yoruba. Ledisi is known for her jazz influenced vocals. In 1995, Ledisi formed the group known as Anibade. After unsuccessfully trying to get the group signed to a major label, she formed LeSun Records with Sundra Manning. Along with her group Anibade, Ledisi released an album entitled, Take Time. The album gained major airplay from local radio stations.
In 2000, Ledisi released her first album, entitled Soulsinger: The Revival. Ledisi and her group toured in 2001, performing various shows. In 2002, Ledisi released her second album, Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue. The album won her an award for “Outstanding Jazz Album” at the California Music Awards.
In 2007, Ledisi signed a major record deal with Verve Forecast and released her third album in August of that year, entitled Lost & Found, which sold almost 217,000 copies and earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist. In 2008, Ledisi released her Christmas album, It’s Christmas.
In 2009, Ledisi released her fourth album Turn Me Loose, which earned her 2 Grammy nominations.
Her new book, Better Than Alright is in bookstores everywhere. You can also order a copy from Amazon.com, HERE!
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