One of the most prolific, beautiful vocalists in the urban R&B genre, Ledisi blesses time shared with Terrill about her new release “Lost & Found” & the many various projects in the mist of her growing career!!
TERRILL: Hey guys, check it out! This is the Urban Music Scene in the house or better yet, on Cyberspace – this young lady brought to us an album that most of you should have heard about , “Los
LEDISI: What’s up, how are you doing?
TERRILL: Oh I’m doing alright. Just trying to keep it going. What’s happening with you? Where are you at, are you in
LEDISI: Yes, I’m still hanging out here, doing some extra work on the side, promo stuff.
TERRILL: You know what, on behalf of the Music Scene, the Urban Music Scene – congratulations for hitting the top 10, R&B Hip Hop Billboard’s chart. And uh, how do you feel about that?
LEDISI: I feel good. I just want it to stay there. (laugh). It’s a great, great, great thing with no video, just total word of mouth. It’s jus
TERRILL: Why don’t you talk to us about “Los
TERRILL: Good good. And altogether tha
LEDISI: I’m glad you like it!
TERRILL: I’m digging it, oh I’m digging it. Definitely, we have a review of it on the site and it’s getting a lot of love too. It’s refreshing, because you’re coming with real music. And a couple of times I hear you talking abou
LEDISI: Well, it’s completely different and so to compare it, the only that I would say is that it is still me. The other albums are a little more raw and organic. And kind of in your face – you’re gonna love me kind of thing (laugh). Or just full – out in your face. But this record, I’m just much more calmer and secure in myself and I feel like a grown woman on this record.
TERRILL: Right. Grown lady, huh? Well I tell you what, let me take you to the grown lady aspect. You took back a track in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, that just blew the minds of a lot of our readers at the Urban Music Scene. We presented a video, ah a video but you s
ing a song on that tribute, girl that was a powerful song. Do you want to talk to us about it?
LEDISI: Yes, I mean all the tributes or records that you hear me on – They would just fall in my lap. Someone was supposed to sing that song “Devotion” and the other “My Sensitivity” and they were jus
TERRILL: That’s awesome. That’s very awesome! You know one of the things we all thought was strong is the Ella Fitzgerald tribute album and this latest release “Los
LEDISI: Without Aretha – you wouldn’t have Chaka. Or the Sara and Ella and I really love instrumentalists. They’ve inspired me a lot. Miles, Donald Byrd, and Thelonious Monk had huge influences on me but the singers definitely! I mean Dinah Washington, whom I love. Nancy Wilson, I love. Carmen McCray, those women are the people before me who has big influences on me and really truthfully, the biggest influence for me is my mother. Without her listening to all those different things, I would not be introduced to another form of singing or instrumentalist. I didn’t know how much my mom loved these singers until I went back and listened to their records and studied my mother and watch her on stage. To watch her from the outside of a club, anything, I mean my mom – she never gave half of her energy. She always gave 110%, even at rehearsals. She always gave there too, so I learned that from my mother. Like everybody is like your energy is so big. I never half do it, I can’t. There’s no other way around it!
TERRILL: I know. I mean it’s just right straight from your voice. The way you carry a song and just how much you put energy into it passionately. You know very passionate singer and we’re just thankful to God that you are just in the game hopefully you will continue to stay I the game. But now you have more than jus
LEDISI: (laugh) Yes… I love acting. On stage, it’s not acting except when I do the Broadway. I’ve done Broadway, which of course I’m working with George C. Wolfe and Tommy Kuschner. “Carolina Change” was my first big tadoo professionally. Oh not really, but on a big level, it’s called “
TERRILL: Wow, that’s awesome.
LEDISI: (laugh) Yes! I have a small part and then a big film.
TERRILL: That’s right, so you got both worlds rocking right now, the acting.
TERRILL: You know what I’m saying – you’re acting, you’re singing and you’re very charismatic. You know one of these days when we do
another interview, we got to do a face to face because I know just seeing you is a very vibrant but definitely, TUMS – TUMS is The Urban Music Scene. TUMS wishes you the best girl, God bless you, we hope that….
LEDISI: Awe, thank you.
TERRILL: Keep it going!
LEDISI: You’re such a sweetheart. Thank you for the outlet. Without you, you know – we couldn’t tell the rest of the world, so thank you.
TERRILL: Oh anytime, anytime. And you know we’ll definitely keep the noise out there about that “Los
LEDISI: Yes. I’m working on a tour for “Lost and Found.” I’m excited about what is going on with the Count Basie Orchestra, the new Yoshis in
TERRILL: Ain’t nothing wrong with that right? You can’t turn down anything good. If it’s good, you know you got to take it now!
LEDISI: I know, I know. It’s just so exciting.
TERRILL: That’s what comes from blessings sometimes. You know when blessings come – they come like that, and you’re just that blessing in your voice. they just come right out of the sky
TERRILL: You’re just that beautiful. That’s just your talent. We wish you the best.
LEDISI: Thank you!
TERRILL: are we going to do a part 2 down the line?
LEDISI: I would love to and in person would be even better. ‘Cause I need a hug! You know you got to give me a hug!!
TERRILL: You need a hug? Here, here’s my way of giving you a hug (A big snuggly grawl!!)– ah there you go!
LEDISI: Oh, I can feel it!
TERRILL: Hey, sweetheart. Thank you so much Ledisi, it’s been an honor.
LEDISI: Thank you!
TERRILL: I’ll stay in touch
and you better stay in touch, too!
TERRILL: I’ll holler at you later.
LEDISI: Alright, you take care. Thank you!
TERRILL: You got it baby!
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