Produced by Ron. T. Young and Ledisi Young, The Creative Conversations with Ledisi Podcast is a series of unpredictable conversations where creatives talk openly about life, their art and so much more. Guests include Grammy Award Winners, Stephanie Mills, Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Gordon Chambers and Lisa Fischer, The Baylor Project, Lizz Wright, Dyllon Burnside, and Regina Belle.
Ledisi is a 12x Grammy-nominated vocal powerhouse who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the Bay area music scene.
Ledisi Anibade Young born March 28, 1972, better known simply as Ledisi, is an American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter, and actress. Her first name means “to bring forth” or “to come here” in Yoruba. In 1995, Ledisi formed the group Anibade. After unsuccessfully trying to get the group signed to a major label, she formed LeSun Records with Sundra Manning. Anibade and Ledisi released an album entitled “Soulsinger” (black and white cover on the LeSun Music independent label) featuring the song Take Time, which gained substantial airplay from San Francisco area radio stations. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee, Ledisi has released eight studio albums between 2000 and 2017.
In 2000, Ledisi re-released her first major label signed album, titled Soulsinger: The Revival. Ledisi and her group toured in 2001. In 2002, Ledisi released her second album, Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue. The album won an award for “Outstanding Jazz Album” at the California Music Awards.
In 2005, Ledisi signed a record deal with Verve Forecast and released her third album, titled Lost & Found, on August 28, 2007; it 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 two Grammy nominations, followed by her fifth album Pieces of Me (2011) which debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart at number eight, becoming the first top-ten album of her career and her highest-charting album to date. It also garnered three Grammy nominations at the 54th Grammy Awards including for Best R&B Album. In 2013, she received a nomination for Best R&B Performance at the 55th Grammy Awards for her collaboration with fellow R&B and jazz musician Robert Glasper for the album cut “Gonna Be Alright” from his fifth album Black Radio (2012). In 2014, she released her sixth album The Truth to critical acclaim and moderate sales. She portrayed legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, Selma.