An oratorio usually tells the story of saints or Biblical figures, with a narrator and a chorus delivering the words alongside accompaniment of a classical music ensemble. The form's most celebrated composers, Bach and Handel, flourished in the 18th century, but oratorio style has continued to evolve — Emorja Roberson provides the contemporary proof of that.
April 8, 2022: Today Petaluma Records released the official video for “Knockin’” featuring Ledisi, George Porter Jr, Ian Neville, and Ivan Neville. The new recording is the sixth single unveiled from the upcoming soundtrack release Take Me To The River: New Orleans.The music video for “Knockin’” features footage taken from the forthcoming feature documentary film Take Me To The River: New Orleans, which celebrates the undeniable musical history, heritage, legacy, culture, and influence of New Orleans and Louisiana. The album and film feature new recordings from The Neville Brothers, PJ Morton, Big Freedia, G-Eazy, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Snoop Dogg, Dumpstaphunk, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, William Bell, Ani DiFranco, Donald Harrison, Galactic, the late Dr. John, and many more. A Take Me To The River: All Stars tour is also set for this May, and select musicians featured in the project will perform at music venues across the country.
Movie buffs might recognize Ledisi from the Oscar-winning film “Selma” in which she played gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Currently, Ledisi pays tribute to another legend: Nina Simone. The Oakland-raised performer brings her “Ledisi Sings Nina” tour to St. Petersburg where she last played in February of 2020—the same...
Two tribute albums to famed singers are nominated for best traditional pop vocal album at the 64th annual Grammy Awards – Willie Nelson’s That’s Life, which is the ninth tribute to Frank Sinatra to be nominated in this category, and Ledisi’s Ledisi Sings Nina, the first tribute to Nina Simone to be nominated here.
Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys benefit concert returned Saturday night in Los Angeles, featuring surprise performances by Johnny Gill and Ledisi. “A lot has happened in the world, my world and your own worlds,” the 25-time Grammy winner told the crowd at the Microsoft Theater, according to Billboard. “The blessing is that we are all here to give to those less fortunate,”
University of Arkansas
The Department of Music is proud to welcome Grammy award-winning artist Ledisi to the University of Arkansas for a special Masterclass with jazz and commercial music students. A 2021 Grammy winner, Ledisi is a 12-time Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist with a career spanning almost two decades. Since arriving on the scene in the late 1990s, she's garnered three Soul Train Music awards, an NAACP Theater Award and six NAACP Image Award nominations. Most recently, Ledisi received two LA Alliance Ovation Award nominations, one for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Thirteen might be an unfortunate number for some, but for multihyphenate vocalist Ledisi, it proved to be verifiably lucky. In March, she won her first Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance with the slow-burner “Anything For You,” which also reached #1 on Billboard Adult R&B charts. It was her 13th...
Marin Independent Journal
When the country shut down in March of 2020, Ledisi breathed a sigh of relief. The New Orleans-born, Oakland-reared R&B powerhouse was worried about the rising pandemic, but staying home for a couple months didn’t sound like a bad idea. “I’d been going so hard for the past 20 years,...
Monterey County Herald
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author and actress Ledisi is back at the 64th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival for a third time. Her headlining Saturday performance at the Sept. 24-26 festival will reintroduce her prodigious vocal talents to an audience that may or may not remember when she was last in town.
AKRON, Ohio — *Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from previous report. Let's talk about a "Wild Card!" R&B and jazz vocalist, Ledisi is bringing her talents to Akron's Civic Theatre on Monday, September 6, for a live performance. The Grammy award-winning singer has been wowing audiences...
All week, Press Play is bringing you artist and DJ interviews, along with custom DJ sets, as part of our “Summer Mixtape” series. This third installment features Ledisi, an R&B singer who released her first album in 2000 and hit the Billboard charts seven years later with the song “Alright.” In 2010, Ledisi’s profile rose even more when Michelle Obama named her as one of her favorite artists. It was the beginning of public and private performances for the Obamas, and introduced her to a whole new audience.
Ledisi may have ended her 12-time GRAMMY losing streak in March when she took home her first golden gramophone for work found aboard her latest studio album, 2020’s ‘Wild Card,’ but the legendary diva’s barely had time to soak in the win. Just a month later, she released her first...
Grammy Winner Ledisi Has 4 Mil Views on Song “Record Company Didn’t Like” So She Released It Herself
Ledisi is a gorgeous R&B singer who’s won many Grammy awards but hasn’t had a real signature hit. She has one now with “Anything for You.” It’s a stunner and has over 4 million views on YouTube. But now she says her record company didn’t like the song, so she...
(April 30, 2021) 2020 was an incredibly rough year in so many ways, but one saving grace was the music that talented artists released during the pandemic. And that begins with singer and songwriter Ledisi, who wowed SoulTrackers (and the Grammy voters) with her album The Wild Card, and the single “Anything For You,” – both of which were big winners at last December’s SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards.
NY Daily News
Ice T’s heavy metal band Body Count wins first Grammy Award; hip-hop veteran Nas and R&B powerhouse Ledisi win, too
Beyoncé's historic reign and Megan Thee Stallion’s winning streak weren’t the only standouts from the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Proving that it truly does get greater later, Ice T, Nas and Ledisi finally got their just due from the Recording Academy. Body Count, the heavy metal group Ice-T co-founded in...
Watch: Ledisi, PJ Morton, Camilo, Gregory Porter & More Celebrate 50 Years Of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me" | 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show
To kick off the Biggest Night In Music with proper fanfare and joy, a stellar cast of 2021 GRAMMY nominees opened the 2021 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony with a sparkling tribute to the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's seminal album, What's Going On. Ledisi, PJ Morton, Camilo, Thana Alexa, Kierra Sheard, säje, Grace Potter, Sarah Jaroz, Kamasi Washington, Anosushka Shankar, Bebel Gilberto, Mykal Kilgore, Lupita Infante, Gregory Porter and more performed "Mercy Mercy Me."
With new song ‘Same Love,’ 13x GRAMMY nominee Ledisi deals another winner from her latest critically acclaimed album, ‘The Wild Card’ (click here to stream). Already garnering love from fans upon its late January release, Ledisi’s looking to amplify awareness around the tune by unveiling its official music video (directed by her husband Ron T. Young).