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Ledisi Biography


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Birth Name: Ledisi Anibade Young
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: R&B, Soul, Jazz, Neo Soul, Gospel


Ledisi Anibade Young (Ledisi) is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. 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.

In 2000, Ledisi released her debut album, entitled “Soulsinger: The Revival,” independently on LeSun Records. The album spun off four singles, “Soulsinger,” “Take Time,” “Get Outta My Kitchen” and “Good Lovin'.” In 2002, Ledisi released her second album, “Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue,” which was also released independently. The album featured the singles “Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue” and “Autumn Leaves.”

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 earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist. The album peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The lead single, “Alright,” debuted at #45 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. The album's second single, “In The Morning,” debuted at #49 on the R&B chart.

In 2008, Ledisi released her Christmas album, “It's Christmas,” which featured the singles “This Christmas” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee.”

Ledisi released her fourth album, “Turn Me Loose, in 2009, which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200. “Goin' Thru Changes” was released as the album's first single and “Higher Than This” was released as the album's second single.

“Pieces of Me,” her fifth solo album, was released in 2011 and peaked at #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #8 on the Billboard 200. The lead single and title track debuted at #20 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart.