LoveThisTrack had the pleasure to sit down with singer-songwriter and actress LEDISI. The nine-time Grammy Award nominee is in a more positive space than ever as expressed in her latest single “High.”
Ledisi is no novice to the world of music, beginning her career as a member and the founder of the group Anibade in 1995 before gaining solo success with the release of her third album, Lost & Found in 2007.
Beyond gaining acclaim and recognition as a songwriter and R&B/jazz recording artist, she has a flourishing acting career. Her most notable role was the portrayal of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the 2012 Academy Award winning drama Selma.
Check out the highlights of her interview and listen to the full interview below!
On the inspiration behind her new single: “This has been an amazing year for me…Every morning I wanna feel good. I wanna feel good about things even though it’s crazy right now. I think you can still find something good about today no matter how funky it is [laughs]. We’re talking about feeling lifted and high and elevated and next level stuff…This is a sneak peak of really who I am in the studio. I’ve grown now. I’m not worried about what other people think. I can’t afford to—I won’t create. You have to just do you. And it’s not trying to be trendy. I don’t really care about trends anymore. I’ve always been who I am.”
On the creative process of her latest record: “This is two years of really working hard. I’ve never worked this hard on any of my projects. I think this one was the hardest probably because we were very picky and I was a follower more so than a leader. I just opened up to different things…I was looking for the right songs. It took forever. Forever. And I didn’t feel rushed…This time I’m more in my skin and I’ve never been this close to the music this way. It’s very different.”
On collaborating with the late Prince: “I feel like he’s still here when I create because that’s how much he connects to you once you’ve been around him.”
We’re high on Ledisi’s new music and more excited than ever for the release of her next album. Check back here on LoveThisTrack for the latest on Ledisi!
Purchase Ledisi’s new single “High” here.