Living In The Spotlight Featuring Ledisi

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NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 05:  Ledisi performs onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2017 at NJPAC on August 5, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET)

Living In The Spotlight Featuring Ledisi

Things you may or may not know about R&B songstress Ledisi!

Published October 23rd

  1. Get To Know: Ledisi
    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12:  Songwriter Ledisi attends the "Collateral Beauty" World Premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

    Ledisi is a multi-award-winning R&B singer-songwriter. A native of New Orleans, the singer was born with music in her blood. Her mother sang in a Louisiana R&B band, and her biological father was a soul singer. From the young age of 8 the star captivated people with her voice. Now Ledisi has grown to be an R&B powerhouse whose career continues to blossom.

  2. Making It To the Spotlight
    NEWPORT, RI - AUGUST 09:  Ledisi performs at the JVC Jazz Festival Newport, August 8, 2008 in Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Douglas Mason/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Douglas Mason/Getty Images)

    In the mid-'90s Ledisi formed a group called Anibade with other local soul and jazz musicians. The group gained popularity in the Bay Area of California. Though the group had many adoring fans, they found difficulty in getting signed to a record label. Ledisi took matters into her own hands and created her own independent label, LeSun Records. In early 2000 she released her first album, Soulsinger: The Revival.

  3. Debut Single
    (Photo: Derek Blanks/Universal Music Group)

    Ledisi's album, Soulsinger: The Revival produced singles such as "The Soulsinger," "Take Time," "Good Lovin'" and "Get Out My Kitchen."

  4. Coolest Connection
    US President Barack Obama (L) kisses First Lady Michelle Obama (R) as they arrive to deliver remarks during a campaign event at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa, August 15, 2012, during his three-day campaign bus tour across the state.      AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages)
    (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/GettyImages)

    Not too many musicians get to say they performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, but Ledisi can! The star performed at the White House on multiple occasions and was even requested by the former POTUS and FLOTUS personally. President Obama was quoted saying, “Ledisi is one of our favorite people,” according to her website. A praise like that from the president is definitely remarkable!

  5. Best Collaboration
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    Ledisi and Kem have a history of touring and singing wonderful music with each other. The two performed together at the Soul Train Awards in 2014 and it was epic! Watch the video above.

  6. Exclusive Info

    Ledisi is still making music and she is on fire! The singer released her album Let Love Rule on Sept. 22 with her single "High." Take a listen above!

Written by BET Staff

(Photos from left: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images, Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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