First Take: Ledisi

With four Grammy nominations and three White House performances under her belt, R&B artist Ledisi has had some big shining moments. Yet she says headlining at Harlem''s legendary Apollo Theater last fall was truly “living a dream.” The spirited, jazz-influenced soul singer, recalling Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and other legends who have graced that stage long before her
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Ledisi Lives a Dream
Apollo Theater, New York City
October 25, 2011
With four Grammy nominations and three White House performances under her belt, R&B artist Ledisi has had some big shining moments. Yet she says headlining at Harlem''s legendary Apollo Theater last fall was truly “living a dream.” The spirited, jazz-influenced soul singer, recalling Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and other legends who have graced that stage long before her, delivered a lively, passionate performance that earned her a ten-minute standing ovation. Ledisi has often attributed her successes to “patience, faith, being good to fans . . . but it all comes back to my work—did she sing or did she sang?”