Lalah Hathaway
American singer
Lalah Hathaway
Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway best known as Lalah Hathaway referred to as the First Daughter of Soul, is a contemporary R&B and jazz singer. She is the daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway and a classically trained vocalist. In 1990, Lalah Hathaway released a self-titled album. The album's first single was "Heaven Knows", produced by Derek Bramble. The follow-up single was "Baby Don't Cry" produced by Angela Winbush.
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Lalah Hathaway on why she recorded her Grammy-winning live album at the Troubadour
LATimes - 10 days
It’s an understatement to say that a live recording rarely earns the R&B album Grammy, but on Sunday at the Staples Center the honor went to “Lalah Hathaway Live.” In fact, the soul singer Lalah Hathaway’s concert recording is the first live document ever to win the award, where it joins studio...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Marsalis Honored at 2015 Marian Anderson Award
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Marsalis performing with his septet at Marian Anderson Awards (photo by Dave Ickes courtesy of Marian Anderson Award) Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was the honoree at the 2015 Marian Anderson Awards. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter presented Marsalis with the award after a gala dinner and concert event at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on November 10. The award is named for Philadelphia contralto Marian Anderson, who broke down racial barriers to became the first African American woman to sing with the New York Philharmonic and perform at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1949, she was barred from performing at Constitution Hall in Washington by the DAR because she was black, but Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for her to sing in front of the Lincoln Memorial instead, in a landmark event with 75,000 in attendance hear her sing. The award is given to those who carry on her legacy of artistic excellence and their work for human rights causes. N ...
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The Misunderstanding Of Kendrick Lamar & Microwave Journalism
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Originally published at It was with a raised eyebrow that I read Complex's column titled "Why Did Everyone Claim to Enjoy Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly.'" In the midst of his "Kunta's Groove Sessions" run, a couple of stories surfaced suggesting that Lamar was performing in half full arenas to somewhat fan flames regarding how he is received at live shows. And then this column came nearly eight months after the 28-year-old's album dropped. The fact that we're even talking about an album that dropped nearly a year ago should be considered an achievement considering our frighteningly short attention spans that forget an album a week after it drops. But I digress... It was a strangely titled column with a questionable agenda, to say the least. But my column isn't necessarily about whether or not it's okay to like Kendrick Lamar's TPAB album. Music is subjective. Like it or don't. Nobody cares that much. This is more about the sh*tty state of journalis ...
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Lalah Hathaway records live album at Troubadour
LATimes - almost 2 years
In a line stretching to the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive, outside of West Hollywood’s Troubadour, a grandmother and her grandson anticipated the Tuesday night show by an artist both of them could appreciate. That artist was soul singer Lalah Hathaway, who played two back-to-back sets in...
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On the 'A' w/ Souleo: <em>Black Girls Rock!</em> and <em>Bold Soul Sisters</em> Sound Off!
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Women's History Month drew to a close -- or should we say a crescendo -- this past week, with two special events where women were celebrated and given a platform to share their thoughts on a host of topics, including the "F" word: feminism. Kathy Sledge at Apollo Bold Soul Sisters Panel/Credit: c. bay milin At the Apollo Theater's panel discussion, Bold Soul Sisters: A Revolution of Sound and Style, moderated by music journalist and essayist Christian John Wikane, four legendary recording artists (Rochelle Fleming of First Choice, Nona Hendryx of Labelle, Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters, and Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge) reflected on the cultural impact of 1970s girl groups that revolutionized the scene with their progressive style, provocative lyrics, and feminist stance. Christian John Wikane and Nona Hendryx at Apollo Bold Soul Sisters Panel Credit: c. bay milin The taping of BET's Black Girls Rock! at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center included several mu ...
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<em>Dear Governor Cuomo</em>: A Conversation with Natalie Merchant, Plus Catching Up with Freda Payne
Huffington Post - over 2 years
A Conversation with Natalie Merchant Mike Ragogna: Natalie, what have you been up to lately beyond the new album? Natalie Merchant: I've become extremely active in the fight against hydraulic fracking in New York. Where are you based? MR: Iowa, though I grew up in New York, so this concerns me as well. NM: Well, New York is sitting on the Marcellus Shale, which has huge reserves of natural gas, but the only way to extract them is by exploding the bedrock a mile or two under the surface and pulling the gas up using hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater which will then be contaminated. It's also extremely radioactive down there. We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing. Anyway, I've been involved in that, and I made a film called Dear Governor Cuomo, beca ...
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Ruben Studdard Talks 112 Pound Weight Loss, 'American Idol' Fame
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Ten years after becoming the winner of “American Idol’s” second season, Ruben Studdard has released his 6th studio album this month entitled, “Unconditional Love." The 11-track opus finds the Birmingham, Alabama native collaborating with the likes of Eric Benét, Lalah Hathaway, and world renown producer-musician, David Foster. And though the 35-year-old crooner is celebrating his ten year “American Idol” anniversary in May, he has no qualms about the show being referenced as his claim to fame. “For a boy from Alabama who had no idea of how to enter the music industry after getting no responses to the demos I was sending in, it was a great blessing,” he said during a recent interview with Billboard. “It's a six-month music industry crash course. But what you learn quickly after leaving the show is that the industry is and isn't ‘American Idol.’ A.I. is a huge pop show, but the urban market is completely different. Still, the show was first class from the time I stepped off the pla ...
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Tank Brings Real R&B Back To The UK
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tank, the multi talented US R&amp;B singer, songwriter and producer recently hit UK soil for the Kings Of R&amp;B tour. Having performed alongside fellow slow jam hit makers Joe, 112 and Jagged Edge for the sold out London date, I caught up with the power vocalist and talked about his inspiration, his un-conventional R&amp;B name and how he is always working to out-do his own success. First of all congratulations on your collaboration project with Tyrese and Ginuwine,TGT: 3 Kings becoming the #1 R&amp;B album in the U.S! Thank you, we fought for it, and we got it! Your stage name Tank is not associated with Love, Sex or Relationships how did that come about? It was a nickname as a baby, I used to run around and try to fight everybody! It started out as Tankhead and they just shortened it to Tank. I honestly didn't think I would come out as an artist as Tank, I thought my name; Durrell would be the artist name, but then the label was like "No! we like Tank"! Who ins ...
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Lalah Hathaway with Snarky Puppy, “Something” - over 3 years
Want to hear a woman do something superhuman? Stick with this video to get your mind blown. If you don’t get it, there’s not much hope. If you do get it, then you should dig further into the Snarky Puppy Family Dinner, filmed at Jefferson Center. For the impatient: Astounding technique meets deep soul just past the 6 minute mark. Treats for the ear and the eye.
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The 'First Daughter of Soul' Lalah Hathaway returns to her hometown
NPR - over 4 years
Grammy-winning and R&amp;B chart-topping singer Lalah Hathaway is a home-girl – born and raised in Chicago.
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Marlynn Snyder: Lalah Hathaway: Looking Back, To Keep Moving Forward
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Where It All Begins, her sixth solo album (and her second for the recently revived classic soul label, Stax), pushes the artist ahead on her creative journey, sometimes with mixed results.
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A Monumental Life: Star-studded Gala Celebrates King in Grand Style -
Google News - over 5 years
Other musical renderings followed by Lady Tramaine Hawkins whos rendering of &quot;Changed&quot; caused the house to need a moment to regroup, Lalah Hathaway&#39;s velvelty voice which blanked the audience with a trance of beautiful serenity and Marvin Winans&#39;
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lalah Hathaway
  • 2015
    Age 46
    On February 8, 2015, she won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance along with Robert Glasper and Malcolm-Jamal Warner for "Jesus Children".
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    She went on to win the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance along with Snarky Puppy for "Something" in 2014.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    On August 14, 2011, Lalah Hathaway took to her Twitter account to release a free download of "If You Want To", the debut single from her sixth studio album Where It All Begins releasing October 18, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Hathaway, a contralto singer, is the eldest daughter of her father Donny Hathaway. Hathaway's longest singing note held for 17 seconds in the performance of "Forever, For Always, For Love". In many reviews, Lalah is often compared to her father and reviewed to be continuing his vocal style. Lalah has often been criticized for not covering any of her father's songs, although she has appeared on others' recorded covers, such as Take 6's rendition of "Someday We'll All Be Free". Singer Natalie Cole (herself having been noted for decades-long resistance to recording her father Nat "King" Cole's music) actually stated that Lalah should herself cover at least one song, however, Hathaway replied that she feels she does not need to. Hathaway also mentioned during the recording process of her fifth studio album that she does not want to fit into the music industry's current music. She stated, "I don't necessarily want to fit into what's happening now, but I want to stand with it, doing my own thing. I would really love it if people need the record. I put a lot of myself into this album, so I hope people can hear me and understand who I am."
  • 2010
    Age 41
    Hathaway appeared with her band on Prince's Welcome to America opening concert at the Izod Center, December 15, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Lalah Hathaway is one of the National Ambassadors for the Circle of Promise. Launched in October 2007, the campaign was created by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to educate, empower and mobilize the African-American community in the fight against breast cancer. "The rate of Black women and girls diagnosed with breast cancer is rising at an alarming rate," said Hathaway. "We are fighting a common enemy. Knowledge and having a take-charge mindset and attitude are critical weapons in the fight against this deadly disease. I became active because I want to be an ambassador of change. If I tell seven of my friends and they tell seven of their friends and so on, the circle will continue to expand and we'll create a chorus of voices within the African-American community to eradicate breast cancer. I truly believe that this is a goal we can achieve together." The Circle of Promise is nationally represented by several phenomenal African American women. Hathaway has raised money on her tours and record sales to help find a cure for women with breast cancer. She has also influenced women to get tested and tell family members to be aware of the cancer.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    In December 2009 she won the Song of the Year award in the SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award for her duet with DC singer Eric Roberson, "Dealing."
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    Lalah Hathaway continued to support the album and she is currently schedule to perform at the Capital Jazz Festival in Columbia, MD, Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA, and Circle of Promise, which took place in July 2009.
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    In January 2009, Hathaway appeared on BETJ in an interview and performed before an audience.
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  • 2008
    Age 39
    It was released on June 3, 2008 in the United States, debuted at #63 on the Billboards Hot 200 and reached the top ten on the Top R&B albums chart, making this album, Hathaway's most successful album to date.
    More Details Hide Details She received a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy Award nomination for "That Was Then".
    In November 2008, Hathaway joined Will Downing and Gerald Albright for the Soulful Chr*stmas Tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour, which kicked off on November 28 at the Detroit Opera House, appeared in the places of Washington, D.C., Memphis, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Atlanta.
    After the release of Self Portrait, Hathaway went on tour, which began in July 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The Self Portrait Tour was singer Lalah Hathaway's second solo concert tour, intended to showcase songs from her debut solo album, Self Portrait. The concert tour contained ten tour dates in America and a collection of songs from her previous albums, Lalah Hathaway and Outrun the Sky, and few songs from her present album, Self Portrait. The tour only reached America. In late 2008, "That Was Then" was released as the album's second single. The single debut at #105 on the Hot R&B charts and #32 on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay.
    In June 2008, Hathaway's debut for Stax Records, Self Portrait was released.
    More Details Hide Details Collaborating again with producer Rex Rideout on much of the album and working with such artists as Rahsaan Patterson and Sandra St. Victor, Self Portrait became her most successful album to date, debuting at #6 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #63 on the Billboard's Hot 200. The album sold over 9,400 copies in the first week.
    Her first release from Stax was the single "Love's Holiday," from the Earth, Wind & Fire tribute album Interpretations. In April 2008, Hathaway released her lead single "Let Go", which debuted at #51 on the Hot R&B charts and #16 on the Hot Adult R&B charts.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    Continuing her forays into the gospel realm, she could be found on Israel and New Breed's 2006 Chr*stmas album A Timeless Chr*stmas, which also featured Marcus Miller.
    More Details Hide Details The recently re-launched Stax Records label had announced signing Hathaway. Hathaway stated, "The foundation of soul music is rooted in Stax Records. Working with Maurice White on the Interpretations project was more than special to me. There is no higher compliment than to be signed to a label whose music is timeless. I'm proud to carry the torch that will continue to bring quality soul music to a new audience."
  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, Hathaway was seen on the international Daughters of Soul tour along with Sandra St. Victor, Nona Hendryx, Indira Khan, Simone, and Joyce Kennedy.
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  • 2004
    Age 35
    Also in 2004, Hathaway was featured on Donald Lawrence's debut solo album I Speak Life as a lead vocalist on "Don't Forget to Remember".
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    In 2004, Hathaway released a cover version of Luther Vandross's song "Forever, For Always, For Love".
    More Details Hide Details The song later appeared on the all-star tribute album "Forever, For Always, For Luther" and on Hathaway's fourth album Outrun the Sky. The song was released the lead single and peaked #1 on the Adult R&B charts. Forever, For Always, For Love became Hathaway's first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, charting at #112 and #37 on the Hot R&B charts. Hathaway's first solo album in five years featured production from Rex Rideout, Mike City, and Chris Parks. The album's second single "Better and Better" peaked #121 on the Hot R&B charts.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    In 2003, Lalah Hathaway appeared alongside Sanctuary, Pyramid, Mesa, and Blue Moon Records.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    In 1999, Hathaway joined GRP Records and collaborated with jazz legend Joe Sample on the album The Song Lives On, which topped the jazz charts at #2.
    More Details Hide Details The album became Hathaway's second debut on Billboard′s Hot 200 and later charted on Top R&B album chart. The single "When Your Life Was Low" charted only on the Hot R&B charts at #118. The album's second single "Fever" failed to chart. The Song Lives On went on to become one of Hathaway and Joe Sample's most successful album to chart. In response to the album's success, Hathaway and Sample were honored with Billboard/BET on Jazz Award for "Mainstream Jazz Album".
  • 1994
    Age 25
    In 1994, Hathaway followed up her success with her second album, A Moment, which debuted at #34 on the Top R&B albums chart and #23 on the Heatseekers chart.
    More Details Hide Details The release of her second album saw Hathaway embracing an even more progressive sound as producer Brian Alexander Morgan was enlisted for her upbeat lead single "Let Me Love You", which debuted at the #37 on the Hot R&B charts. Later that year, the songs "Separate Ways" and "Family Affair" were released as singles, although neither charted. The album did not sell as well as her first release and eventually Hathaway left Virgin. She continued working with many other established artists, including Take 6, Mary J. Blige, The Winans, and Marcus Miller, writing, producing and doing background vocals.
    A Moment was released in 1994, debuting at #34 on the Top R&B albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details The lead single "Let Me Love You" charted on the Hot R&B charts at #37. In 1999, Lalah Hathaway collaborated with Joe Sample and released her third album The Song Lives On. After a five-year hiatus, Hathaway returned with her fourth album Outrun the Sky. The single "Forever, For Always, For Love" peaked #1 on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay. In 2007, Hathaway signed to Stax Records and in 2008 released her fifth album Self Portrait.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    In 1992, Hathaway appeared on Grover Washington's album "Next Exit".
    More Details Hide Details The song, "Love Like This", which featured vocals from Lalah Hathaway, was chosen to be the lead single off the album. The single charted at #31 on the Hot R&B charts.
  • 1991
    Age 22
    In 1991, Hathaway released an EP entitled Night & Day.
    More Details Hide Details The EP was only released in Japan but the single "Night & Day" was released in America. "Night & Day"' debuted at #110 on the Hot R&B charts.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    In 1990, Lalah Hathaway released her self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at #191 on the Billboard Hot 200 and #18 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The album's lead single Heaven Knows became a top ten single peaking at #3 on the Hot R&B charts. The album's second single "Baby Don't Cry" only charted at #18 on the Hot R&B charts. The follow-up single "I'm Coming Back" was less successful.The album's final single "It's Somethin'" debuted at #21 on the Hot R&B charts.
    Later, as a student at Berklee College of Music, she recorded her self-titled debut in 1990.
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  • 1989
    Age 20
    In 1989, Hathaway signed to Virgin Records and released her first song "Inside the Beat", which was released as a promo single.
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  • 1979
    Age 10
    Hathaway lost her father in 1979, at the age of ten.
    More Details Hide Details He had plunged fifteen floors from a New York hotel. His body did not have any indication of struggle, and the glass from the window in Hathaway's room had been removed; investigators determined Hathaway had committed suicide. The Chicago native first put pen to paper, "with the music," as a 10th grader.
  • 1972
    Age 3
    She again won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the cover of her father's 1972 hit "Little Ghetto Boy" in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Lalah Hathaway was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 16, 1968. Hathaway is the daughter of Donny Hathaway, a soul singer, and Eulaulah Hathaway, an accomplished musician.
  • 1968
    Born on December 16, 1968.
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