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Interview:
Despite fears, Ledisi's enjoying her first headlining tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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New Orleans-born singer Ledisi is in the midst of her first headline tour -- a prospect she says she was "afraid of" prior to hitting the road.

"To headline, there's a pressure that comes with it" explains Ledisi (ne Young), whose latest album, "Pieces of Me," debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, her highest showing yet. "Expectations get higher and higher as the night go on. You're worried if people are going to hear their favorite songs or not. I'm a people pleaser, which is horrible. I really want my fans to be please.

"but I"m actually enjoying this. There's a lot of work that comes with the show, before you go out and sing a song. But it's rewarding to do your own show, too, so I'm all the way in it. I'm glad I'm doing it."

And Ledisi -- whose style touches on R&B, jazz, blues and even gospel -- says she has gotten some insight into her body of work by being the night's star attraction.

"I've learned that people have their particular version of Ledisi that they love," she says. "I've grown in so many different directions, but I didn't do it on purpose. I just do musical naturally, whatever is happening in that moments. I don't worry about genres or whatever.

"So I've learned people have their version of me that they like and they'd like me to stay there. But it doesn't work that way. So hopefully they've learned to go with the flow with me and are starting to accept and enjoy the spontaneity of what I do. I really don't know any other way."

Ledisi, Eric Roberson and Timothy Bloom perform Friday, Nov. 18, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.50. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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