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Ledisi at Sound Board, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Good things were forecast for Ledisi Anibade Young when she emerged with her first album, “Soulsinger: The Revial,” in 2000. And they’ve largely come true.

Blending jazz, R&B, gospel and some blues -- which she soaked in while growing up in New Orleans -- Ledisi has gone on to release eight studio albums and has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards. She also won the 2017 Soul Train Soul Certified Award. She’s done some work in film (2014’s “Selma”).

Ledisi’s latest release, 2017’s “Let Love Rule,” won rave reviews, and it’s provided fuel that’s carried her into 2018 with plenty of momentum -- and more plans for the future...

• Ledisi, 46, is still promoting “Let Love Rule,” which she still considers the most representative work she’s done to date. “I thought I was comfortable before, but I’m completely OK with me and singing the songs live and seeing people sing the words and get what I do,” Ledisi says by phone. “The freedom in these songs has been fun, and I’m finally learning that. I can stand in my truth with comfort, knowing people get it. I don’t have to work so hard to explain it anymore, like, ‘I gotta make them love it!’ No, they already love it. So I’m OK in my lane now, and that’s a really good feeling.”

• Ledisi took a break from her own work last year to tour with Kirk Franklin for The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour, which she says was “was very different and interesting and fun, very much like two worlds colliding together. But it was very fun. I’ve had people come out to my shows and say, ‘I saw you with Kirk. Now I’m excited to see you again doing your own thing.’ It was a really great experience.”

• Ledisi reveals that she’s “already planned what I want to do next, but I’m waiting for the OK for it.” After portraying Mahalia Jackson in the film “Selma” Ledisi has also written several movie scripts that are being shopped around and has “two offers for some things” in the film world. “I don’t mind being in the background,” Ledisi says. “I don’t necessarily need to be on camera. I’m more of a storyteller, anyway; I love writing the stories. So we’ll see what happens, where the road leads me. You can plan all you want, but life will happen and you’ll have to go with the flow. I just try to always be a step ahead -- or three.”

If You Go:

• Ledisi, Melanie Fiona and Tweet

• 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

• SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $45-$57.

• Call 1-866-782-9622 or visit soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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