Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Lalah Hathaway’s New Album Conveys History of Black Americans

Lalah Hathaway*Two-time Grammy Award-winner Lalah Hathaway dropped her “lalah hathaway LIVE!,” album on October 30, and of her new project, she says, “This album is a dream fulfilled! It means everything to me to have built this record with and for the fans, as I mark my 25th year as a recording artist. I cannot wait to take this show on the road!!!”

As Rolling Out notes, the songstress wrapped a series of shows this summer, including a celebrity-filled audience at the live recording for her upcoming album at the Troubador in Los Angeles this past April. Celebrities including Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, Erica Campbell, Kenny Lattimore, Daley, Laurieann Gibson, Deitrick Haddon, Yvette Nicole Brown, Angie Fisher and Luenell watched Lalah wow with her R&B vocals on the same stage that her father, the late great Donny Hathaway, recorded his LIVE album in 1972.

Additionally, Lalah blessed Atlanta fans with a celebration concert at Centerstage the day of the album’s release. Here’s what she has to say about her latest work.

How did you come up with idea to record your next album at the Troubador?

We did two shows in April. I have enough music for two more records [gleams the singer]. The idea actually came from my friend, Donald Lawrence. He suggested I make a “best of” album. What I tried to do was capture the best of my career from 1990 until now.

What can we expect of lalah hathaway LIVE!?

Great music. I want to hear from fans whether it met their expectations. It’s much more interesting for fans to share what they heard.

Who can enjoy this album – generation X, Y or millennials?

I bridged a gap between what is old and what is new. By old, I mean historic, legendary and legacy music. At a point, it conveys the history of Blacks in America – old soul, R&B, gospel, the blues – I am bridging those genres to what’s going on now. Hopefully, I deliver for all the generations in your home in a way we experienced when we were younger. We listened to our parents’ records and they listened to their parents’ record. It was music that was handed down and metaphorically, they were like history books.

For more info visit, check out her official website. Facebook/LalahHathaway; Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @lalahhathaway.

lalah hathaway live (cover)

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