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Aretha Franklin may be hailed as the ‘Queen of Soul,’ but it’s Lalah Hathaway who has earned the title of the ‘First Daughter of Soul.’ The latter is the daughter of the legendary soul crooner Donny Hathaway, yet has developed her own musical chops rather than piggy-backing on her father’s legacy. Her career, which kicked off in the second half of the 1980s, has seen her release six studio offerings and a wealth of jazz numbers. Her soulful vocals have graced the albums of many a notable artist in the industry, from Pete Escovedo and Grover Washington to Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper. Music has been ingrained in her genes and she oozes melodious appeal every time she takes to the mike. Make sure you book your Lalah Hathaway tickets to get a hearty tuneful of some R ‘n’ B royalty.
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Even before Lalah Hathaway could get a taste of her father’s soulful fare, it was her gospel singing mother Eulaulah Hathaway that set the stage for her musical upbringing. Named after both her parents as Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway, Lalah was only ten when her father died in what was purported to be a suicide. However, instead of Lalah withdrawing into a shell, she used music as a means of catharsis and started penning lyrics by the time she entered 10th grade. In 1989, when she had just turned twenty, Lalah was signed onto Virgin Records and released her debut self-titled record the following year.
Lalah Hathaway barely charted on Billboard 200 but shot straight up the US R&B chart, peaking at the 18th spot. The respective singles further asserted her powerful R&B voice, such as "Heaven Knows," "Baby Don’t Cry," "Somethin’ " as well as "I’m Coming Back." Lalah soon started proving to her burgeoning admirers and critics that she was not someone born with a soulful spoon in her mouth. Four years later in 1994, Lalah released her second studio offering and it did not disappoint. A Moment was also released by Virgin Records and became a top-forty record on the US R&B chart, as well as peaking at 23 on the Heatseekers chart. Lalah Hathaway truly came into her own right on the eve of the new millennium following the release of her third record The Song Lives On, released on CD by GRP records. Beside charting on Billboard 200 and climbing up to the 53rd spot on the US R&B chart, the album shot up the US Jazz albums chart, stopping one shy of the top spot.
Though the album The Song Lives On was a collaborative effort with Joe Sample, Lalah’s stellar vocals were all the rage on the entire record, with tracks such as "Fever" and "When Your Life Was Low" being a testament to her jazz prowess. Her fan base now was not just limited to the North American market but all across the Atlantic and beyond. Even though there was a lapse of 10 years between her solo studio offerings, she came back with a vengeance as she had kept on firing on all cylinders all along through her live performances. Her track "Forever, For Always, For Love" from her 2004 solo album Outrun The Sky broke through the roof with a 17-second note sung to perfection.
Lalah Hathaway may have been criticized from time to time for not covering her father’s songs and somehow not paying her respects to his legacy, but she maintains that she draws constant inspiration from his work. She proudly asserts that all that she is today is because of the musical standards that her father set and to which she aspires to match continuously. Her recent albums, 2008’s Self portrait and 2011’s Where it all Begins went top-ten on the US R ‘n’ B albums chart, as well as peaking at the 63rd and the 32nd spots respectively on Billboard 200. He single "Let Go" from the former album garnered considerable commercial and critical acclaim, with "That Was Then" clinching a "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" Grammy nomination, a first for Lalah. So claim your Lalah Hathaway tickets for being symphonically seduced by this geyser of soul.