Just when it seemed like live performance albums had dissipated from the musical diaspora, songstress and Grammy-award winner Lalah Hathaway does something amazing—she releases her seventh album and first-ever live project, Lalah Hathaway Live.
Music enthusiasts are sure to swoon over the album, which is indeed a gem of R&B tunes full of uniquely-blended melodies culminating some of her classic pieces over the course of her 25-year career.
“We tried to create a beautiful feeling,” she explained, describing the artistry and environment of the album.
What makes the album even more distinctive is the fact that it was recorded at the historic Troubadour Theater in Los Angeles, California where her father, legendary musician, Donny, recorded half of his notable, two-sided album Donny Hathaway Live in 1972.
“I grew up with music in my house and for me that’s a big part of who I am,” she said.
Additionally, in classic Hathaway form, she received her third consecutive Grammy in R&B, at this year’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards, taking home Best Traditional R&B Performance for the single and powerful rendition of her father’s classic song, “Little Ghetto Boy” off the album. It’s also a testament to her powerful and distinct vocals and is why the song remains a resounding benchmark in musical history, more than 40 years since Donny first recorded it for his live album.
Her fans can hear the gifted musician this May during the ATL Soul Life Music Festival on May 28-29, at the scenic Wolf Creek Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia with each show beginning at 7:00 pm.
Hathaway says she is excited to share the stage with her musical “buddies” and provide the kind of performances that her fans will not forget.
“Music is one of the people in the room and when I look around the room… I would like to create that kind of music for people.”
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