Seeing Ledisi perform for the first time while I was away at Hampton a few years back was probably one of the best live experiences I’ve had in awhile. It’s something about the intimacy in her voice and the connection she has with her audience that makes you an instant fan. Ledisi’s latest album entitled “Pieces of Me” dropped Tuesday and fans and avid listeners of her work have been putting the pieces together all day. This project is interesting because it covers the whole dynmanics of female identity, in pieces rather.
New Orleans born, Oakland bred singer releases soul and power into her songs where she pours her heart out about her own self-realization. Los Angeles Times states, “Ledisi — sounding at times like Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin or Erykah Badu, and looking like Janelle Monáe as Billie Holliday — explores different pieces of herself: the libido (“Coffee,” “So Into You”); the ego (“Hate Me,” “Shut Up”); the heart (the Jaheim duet “Stay Together”).” I can relate to these pieces because like her puzzle, my pieces are everywhere. Often times, women neglect or try to hide our issues of self-identity but I love how Ledisi is able to express touchy subjects and put herself out there so that all women can relate to her music.
My favorite of the tracklisting is “Bravo” because not only does Ledisi’s voice compliment the piano background but she tells a message of encouragement to always celebrate your success and overcoming your trials. For me, its always about the small things, the small steps that put me ahead of the game that I will always be proud of myself. So clap, clap bravo to Ledisi for this one.
You can purchase “Pieces of Me” on iTunes or in stores now!