Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters

Ep. 152 - LEDISI ("Anything for You")

Episode Summary

Singer, songwriter, actress and 12-time Grammy nominee Ledisi is an NAACP Spirit Award honoree with more than a dozen singles that have hit Billboard's Adult R&B chart. She joins us to chat about her process and her wide-ranging influences.

Episode Notes

Co-hosts Scott and Paul pay tribute to the legacies of Eddie Van Halen and Johnny Bush, two songwriters from very different genres who recently passed. 

Our in-depth interview with the amazing Ledisi where she reveals her wide-ranging influences; gives us the inside track on working with Rex Rideout, Raphael Saadiq, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; talks about the hand Prince played in shaping her career, and explains why she geeked out when she saw Bruce Springsteen at the Grammy Awards. 

Ledisi is a singer, songwriter, and actress with a dozen Grammy nominations in categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song. After several years on her own independent label she signed with Verve Forecast Records for her album Lost & Found, which hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. She went on to release a string of albums for the label, all of which hit the Top 5 on the US charts. In addition, she landed more than a dozen hits on Billboard’s R&B singles charts, including “Alright,” “Goin’ Thru Changes,” “Pieces of Me,” “Stay Together,” “I Blame You,” “High,” “All the Way,” and others. In addition to her twelve Grammy nominations, Ledisi has won two Soul Train Music Awards, been nominated for Best Female Artist three times at the NAACP Awards, and is an NAACP Spirit Award honoree. She performed at the White House seven times at the request of Barack and Michelle Obama, and has maintained consistently high critical acclaim—from her first album to her most recent release, The Wild Card on her own Listen Back Entertainment in partnership with BMG.