Every note delivered from Lalah Hathaway’s velvet voice is soothing and oozing with realism.
Her ear and tone are inherited from her parents, the gospel-soulful Donny Hathaway and Eulaulah Hathaway, a classically trained singer.
But make no mistake: the artistic pursuit, growth and career success is something the Chicago-born musician has worked at individually and endlessly.
The songstress, who stopped by JET for a one-on-one conversation, explains that live performance is so essential to her craft because of the instant feedback it offers, not to mention the opportunity to become one with the audience.
“I like to watch people shift in their seats. I like to see the lint and dust filter through the light,” she explains, her lavender-tinged coils moving as she speaks with passion. “I really like the immediacy of the conversation happening between the musicians and the people.”
Gearing up for the release of her seventh album, Lalah Hathaway Live! (available on Oct. 30) she recorded at the Troubadour in Hollywood, the same space her father recorded his live album in 1972.
For more than a year, buzz has been generated for the highly-anticipated work. The first single release and visual, Little Ghetto Boy, was the perfect introduction.
Now, once again we are invited in her world and her art. This is Lalah: soulful, spiritual and sailing in organic success. Hit the flip for our discussion with this talented performer.
*Featured Image: Geoff Black, JPC