An instrument embodied, timbre unmatched, with words that call our most internal emotion…LALAH HATHAWAY's presence is never mistaken nor forgotten. Skilled to the highest order, Hathaway's voice possesses both power and vulnerability with a quiet resonance that fills spaces of grandeur and the hearts of many. "Lalah Hathaway is, quite simply put, the truth." (Diriye Osman, Huffington Post)
With three back-to-back R&B Grammy wins in 2014, 2015, and 2016 respectively, Hathaway made history as the first-ever artist to win Best Traditional R&B Performance two consecutive years in a row. Hathaway describes how her career continues to rejuvenate with new beginnings and possibilities. "Throughout my career there have been points where new recognition or opportunity has emerged that inspires me in new ways."
Lalah Hathaway is, in every sense, a live performer, evidenced by the recent release of Lalah Hathaway LIVE, Hathaway's first-ever live album. Supported by her international fans and peers, Lalah Hathaway LIVE is a result of a successful internet-based crowd-funding campaign. "I wanted to make an album for the fans and with the fans. My fans constantly relay to me how the music they love on my records is taken to a whole new level when they experience it live."
Born into musical legacy, the offspring of musicians Donny Hathaway and Eulaulah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway's career was never a choice: "I was always a musician" Hathaway clarifies, "there was never a moment of ‘maybe I'll be…' " Preparations for the release of Hathaway's debut self-titled album were firmly in motion during her final semester at Berklee College of Music, where the Chicago-native nurtured her multi-instrumental and songwriting talents. Since inception, Hathaway's musical journey has remained devoted to education and musicianship. "I never wanted to be known as just a singer. I always wanted to be a well-rounded musician, with my voice as my primary instrument."
Proof of Hathaway's musical prowess is evident in her work, as performer, musician, writer, and producer. Revered by some of the greatest musicians of the last century, a myriad of collaborations and international performances signpost Hathaway's 25-year success. A true bridge between masters of the jazz and soul traditions and new generations of popular-music innovators, Lalah Hathaway has performed with greats such as Kendrick Lamar, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige, Metropole Orkest, Esperanza Spalding, David Foster, Snoop Dogg, Natalie Cole, Robert Glasper Experiment, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Frank Ocean, Dizzy Gillespie, David Sanborn, Rachelle Ferrell, Take 6, The Winans, Meshell Ndegeocello, Kirk Whalum, Donald Lawrence, Kirk Franklin, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride, and many more.
Enamoured with color, space and the evolution of music, Hathaway's seven albums chronicle an emotive journey through R&B, jazz, and soul. The inflections of Blues, funk, gospel, classical, country, rock, and folk cited in her work are a reflection of this virtuoso's versatility. Underscored by singing three notes at one time (a chord), the Grammy-winning performance of Hathaway's 1991 single "Something," recreated with Jazz collective Snarky Puppy, affirms Hathaway's timeless relevance and documents the vast breadth of her vocal capabilities.
Whether live, recorded, televised or online, Lalah Hathaway's incomparable skill, talent, musicianship and presence are recognized by artists and fans the world over. Like her father before her, Lalah Hathaway stands as music quality personified, optimum in every way.