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Ledisi brings high energy tour to Atlanta

By RASHIDA RAWLS

Ledisi came to entertain, and so she did.

From the moment she stepped on stage in her black blouse and hot pants Friday night at Symphony Hall, the songstress bopped around the stage dancing as if she were alone in her living room.

With a shout out to music icon Michael Jackson, Ledisi asked the quiet audience to get up, move and return the energy she was exuding. She scolded folks for tweeting, saying she could see their faces from their cellphone lights.

“It’s so rude,” the singer said. “But it’s cool, as long as you’re tweeting about me.”

Even with constant audience interaction, it wasn’t until the second wardrobe change that fans began to respond.

Ear-numbing screams and a standing ovation greeted the singer before she even began to sing “In the Morning,” which she blended with “I Gotta Get to You.” Opening act Timothy Bloom, an R&B newcomer with a Prince-like vibe, joined her on the duo “Stay Together.”

A cape-clad Ledisi even performed the part of Peaches from the Nina Simone song “Four Women” on BET’s Black Girls Rock. It wasn’t long until she ripped that off to reveal a tight white-sequined cocktail dress, and then went right into her hit and the title track of her latest album “Pieces of Me.”

Going into her upbeat and inspiring song “It’s Alright,” she explained how the song came about. Ledisi had given up after being told she wasn’t pretty enough, needed to lose weight and needed a different hairstyle. The singer called her mother to say that she was done trying to make it in the music industry and would simply help someone else make it.

Her motherencouraged her to stay steadfast on her path. She told her “it’ll be alright.”  It sounded like a song to Ledisi.

From that lesson, she offered three pieces of advice to Atlanta fans: 1. Find your authentic self and calling; 2. Love yourself first; 3. Be careful of who and what you allow in your personal space. “Not everyone you meet means you good.”

After the scat session that sounded like a vocal game of Twister, it’s easy to see why Ledisi has been up for a Grammy four times. For an encore, the songstress responded with  “Shut Up” – just in case any haters where in the audience.

22 comments Add your comment

Clayton County resident

October 29th, 2011
9:57 am

I was lucky enough to get a free ticket from a friend (10th row, dead center, not bragging tho :-) and loved Ledisi’s energy throughout the show, and all of the music. You never know when you go to a concert these days if the artist will sound as good live as they do on the track, but Ledisi delivered from beginning to end. Timothy Bloom was good enough to make me search for his videos online, but seeing Jaheim sing that song with Ledisi would’ve killed it (for me, anyway)

Either way, Ledisi got another fan in me last night she was great.

J.R.

October 29th, 2011
10:01 am

This woman has been passed the torch by Patti Labelle. It’s only fitting that she exuberates the exact energy of a Patti onstage. Some artist have “IT” and some don’t. I knew from the first time I saw her over 10 years ago back in Oakland, CA; that this woman would indeed make it BIG. She deserves her due and it’s nice that now fans all over, including the Obama’s, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, George Clooney and others now see what I saw. Keep doing your thing Ledisi, I’ll be there everytime you come to the ATL!! The show was AWESOME!!

Look before I leap

October 29th, 2011
10:16 am

Went and was awed by her energy and absolute raw passion for performing. Praise be to her mother for encouraging her to stay in the game. What a shame and loss had Ledisi not gone on to become a major force in the music business. She has a new fan in me. Timothy Bloom has some serious potential and vocal talent but needs to find his own identity and not be a Prince clone.

Rone

October 29th, 2011
10:19 am

And who the heck is Ledisi??

Gary B.

October 29th, 2011
10:24 am

Once you see her perform live you will be a fan for life ! One of the most amazing true singers out there….the show last night was fantastic !!!!

Claudia

October 29th, 2011
10:55 am

@Rone, no need for all that. A quick google/youtube search will tell you all you need to know. Furthermore, if the article doesn’t mean anything to you just keep it moving. Simple really.

bn

October 29th, 2011
11:38 am

I was not familiar with her, first thing I did was head to you tube and glad I did, not at all what I was expecting…figured I would find the latest pop diva crap and instead found a sexy grown woman singing adult songs..and I mean SINGING! Its a relief to hear someone with substance for a change

Daryl

October 29th, 2011
11:53 am

I had the opportunity to see Ledisi at the Apollo Theater in NYC on Sunday, and the show was GREAT…when she told the story of her Mother telling her not to give up, she polnted out that her Mom flew in for the show. The crowd went crazy! It is your time Ledisi…..

levelhead

October 29th, 2011
12:11 pm

Ledisi talent is amazing. I seen her grow from the song Alright, she has remained humble taking sucess with a firm base. For those who just discoverd this wonderful performer Welcome to the the LEDHEAD club!

joyfollows

October 29th, 2011
12:30 pm

Hate I missed her. I’m a fan. I don’t have to see her live to be able to tell that she’s a dynamic singer! I have her CDs, and I LOVE her music and vocal ability. Hope to catch next time!

Willow

October 29th, 2011
12:51 pm

AMAZING show!!! I am her #1 fan and was elated to hear her perform her songs on stage. Beautiful women inside and out. I loved her messages at the end 1. Find your authentic self and calling; 2. Love yourself first; 3. Be careful of who and what you allow in your personal space. (I here you knocking, but you can’t come in). Love it!!! God Bless you Ledisi!

jane hargis

October 29th, 2011
1:03 pm

jane hargis

October 29th, 2011
1:05 pm

she made it BIG alright

Willow

October 29th, 2011
1:09 pm

Jane – I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in. Have a great day!!! :)

casper09

October 29th, 2011
1:22 pm

i got a chance to see her perform in atlanta a while back loved her , love the new cd must agree with most on here she’s a great singer i would say i like the old scholl being i am in my mid fifties luv patti, aretha franklin. and love ledisi

KKdude

October 29th, 2011
1:36 pm

@jane hargis- who cares? We guess you do since you commented, smh.

Kem

October 29th, 2011
1:50 pm

I hate I missed this concert. Ledisi is truly one of the great, under-appreciated singers today. No record label manufactured “artist”. I’ll take her over Bey, J-Hud and the rest of these main-streamed over-singing artists anyday.

Lelah Hathaway is up next (weekend).

Look before I leap

October 29th, 2011
2:34 pm

@Willow: PERFECT response to jane hargis. Too bad her sad little self won’t get what you mean.

Led head from the beginning

October 29th, 2011
3:37 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. From the start to the close her energy was infectious. He should have been a headliner long ago. Good choice bringing Timothy Bloom in to the open, he did a terrific job. He is a very talented young man. I recommend catching this show, her presence exudes a sexiness, style and charisma that is refreshing.

Laschea

October 29th, 2011
3:38 pm

Awesome performance…….

Clayton County

October 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

@ Jane Hargis, wow you must didn’t get a chance to see her. You should learn how to be more positive. If you can’t say anything good, don’t say nothing at all. I got a chance to enjoy this very spritual young lady at the Variety Playhouse and also with Kem at the Fox.. Fabuloooooooooooous…….
Have a great day sweetie!

George

November 3rd, 2011
3:29 pm

This is my girl!!!! I have been spreading the gospel of Ledisi since 2000. Alas, the days of seeing her in intimate venues might be over…but hey…that was in the Bay when she performed all over and we were hella spoiled. We KNEW what we had in the Bay and that it was a matter of time. She had a bigger following in Europe than she had in the states in the ealry 2000’s, but that is just an example how the avg American is fed their music and they don’t really know what good music is at time. To see her perform take your time live…whew! That is called a performance.