Grammys won, music spanning decades and countless appearances, the countdown to Lalah Hathaway’s first live album has begun. Following in the footsteps of virtuoso father, Donny Hathaway, Lalah sets the tone of her new release with the making of “Little Ghetto Boy” music video. Her “Live!” album comprises of several songs that are close to the heart and favorites of those who have supported her music. In a recent interview, Lalah expressed her vision for the new album, not being pigeoned holed into a genre and keeping her father’s legacy alive.
Lalah’s smooth sultry vocals graced attendees at The Shrine in Chicago, a couple of months ago, sending the crowd down memory lane. An intimate encounter took place as though there was an audience of one. There was no disappointment given. From background vocals to instrumentality, Lalah left everyone in awe. Thus, the feel of the “Live!” album will be reminiscent of Lalah’s “Live!” Tour.
“What really fascinated me as a kid listening to Donny Hathaway Live album, the audience was so involved, how they responded to him [and] the ladies talk[ed] to him. I have a lot of that in the show. So, I really wanted to make sure that I captured as much of that as I could [on the album],” shared Lalah on her vision for the “Live!” album.
Narrowing down the tracks for the album was no great feat just as it is not with compiling a set list for her shows. Lalah prefers to gravitate to the songs that speak to her in the moment. No one show is the same as another. This is also true of Lalah’s music style. “I like to sing a lot of different things. I don’t think of music as a genre. I am a musician. So for me, it’s all pages in the same book. There are absolutely things that excite me more or less about different things, but I would never say I have a favorite. I love to be able to be a bridge. I really enjoy being a bridge. Being as great of a musician as I can in any situation,” expressed Lalah.
On keeping the legacy alive, last week, Lalah brought in award-winning producer and director Ali Leroi (“Everybody Hates Chris,” “Head of State,” etc.) and some of the best singers in the industry Jason Morales, Russell Taylor and Urbanverse to recreate an age old story with a modern soul style on her Dad’s song “Little Ghetto Boy.” Paying homage to a man that helped shape her existence and mentored her musical career, Lalah embodies the spirit of her father.
Lalah continues to travel promoting her album on the “Live!” Tour. Visit her website for the dates and cities. She will be back in the Windy City Thursday, Aug. 27 as DJ Dos at The Shrine on the 1s and 2s. Get ready to experience Lalah Hathaway’s “Live!” (eOne Entertaiment) album on Oct. 30. For now, listeners can download Lalah’s singles “Angel” and “Little Ghetto Boy” on iTunes. Pre-order the full album on Amazon.