Jazz Profile: Lalah Hathaway Behind the Scenes

Take an inside look at Lalah Hathaway's performances at the San Francisco Bay Area's famed Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, and in the radio studio for the United Kingdom's JazzFM.

She's been Labeled The First Daughter of Soul, as the prodigal child of the legendary Donny Hathaway. After hearing her live in concert with Dianne Reeves (read my review here), it's easy to understand why. Listen to her sultry, soulful vibe, and share your impressions.



About Lalah Hathaway

Born to R&B-soul music royalty, most people know her simply as the daughter of late music legend Donny Hathaway. But there is more to Lalah Hathaway than that. A trained pianist and vocalist, she is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a career that has spanned two decades. More than 20 years after the release of her first LP, her career continues to thrive.

In 1990, Hathaway made her debut on Virgin Records with a self-titled album, effortlessly fusing elements of R&B, jazz, and pop. It was evident that she not only had the voice, but the talent to carry on her father's legacy while shaping her own musical destiny. In 1994, Hathaway released A Moment in which she explored diverse musical sounds, including elements of new jack swing and funk, while never shying away from her soul and jazz roots.

Hathaway continues to keep busy by recording and touring with various artists, including George Benson, Take 6, Marcus Miller, Rahsaan Patterson, Mary J. Blige, The Winans, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, David Sanborn, Carl Thomas, Angie Stone, Robert Glasper, Donald Lawrence, Eric Roberson, Grover Washington, Esperanza Spalding, and Prince.

In 2004, the long awaited album Outrun the Sky was released, yielding the number-one single "Forever, For Always, For Love." In 2008, she released her fourth solo album, Self Portrait, on the renowned Stax label, which debuted in the top 10 on Billboard's R&B charts and earned Hathaway her first Grammy nomination. Her fifth studio album, Where It All Begins, was released in 2011.


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