Singer Ledisi has been through her ups and downs in the music business, at one point considering leaving the business altogether. But on her seventh studio album The Truth, Ledisi says she’s feeling great about herself, her music and her life. The album is almost a concept release, a tight 10 tracks about love, heartbreak and acceptance.
“I had a big breakup and instead of doing sad slow songs I wanted things to be uplifted,” she told Skip Murphy, in for Tom Joyner this week. “I wanted people that its sometimes better to let go I didn’t want to live in denial I wanted my life to be greater and I had some great things going on but I wasn’t enjoying it and the truth was I wasn’t happy in my personal life. So the album became my audio journal.”
Ledisi, whose given name means ‘to bring forth’ in the Yoruba language, is noticeably slimmer and has changed from shorter red locs to a longer, blonder style. She says that after her breakup, she started checking things off her personal “bucket” list and that one of those things was getting in better shape.
“I decided I wanted to do some working out. I like heels and I like hip-hop and I decided I wanted to take this ‘Heels and Hip-Hop’ class that I’d avoided for three years I went and there were girls curvier than me in there getting it. I was like, whoah! Other women inspired me to do it.”