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Lalah Hathaway had always avoided selling herself as the daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway, but by the time she released Where It All Begins in 2011, she'd built her own reputation and earned the right to reconnect with her musical inheritance. In the album art, Hathaway is composed of images from her father’s records. A cover of her father’s 1978 single “You Were Meant for Me” lets the singer collaborate with Donny artistically, if not physically. It's no exaggeration to say that the layers of meaning in this performance go well beyond the song's surface. The same goes for the rest of the album, which finds Hathaway collaborating with fellow second-generation talents like Lee Hutson Jr., son of soul great Leroy Hutson. “Where It All Begins” and “This Could Be Love” show that Hathaway remains R&B’s most composed and unhurried vocalist. She never has to force herself to be heard. The centerpiece is “I’m Coming Back,” a hushed but swift production that brings to mind the image of sand blowing across a beach and translates it into sound.

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I couldn't wait till this came out and I am so happy with it! It has a great fresh feel to it. It is definitely Lalah but with a new spin to it! Every body definitely needs to buy this if you are a true Lalah fan!


First off, it's a vocal masterpiece...just when you thought you heard her do everything imaginable with that rich magic tone, she pulls out even more colors to paint with on this's like a choir in one woman...gorgeously arranged as only she can. Second, it's an ALBUM...not just a collection of random songs. She opens with an urban bang on Strong Woman about a mother, a lover, a friend who deserves respect and appreciation...and she closes with Dreamland, a lullaby from mother to daughter telling her she can be anything she wants to be when she grows up. All this ties in with the title song and the beautiful artwork...LALAH lets us in on Where It All Began for's about family and the LOVE that MAKES a family. The love songs that make up this album are...simply phenomenal! Club jams like My Everything & If You Want To...irresistable soul grooves like Small of My Back & Always Love You...and of course, her legendary ballad work on Lie To Me & This Could Be Love...and just when you think it can't get any better...she does a brillaint cover of her father's classic You Were meant For Me and a new reading of her own concert classic I'm Coming Back that may be the greatest performance of her career. Still...there is one more turn she takes on this CD...a Carly Simon-esque pop/rocker called Wrong Way that will take you delightfully by surprise. Raising the expectations of what we can expect from a Soul Music Album in the 2000's and beyond, Lalah has delivered a Grammy-worthy classic with an eternal shelf life. The First Daughter of Soul Indeed!

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Incredible album from Lalah Hathaway! Unbelievable follow up to her 2008 album "Self Portrait". At the time I considered SP to be her best work to date, however, Where It All Begans, has surpassed the love I have for that album. Artists like Lalah are so refreshing in today's pop-driven music industry. She's proof that you can be successful without compromising the intregrity of your music in an attempt to make a quick buck. Lalah thank you for making good, honest, refreshing music. One of the better R&B/Soul albums of 2011! Hopefully she'll get some recognition come Grammy time.



Born: December 16, 1968 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The daughter of the great Donny Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway made a good impression with her self-titled debut recording in 1990. She not only displayed poise, confidence, and good technique, but was also versatile enough to do more than just light urban contemporary ballads. Her stage shows included jazz, pre-rock pop, and even gospel, and Hathaway later appeared on BET doing jazz and fusion. After her second and final album for Virgin, 1994's A Moment, she went on a lengthy hiatus, returning in 1999...
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