14 Songs, 1 Hour, 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Lalah Hathaway

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 with Joe Sample for The Song Lives On (GRP). The following decade and into the 2010s she released Outrun the Sky (Sanctuary, 2004), Self Portrait (Stax, 2008), and Where It All Begins (Stax, 2011) -- all fine albums involving collaborations with the likes of Mike City, Rahsaan Patterson, Rex Rideout, and Dre & Vidal. They established Hathaway as one of the finest adult contemporary R&B vocalists of the 2000s and 2010s. A 2013 collaboration with the band Snarky Puppy -- on a cover of Brenda Russell's "Something" -- won a 2014 Grammy Award in the category of Best R&B Performance. The following year, thanks to her role in Robert Glasper Experiment's update of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America," Hathaway picked up the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance. She then recorded and released Live. A document of back-to-back sets recorded at Los Angeles' Troubadour, the same venue her father played in 1971 -- as heard on the first side of his 1972-released album of the same title -- it was released in 2015. A version of "Little Ghetto Boy" took the 2016 Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance. ~ Ron Wynn & Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    December 16, 1968

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