Nine Grammy Nominations? Amazing Things We Learned About Ledisi

February 11, 2015  |  
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Thanks to a stellar Selma performance (and Beyonce-Grammy-gate), Ledisi’s name is on everyone’s lips. But fans know, Ledisi’s been a fan-favorite for years.

Read on and learn about her multiple Grammy nominations, Bay Area fame and hidden musical talents.

It’s Pronounced LED-uh-see

And it means “to bring forth” or “to come here” in Yoruba.


She Has A Famous Father

It’s Larry Sanders, better known as L.V. who’s most famous for singing the hook on the Grammy-winning single Gangsta’s Paradise.


Her Grandfather Was Famous Too

Ledisi’s grandfather is legendary singer Johnny Ace. He’s best known for the hit My Song. Johnny Ace sold millions of records before his premature death in 1954.

She’s A Label CEO

When Ledisi’s group Anibade couldn’t get signed despite serious street love and lots of Bay Area radio play, Ledisi started LeSun Records.

She released three award-winning albums on the label before finally signing to Verve as a solo artist.

She Knows The Secret to Luscious Locks

And she was kind enough to share them with us.

She’s Been Nominated For Nine Grammys

Including this year’s when she was up against Beyonce for Best R&B Performance.

Her Christmas Album Is Jamming

Without it, no Ledisi collection is complete. Check out the single Thank You and get ready to jam It’s Christmas on repeat on Christmas 2015.

She Can Cabbage Patch

And she busted this move when she was chosen as one of the VH1 Divas of 2012.


She’s Performed At The Grammy’s Before

Ledisi may have missed this year’s performance, but she’s no stranger to the Grammy’s stage. In fact, she was nominated in 2013 for Best R&B Performance for performing Gonna Be Alright with Robert Glasper at the 2012 awards.

She’s A Published Author

Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power is full of Ledisi’s personal photos, quotes and stories about her journey to accept her beauty, talent and power.

She’s An Accomplished Pianist

Ledisi studied piano and opera for five years at University of California Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program.

She Just Might Be The Obamas’ Favorite Artist

They’ve invited her to perform at the White House seven times.

Selma Wasn’t Her First Performance

In 2008, she played a blues singer in George Clooney’s Leatherheads .

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