When you think of singer Ledisi there is one word that comes to mind, POWERHOUSE! With her new album “Pieces of me” Ledisi is more confident, emotionally uninhibited, and shows a side of her that we have not yet experienced. This R&B album effortlessly displays vulnerability and transparency, which wasn’t so on her Funk and Rock like album “Turn me loose.” “Before I started working on this album, I had to figure out what I wanted to offer, not only musically, but also spiritually and mentally. That meant I had to finally embrace the totality of me. Now, I know that I am a great woman and I have much to offer to this world.” While the styles are different, the one thing that is and has always been consistent with Ledisi is the QUALITY of music.
In April, Ledisi released her single, “Pieces of me.” Co-written by “studio beast” Claude Kelly (Fantasia “bittersweet” and Bruno Mars “Grenade), this single was destined to be great. “Like every woman I know/ I’m complicated for sure/But when I love/I love till there’s no love no more.” This single is a musical treasure and the powerful lyrics are what makes this song is lovable and relatable. Shedding some of her layers and embracing the woman she’s evolved into, Ledisi debuts a piece of the evolved woman she’s become.
Have you ever had an idea as to what your perfect man would be like? Ledisi likes he men like her “Coffee.” “Serve it to me tall dark and strong just like I like me coffee.” There is a sense of liberation as she segues into “Just keep it brewing baby, soon Imma need my fix.” While she has always been sassy, it’s refreshing to see her flirtatious side.
One of the greatest aspects of this album is that Ledisi isn’t confined musically. She’s multifaceted and this album shows her versatility. Music can be anything you want it to be. It can be sad, happy mundane, and profane, but the one thing it’s not is irrelevant. There is nothing more heartwarming than listening to an artist who truly makes you feel what they’re saying with every note. Ledisi has always been an underrated artist; maybe this album will prove to people that she is more than a great singer. She’s a true vocalist, a visionary, a risk taker, and the epitome of an artist. “