It’s not often someone sings and I immediately get goose bumps. I’ve always longed for a singer, male or female, who can “wow” me with every note they utter. The first time I heard her, I was blown away. She gives me chills every time I hear her croon. Her sultry contralto voice causes me to lose myself in every word she croons. Her tone comforts me like a lullaby comforts a swaddled infant.
Lalah Hathaway’s voice is an eargasmic balm, just like her father’s. Donny Hathaway makes me feel like Maxine as Kyle sang “My Funny Valentine” to her on “Living Single.” Talk about euphoria. “A Song For You” holds a special place in my heart. “Forever, For Always, For love” is what made me fall in love with Lalah Hathaway. It’s sexy, it’s enchanting, and it’s sheer perfection.
“Where It All Begins” is the sixth studio album from Lalah Hathaway. Fused with the sounds of Jazz, R&B, and Soul, this album is a musical gumbo. Lalah has said in interviews that she doesn’t want to fit into or conform to today’s style of music, and she doesn’t. I applaud her for doing what she wants and loves, without assimilating to the cookie cutter music of today.
“Strong woman” is anthem like, without the tawdriness, and features a pulsating beat. Summertime, convertible, and Jackie O sunglasses, this is definitely a feel good song. “Where it all begins” is soulful and jazzy, mid-tempo and groovy. “Do you know who you are…love starts from within.” “Small of my back” is playful and sexy. “When you put your hands on the small of my back, I just want to groove with you…Don’t rush, take your time because you’re blowing my mind.” “Dreamland” is childlike in a lullaby kind of way. She reminds us how beautiful dreams can be. “Lie to me” is about the kind of love that’s unending while the relationship is disintegrating. Wanting, yearning, and needing that one last night with someone before they walk out of your life. “Lie to me tonight, let me borrow your heart until tomorrow, then I’ll give it back..I can’t be mad at you because nothing last forever.”
Full lips, styled locs, and a thick physique, Lalah Hathaway is beautiful. Bluesy, jazzy, soothing, her voice is like a choir of heavenly cherubim’s. “Where It All Begins” is unfettered, unrefined, and bona fide. It’s not boggled down with superfluous beats and void rhetoric camouflaging as great music. It’s merely a great piece of music that will capture the hearts and ears of those on a quest for something to bring joy to their ears.
Check out Lalah Hathaway’s first sing off her sixth album, “If you want to.”