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Be Good To Yourself...B.G.T.Y. Tour featuring LEDISI with special guest, ERIC BENET live in concert and and MC host Terry Moore. Taking place on Sun-7/22 at 7 pm at the Woodlake Hotel (formerly the Radisson hotel) outdoors on The Grove in Sacramento. Buy tickets online now.
On a midsummer evening, as the sweltering heat of Sacramento subsides for a cooler night sky, Northern California’s own multi-Grammy nominated songstress, Ledisi will step onto the outdoor stage at the Grove Amphitheater at the Woodlake Hotel, formerly the Radisson and brandish a voice that has turned the 33 year old into a bonafied R&B superstar.
Supported by veteran Soul crooner, Eric Benet on the NorCal leg of the Be Good To Yourself Tour, Ledisi returns to Sacramento after a few year hiatus. The recent release of Ledisi’s first book, Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power, a literary collaboration with Essence Magazine and 2011’s critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated LP, “Pieces of Me” continue to build Ledisi’s legacy as a an empowering and soulful lyricist and powerhouse vocalist.
Ledisi was born in rural Louisiana and later moved to the Bay Area after winning a Shellie Award when she was ten. Her career evolved and she formed a group called Anibade, her middle name, with Sundra Manning, Cedrickke Dennis, Nelson and Wayne Braxton and Rob Rhodes. The group gained notoriety in the Bay Area but was unable to secure a record deal.
A determined Ledisi, fought onward and released her first solo album entitled, Soulsinger: The Revival, on her own indie label, LeSun Records in January of 2000. Riding the album's four-single success, the group toured on. She released her follow up, Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue in 2002. The following year the album garnered acclaim as it was dubbed the 'Outstanding Jazz Album' of the year.
Ledisi then bemused fans by taking a five-year hiatus, returning in August 2007 to release her third album Lost & Found. The album scorched charts and earned her two Grammy nominations. In 2008 she released a Christmas album. In 2009 Ledisi released her fourth solo album Turn Me Loose and gained a few more Grammy nominations as well as the approval of her peers. Ledisi released her solo album, Pieces of Me, in 2011 and debuted at number eight on the Billboards Top 200 and the LP sold over 38,000 units in its first week alone.
B.G.T.Y. tour special guest, Eric Benét, who was recently nominated for a 2012 Grammy for "Best Traditional R&B Performance" for his single "Sometimes I Cry," and is riding the crest of a top 50 album with the release of his latest recording, The One, was born in Mobile, Alabama, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is the youngest of five siblings. He formed a group with his sister, Lisa, and cousin, George Nash Jr. Although the group debuted their self-titled album in 1992, it wasn't until 1996 that Benét really broke ground by releasing his first solo album, True to Myself on Warner Brothers.
His career and rise to infamy was marred by personal tragedies. His father died of cancer, his then girlfriend Tami Marie Stauff died leaving him the single-father of a one-year-old, India. His romantic life often hit the tabloids with a wide scope of sordid subject matter. He was married to actress Halle Berry, then had an alleged affair with Prince's ex-wife Manuela Testolini who gave birth to Benét's second child, Lucia Bella, in 2011.
Benét went on to release a few more albums which all did well, but in 2012, Benét has launched a legitimate comeback with the release of The One. The album has come out the gate strong and features retro mid-70s styled soul grooves, a slew of instruments ranging from horns to strings, as well as a duet with his eldest daughter, India.