Above: Promotional photo of musical artist Ledisi.
Ledisi Young (her given name meaning "to bring forth" in Nigerian) was born in Louisiana, where she sang with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra when she was eight years old and spent many adolescent hours watching her mother perform with a local R&B band, often in a nearby park. After the family relocated to Oakland, California, Ledisi followed her mother's lead and sang in a local band, but left to form her own identity and her own group.
The appropriately titled "Turn Me Loose," her hardest-hitting release, featured collaborations with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, as well as Raphael Saadiq. Her most popular disc, it topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and crossed into the Top 20 of the Billboard 200. "Pieces of Me," an album that involved the likes of Rex Rideout, Mike City, and Chuck Harmony as well as Jaheim was produced in 2011.