By Shannon Thomason
Born to music royalty, Lalah Hathaway, daughter of the late soul music legend Donny Hathaway, is often referred to as the “first daughter of soul.”
With five Grammy awards, including Best R&B Performance, many acclaimed recordings and incredible live performances under her belt, Hathaway has created a musical legacy all her own.
Hathaway will perform at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Tickets are $39, $48 and $59. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
UAB students and faculty may purchase $25 tickets; a limited number of $25 tickets are available for each show. All UAB students, faculty and staff may receive a 20 percent discount on single tickets.
Hathaway says her musical career was never a choice: “I was always a musician,” Hathaway said in her bio. “There was never a moment of ‘maybe I’ll be …’
“I never wanted to be known as just a singer. I always wanted to be a well-rounded musician, with my voice as my primary instrument.”
Hathaway’s first single, “Heaven Knows,” hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart in 1990. In 2004, she topped the Hot R&B chart with “Forever, For Always, For Love.” London Jazz News said of Hathaway, “Lalah live is a remarkable presence — musical, jazzy, soulful, serene, funny, and that voice.”
She is revered by some of the greatest musicians of the last century, and myriad collaborations and international performances signpost her 25-year success. Filled with color, space and the evolution of music, Hathaway’s six studio albums chronicle an emotive journey through R&B, jazz and soul.
A true bridge between masters of the jazz and soul traditions and new generations of popular music innovators, Hathaway has performed with greats Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Prince, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Metropole Orkest, Esperanza Spalding, David Foster, Snoop Dogg, Natalie Cole, Robert Glasper Experiment, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dizzy Gillespie, David Sanborn, Rachelle Ferrell, Take 6, The Winans, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Kirk Whalum, Donald Lawrence, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride and many more.