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Grammy nominated singer and Verve recording artist Ledisi is excited to announce the release of her fifth major studio release The Truth. The album, which will be in-stores March 11, is filled not only with Ledisi's trademark soaring ballads but also a generous collection of up-tempo, beat-driven celebrations of love and lust.

"With every album I grow, and with The Truth I've gone to a new level. It's an extension of who I am and where I am in my life. Everything I am feeling and experiencing is in this album and I am excited to share it with my fans," states Ledisi. "Of all of my recordings, this is definitely my favorite album ever."

The first single off the new album "I Blame You," written and produced by Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony and Ledisi Young (the team who brought you "Pieces of Me"), is a joyful reflection on that new-found love. USA Today calls it "A breezy-smooth rush of pop-soul nostalgia."

Ledisi explains that her new music is a reflection of her journey of self-discovery. "There was a time when I felt like I had to please everybody," she says. "Now I'm like 'I don't care anymore,' I just want to be fully out there and be the person I really am, which is someone who loves being open and fun."

Ledisi's courage to be so vulnerable isn't the only positive byproduct of her transformation. "Over the past few years, I've really had to ask myself, 'Who are you and what do you want to be,'" she reflects. "I did some mediation and I started working out hard. Not like how I used to where I would do a couple of crunches and then drink a soda! Now I'm really challenging myself. And I love this girl! She's free and uninhibited and having fun with life. I've learned that when you really love who you are, it radiates! It all starts from the within. It all starts from accepting The Truth."

Ledisi's thrill of self-discovery is now available for all of us to enjoy, on The Truth.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00G9JKP42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ledisi is one of those artists that will never get as much attention as the other overrated celebs out there... (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry... You know) But we all know Ms. Ledisi can run circles singing around 90% of these chicks out there. As a long time fan of the Jazzy Ledisi, I have to say this album sounds similar to a lot that's out there right now. Thankfully she doesn't use auto tune (that would be an abomination) but for example "Lose My Control", "Anything", and "That Good Good" sounds very radio friendly. They aren't bad songs, they just aren't "Ledisi grooves" that Im used too and most of them don't really stand out vocally. I think its a good/safe effort but not nearly as incredible as her first 3 albums (She needs to do more like "Autumn Leaves", "Think of You", "In The Morning", "Higher Than This".... where she is REALLY feeling it). My top 5:

5. Missy Doubt - Upbeat, fun, radio friendly, nice to dance too.

4. Can't Help Who I Love - Nice laid back, groovy song.

3. Like This - I like her vocals here. Not too strong, but the message is strong

2. Mine - This one is actually on her deluxe version and I'm in love with it. This is the direction I was hoping she would go with this song.

1. I Blame You - Loved it the first time I heard it. Its sexy and the beat is definitely R&B. The video really makes this track stand out.
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Ledisi's latest album, The Truth, definitely speaks the truth! She starts off with a few fast tempo tracks, then she slows it down throughout the rest of the album. All the tracks on the Deluxe Edition of this album are worthy of being played. Please support artists that put good effort into their music. This is an album that you definitely want to add to your music collection if you are a Ledisi fan, or just looking for new music to add to your collection.
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Although Ledisi has recently found fame as an R&B singer, she is anything but an overnight success. She has about fifteen years of experience, beginning with fronting a band called Anibade. By the time the 2000's came around, Ledisi was performing as a solo artist- releasing two critically acclaimed albums on her own imprint. As 2005 rolled in, she was on the fence about continuing her career, even as she made an appearance on Blackalicious' 2005 album "The Craft". She signed with Verve Forecast to release her formal major label debut "Lost & Found"- however, she didn't want to be pigeonholed as a neo-soul artist. She decided to shake things up a little bit- starting with her excursions into Southern soul and funk rock on 2009's "Turn Me Loose". Two years later, she decided to change gears once again, this time by making the radio friendly record "Pieces Of Me". While the album did fairly well for her, she felt it wasn't enough. This time around, she decided to take things one step further.

In March 2014, Ledisi released her fourth album for Verve Forecast- and sixth overall- "The Truth". On her new album, she makes the transition into sensual and seductive R&B songs. She reunites with a couple of producers from her previous album- such as Chuck Harmony, who produced the first single about finding happiness with a new love "I Blame You". Also present is producer Jon Jon Traxx with the sexual come-on "That Good Good". Darhyl "DJ" Camper (best known for Keyshia Cole's "Trust And Believe" and Tamar Braxton's "Love And War") produces the title track "The Truth", a song in which a couple have to face the sad reality that they are no longer in love. She makes a beeline for the dance floor with "Rock With You", while practicing the art of seduction on "Lose Control".
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"The Truth” is the seventh album by R&B power vocalist Ledisi and also a different musical direction for the many times Grammy-nominated singer, as this record is more up-tempo than previous releases. As Ledisi stated in a recent interview: "I made a decision to not do too many ballads so it reflects the more upbeat side of me. I wanted to make songs that were about my truth. This is the most vulnerable I've ever been.”

On this upbeat R&B album, Ledisi showcases her incredible vocal range as she covers a wide range of topics related to love, also displaying a playful sexuality that never turns vulgar. The album opens with the very catchy “I Blame You” and the disco-esque "Rock With You." Then there is the mid-tempo “That Good Good” and the sultry "Lose Control," in which she sings about taking the lead in the bedroom: "Nice red high heel shoes, Left behind some clues, Follow the roses, Let me reward you.”

Next are the mid-tempo song “Like This” and the radio-ready tune “Anything.” Standout-track “The Truth” showcases her vulnerability, as this is a ballad about the feelings that the songstress went through after her own breakup, and the lively mid-tempo “Missy Doubt.” On the mournful “88 Boxes” she sings about packing up pictures and old love letters, or in other words: "My life, it went from years to 88 boxes.” The record closes with my personal favorite of this album, the ballad “Can’t Help Who You Love.”

Final verdict: with “The Truth,” the New Orleans-born singer deliveres a well-rounded R&B album. But that said, after listening to this CD repeatedly for the past several days to let the songs sink in, the truth is that, while these are all good, catchy songs, there are too few really outstanding and/or memorable tracks on this album. So I settled on four stars: I like it, a lot, but I don’t love it.
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